Dear Brothers and Sisters,
I would first like to say, “Tough times never last. But tough people do.” Pipeliners are some of the toughest and most resilient folks, but we are definitely being tested. We already had many enemies to battle, such as cheap nonunion contractors, biased judges, and extreme environmental protesters.
Happy New Year to you and yours! Before we turn the calendar and look ahead to 2019, it’s important to reflect on our prosperity in 2018. Local 798 was again able to increase pension accrual rates, retirees received a 13th check, PIBF maintained the $4,000 HRA benefit, and our industry provided an abundance of work for our membership. These are a few of the many things for which we can be thankful.
During this period of good fortune, we were able to utilize travelers from our sister locals to help man the work. As our work tends to slow down a bit during the winter months because weather affects progress, many of our members are now able to seek work in the Building and Trades sector with those sister locals. These jobs give us an opportunity to make a respectable wage, earn hours towards pension and insurance; while remaining on our Out-of-Work Wheel. Building and Trades promote the prosperity of our United Association and provide employment without working non-union.
It is also our good fortune to have newly appointed Brother Chad Gilbert to serve as Special Representative assigned to the United Association’s Department of Pipeline and Gas Distribution. Thank you, UA General President Mark McManus for your vision and confidence in Brother Gilbert. Congratulations and Godspeed Chad. You will surely be missed around here but will make a great asset to the UA team. We’ve all benefited greatly from your hard work and dedication as a Business Agent over the years. Thank you for all you’ve done and have yet to accomplish.
Prepare for the New Year and set yourself up for success. 2019 has strong projections for many work opportunities. By the time you read this, the 93 miles of 12-inch Falcon Line should be underway. Approximately half of the scheduled footage will be in OH with the other half in PA and WV. Integrity and maintenance projects remain steady, which will continue to ramp up as the new year unfolds.
Let’s share our prosperity and shop small, support union, and buy Made in the USA. As always, if I can be of assistance don’t hesitate to call.
- Marshall, MI. 6” meter station for Vector Pipeline. Superintendent: Daniel Vendickson. Working 6-10s. Approx. completion 12-1-18.
Contractors Rental Corp:
- Malvern, OH. 12” integrity and maintenance work for Columbia Pipeline Group/TransCanada. Superintendent: Danny Skeens. Welder Foreman: Trent Dickess. Working 6-10s. Approx. completion 12-8-18.
- Wapakoneta, OH. 2.5 miles of 12” relocation for Dominion Energy. Superintendent: Daniel Schmoldt. Welder Foreman: Jason Rudd. Working 5-10s. Approx. completion 1-31-19.
- Chandler, IN. Cut-outs, tie-ins, and nitrogen purge on 80 miles of various sized pipe for Marathon Pipeline. Superintendent: Kevin Cain. Welder Foreman: Quinton Curry. Working 6-10s. Approx. completion 12-8-18.
- Sawyer, MI. 10” anomaly digs for Marathon Pipeline. Superintendent: Hank Hull. Welder Foreman: Kenny Ochs. Working 5-10s. Job complete.
-Toledo, OH. 2,800’ of 16” relocation for Buckeye. Superintendent: Logan Verslous. Working 6-10s. Approx. completion 1-31-19.
-Evansville, IN. 12” station for Vectren. Superintendent: Jason Sutherland. Welder Foreman: Chad Hall. Working 6-10s. Approx. completion 12-1-18.
- Martinsville, IN. 350’ of 16” for Vectren. Superintendent: John Carlson. Welder Foreman: Eddie Veuhlman. Working 6-10s. Job complete.
- Middletown, OH. Anomaly repairs for BP Pipeline. Superintendent: Cory McDaniel. Working 6-10s. Approx. completion 12-15-18.
-Bellville, MI. Remove pipe spools and reinstall for Nexus Gas. Superintendent: Spencer Fern. Welder Foreman: Mike Green. Working 6-10s. Approx. completion 12-1-18.
-Bloomington, IN. 4” and below flow line modifications for Vectren. Superintendent: Doug Vaughn. Working 6-10s. Approx. completion 12-10-18.
-East China, MI. Fabricate and install 1-36” valve and 1-24” valve for DTE Energy. Superintendent: Randy Recker. Welder Foreman: Anthony Webster. Working 6-10s. Job complete.
-Comstock, MI. Complete final tie-ins on 12” pipeline for Consumers Energy. Superintendent: Jack Hill. Welder Foreman: Brad Mullin. Working 6-10s. Approx. completion 12-1-18.
- L. Morris and Sons:
-Kalkaska, MI.30" integrity work for DTE Energy, Superintendent: Brent Kniss. Welder Foreman: Jesse Krumlauf. Working 6-10s. Job complete.
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Dear Brothers and Sisters, I would first like to say, “Tough times never last. But tough people do.” Pipeliners are some of the toughest and most resilient folks, but we are definitely being tested. We already had many enemies to battle, such as cheap nonunion contractors, biased judges, and extreme environmental protesters.
Dear Brothers and Sisters, I hope this report finds our Local 798 family safe and healthy. By now, the COVID-19 pandemic has reached almost every county and parish in the United States. I don’t know that anyone could have forecasted that this virus would sweep through our country with such intensity.
There is no way to describe the times in which we are living. We are walking through a situation that no one has dealt with before us. However, we do have work starting. Gas companies and contractors are proceeding with extreme caution.
Virtual Medical Visit option available May 1st PIBF will be launching the MDLIVE program on May 1, 2020. This is a virtual medical visit program offered by BlueCross BlueShield for active and COBRA participants and for participants where PIBF is the primary coverage.