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.
As we are going into a new year, I hope everyone has had a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year. 2018 has been a super work year for most everyone, and 2019 looks great as well.
There are still several spreads on the Atlantic Coast project that haven’t got started yet, as well as some smaller but good jobs to go in North Carolina, Kentucky, and Tennessee. I want to thank everyone for their hard work and dedication in 2018 and for manning and keeping the work going. I know a lot of these jobs were hard and in steep terrain but thanks to you and your efforts we are building the best pipelines in the country.
I want to thank and congratulate Chad Gilbert on his appointment as Special Representative to the UA Pipeline Department. I know this had to be a hard choice for him to make but I am proud he is taking this position. I know he will represent the UA in the very professional manner as he has as Business Agent for 798. He will be truly missed by us in 798, for he has done an outstanding job over the past several years as Business Agent. In many ways, he has helped advance our Local in a positive direction. My best wishes go out to him and his wife Crystal as he takes on this important task in his life as Special Representative.
The January Union meeting is just around the corner, I’m sure it will be a great one as always, I hope you will be able to attend. I’m looking forward to seeing everyone. If I can be of help, don’t hesitate to call.
- Erlanger, KY. 2-8” Meter runs. Welder Foreman: Carl Traweek. Superintendent: Darryl Ditterline. Working 6-10s. Approx. completion 11-22-18.
United Piping, Inc:
- Lafayette, TN. 100’ of 34” casing removal. Welder Foreman: Sam Chapman. Superintendent: Joel Bailer. Working 6-10s. Approx. completion 12-1-18.
- Enfield, NC. 62.5 miles of 36”. Welder Foreman: David Dickerson. Superintendent: Doug Gregory. Working 6-10s. Approx. Completion 2-15-19.
- Halifax, NC. 2-16” Decommission old line. Welder Foreman: James Griffith, Jr. Superintendent: Tim Himschoot. Working 6-10s. Approx. completion 11-20-18.
- Ellenboro, NC. 2-20” Fab. Welder Foreman: Naaman Warren. Superintendent: Thomas Born. Working 6-10s. Approx. completion 11-15-18.
- Conway, SC. 7.3 miles 12” Welder Foreman: Jeremiah Bennett Superintendent: Phillip Booth. Working 6-10s. Approx. completion 12-15-18.
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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.