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Blue Light Report - May / June 2020

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.

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Bluelight Report Northeast - September / October

2018 is shaping up to be a historic year. The MXP, MVP and ACP make up 21 large diameter spreads located throughout WV and VA. We currently have 3,592 UA members working in the Northeast jurisdiction. Times like these may never be seen again.

I hope everyone enjoys it and understands that it’s not always going to be like this. There are booms and busts in this industry, and I would urge everyone to be prepared for both.

I am still pre-jobbing a lot of small work that is tough to man. I am grateful to those of you who have helped me man this type of work. Some of these jobs are not full-scale because the contractors are going up against non-union bidders that don’t pay benefits. I commend those members for sticking it out on the less than full-scale jobs, so we can continue to compete in a challenging market. You folks are definitely not going unnoticed.

This business isn’t always just about the money. There’s a bigger picture out there that not all of us can see. There will come a day when we will say low-scale is better than no-scale. If you have never experienced those days and have only seen prosperity, then I know it’s tough for you understand. I remember working as a Helper for $13.00 an hour and no per diem. Older members can remember the scale being far less than that and were proud to have it because that’s the only UNION work that was available.

The abundance of work has spoiled us somewhat. I am seeing quite a few folks who seem to think they should get something for nothing. This Local was founded on the concept of production and the idea of a day’s work for a day’s pay. In this industry, the only commodity we have to sell is our labor. It’s easy to get away from this concept when times are like this, but it’s something that we should never forget. I hope everyone stays safe this year and respects the terrain where they are working.  Whenever the pre-jobbing slows down I will be making job visits, and I look forward to seeing many of you soon.

Pre-Jobs:

Price Gregory:

-Clarksburg, WV. 17.2 miles of 42” for ACP (Spread 1-1). Superintendent: Russell York. Welder Foreman: Jeff Doyle. Mainline rates. Working 6-10s.

- Moundsville, WV. 4.74 miles of dual 24”. Superintendent: Tommy Hardwick. Welder Foreman: Billy Clendening. Mainline rates. Working 6-10s.

Rockford:

- Huttonsville, WV. 10 miles of 42” for ACP Spread 2A. Superintendent: Cole Henson. Temporary Welder Foreman: Shelton Kelsey. Permanent Welder Foreman: Marty Elliot. Mainline rates. Working 6-10s.

U.S. Pipeline:

- Marlinton, WV. 17.8 miles of 42” for ACP Spread 3A. Superintendent: Jason West. Welder Foreman: Heath Cowan. Mainline rates. Working 6-10s.

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  • Blue Light Report - May / June 2020
    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.
  • Blue Light Report 2 - May / June 2020
    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.
  • Blue Light Report Dispatch - May / June 2020
    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.
  • Blue Light Report Benefits Update - May / June 2020
    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.