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.
-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.
- 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.
- 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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I struggle with my words today to communicate the value of your work and advocacy going forward. We have been blessed abundantly for the last ten years, and the work outlook remains robust, but there are demons at our door.
Work is in full swing, and it is an amazing time to be a Local 798 Pipeliner! Looking at man-hours, we are pretty much even with where we were by this time last year. If you are working on one of our larger projects, you’ve probably noticed a Local 798 Action Network banner hanging in your warehouse location.
If you have a job, hang onto it! It appears we have reached the point where most of our large projects are nearly fully manned. I believe we will have work through the fall of this year. However, it will not be at the rate we have experienced this summer.
We are well into the work season and as you are aware, it is great. We have jobs going in almost all parts of the country and still have jobs waiting to start. The work in KY is picking up as well.