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.
This will be my last report to you, Brothers and Sisters. I have been appointed as a Special Representative to the United Association Pipeline Department by UA General President Mark McManus.
I cannot express what an honor it is to be asked to be a part of such a great and successful team.
I look forward to working with David Barnett, the Director of Pipeline and Gas Distribution, and Special Representative Mike Mikich, daily in the Pipeline Department. My last 12 years as a Business Agent for Pipeliners Local 798 have been the most rewarding time in my career. The membership has always been there to help me, and I ask for your continued support at my new position.
I have been very fortunate to work under the great leadership of Danny Hendrix. He has been a great mentor for me, and I cannot express how thankful I am for his direction as an employee and a Brother member. We all owe Danny a lot for his dedication to the members and Local 798 as our Business Manager. I would also like to thank James Moss, David Barnett, and Wade Pilgreen for their mentorship throughout my term as Business Agent. Last, but not least, I thank the Brothers I worked with daily, the Business Agents and Organizers who work so hard for the membership. I will never forget the bond we all have, and I will continue to work together to unite and uphold the rights of union workers.
In closing, I ask everyone to encourage and support Brother Justin Head, the new Business Agent for the West. Justin has shown true craftsmanship in the field and has the character to become a great Business Agent, but he will need you, Brothers and Sisters, just as I did. Justin has earned the respect of those out West by always supporting his Union. He has helped walk every picket and advocated for every job in our area.
Thank you all supporting me, both professionally and personally. Always, “Work Safe and Work Union.” See you down the road.
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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.