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Blue Light Report - January / February 2019

This year we will be celebrating our 70th Anniversary as a Local Union. We were chartered on November 21, 1949. I want to thank all our charter members and retired members that stuck together through good times and bad to ensure they achieved better working conditions, wages, healthcare, and a sustainable pension.

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Bluelight Report Southwest - January / February 2019

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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