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Blue Light Report - July / August 2019

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Like many of you, I am also disappointed in the many projects that have been stalled or delayed. All the more reason we must continue to be vigilant in our efforts to advocate. Sadly, only about 50% of our members are actively engaged on our Action Network.

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Blue Light Report Southwest - March / April 2019

I am writing this report while on an organizing trip to New Mexico. I would like to start this report by congratulating Brother Chad Gilbert on his recent appointment. He has been a great friend and mentor over the past 15 years.

I was very fortunate to be able to work with Chad during his tenure as Business Agent and learned a lot about how to approach this job. I would also like to thank Brother Danny Hendrix for the opportunity to work for the membership. He has instilled a great amount of trust in me, and I don’t intend to let him or the membership down.       

Organizing out west is a huge part of this Job.  With the work starting to come back out west, my primary focus has been obtaining new contractors.  I have been calling all the members who live out west and have gotten a few good leads on some contractors that may be willing to talk with me. If you recently joined and may have a contact or can assist me in setting up a meeting, please call me.  To obtain more of our market share, we must have some of these smaller contractors who are willing to bid the smaller jobs and maintenance work aggressively.                

On another note, the work outlook is good out west this year. I am proud to announce that our new contractor, Hanging H, was the successful bidder on the Cheyenne Connector Project for Tallgrass Energy. This project consists of 71 miles of 36-inch pipe in Colorado. Our contractors had to compete with ten different non-union contractors, most of whom turned in automatic and stick rod bids. And Hanging H was successful at the stick rod price. Tallgrass traditionally has not used fair contractors often. However, they do have several larger projects on the books. We need to show them what union labor is all about with our quality and production, which in turn will keep our contractors competitive. The non-union will never match our quality; however, they are getting faster which means we need to step up our game.

I also look for the maintenance and integrity work to be similar to last year with Michels having most of that work in Colorado. I have been told Michels is on the short list for 35 miles of 12-inch in Wyoming.  In addition to that, I have just pre-jobbed three digs in Wyoming with Charps for Enbridge, and I am being told Enbridge may have an additional 100+ digs. If you are not proficient in the uphill welding department, I suggest you utilize the Local 798 Training Center in Tulsa to update your skill sets.

If I can ever be of any assistance, please don’t hesitate to call me. My cell is 918-398-3380. I am still trying to get caught up on all the work going on out west, and I will need the membership’s help to be successful and to stay ahead of the work coming up.  Until next time, work safe and work Union.

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  • Blue Light Report - July / August 2019
    Dear Brothers and Sisters, Like many of you, I am also disappointed in the many projects that have been stalled or delayed. All the more reason we must continue to be vigilant in our efforts to advocate. Sadly, only about 50% of our members are actively engaged on our Action Network.
  • Blue Light Report 2 - July / August 2019
    Brothers and Sisters, I hope this report finds each of you healthy and in good spirits. This year has obviously started out much slower than the last two. Through the month of May, we are well behind 2017 and 2018 man-hours, but we are still ahead of 2015 and 2016, which ended up being 6.8 million and 7.5 million man-hour years.
  • Blue Light Report Dispatch - July / August 2019
    The pipeline hours are slower than in 2017 and 2018, but we are still ahead of 2015 and 2016, so work is not quite as slow as it may seem. We are not having a record year as we have had previously (that goal is unreasonable), but work is picking up.  We have already needed to PPC-11 a nonbook to an Intermediate job in the Dakotas.
  • Blue Light Report Benefits Update - July / August 2019
    401(k) Distributions We are currently experiencing an unusually high volume of 401(k) calls and distribution applications. Please know that messages received by the Fund office will be returned and we are working to process the distribution applications in a timely manner.