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Blue Light Report - January / February 2020

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

I hope everyone had a great holiday season and a Merry Christmas. As seasons go, to me, winter is a time for reflection and a time to prepare for the upcoming spring and summer.

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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.