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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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Bluelight Report Southwest - November / December

I am writing my report while attending the UA Officers Seminar in Denver, CO. The seminar has been a great learning experience on subjects that pertain to being a union representative.

The UA Officers did a great job teaching the classes, and they were very informative.

I have been fortunate enough to get to do some job visits, and it’s great to see all the hands working in my area. I have also received news some of the non-union jobs are starving for welders and this will help us obtain more work in the near future.

I would like to thank the small crew who went to work in Reno, NV, for our newest contractor, Q&D Construction.  Adam Stout turned down larger, more profitable jobs to steward the project and make sure we delivered on our promises to the newly signed contractor. I would like to publicly thank Adam for helping teach the contractor our working rules and contract. The crew did an outstanding job with a perfect repair rate and good production on the job. There is no doubt 798 is the best group of pipeliners in the world. I’m very proud we delivered on our promises to Q&D, and we will continue to build the partnership.

The contractors are still bidding projects, and I hope soon we will have more projects to report. The Montana and Northern Wyoming portion of the ONEOK Project should let around the first of November.

Hanging H, a newly signed contractor, received their first project in Utah, and it also has been a success. We are competing on quality in the West and winning.

I will spend October trying to police the non-union work in northern Colorado and all of Wyoming. If you are caught working non-union, you will be brought up on charges and most likely lose your membership in our Local. If we are to obtain work in the West, we must starve the non-union contractors of people. This makes our contractors more viable when we have the manpower, and the non-union does not. It’s not union for you to work non-union, and your Brothers and Sisters sit home unemployed waiting for a fair contractor to obtain work. Together, we need to try to limit the manpower on the non-union projects. If you have an idea about how you can contribute to this goal, please call me. In the meanwhile, Work Hard, Work Together, and Always Work Union.

Pre-Jobs:

- Hanging H:

- Mountain Green, UT.  2,800’ of 16” HDD. Welder Foreman: Zach Romer. Steward: Brian McElhaney.  Integrity Agreement.  Working 6-10’s.

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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.