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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 - 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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