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Blue Light Report - May / June 2020

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

I would first like to say, “Tough times never last. But tough people do.” Pipeliners are some of the toughest and most resilient folks, but we are definitely being tested. We already had many enemies to battle, such as cheap nonunion contractors, biased judges, and extreme environmental protesters.

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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 - May / June 2020
    Dear Brothers and Sisters, I would first like to say, “Tough times never last. But tough people do.” Pipeliners are some of the toughest and most resilient folks, but we are definitely being tested. We already had many enemies to battle, such as cheap nonunion contractors, biased judges, and extreme environmental protesters.
  • Blue Light Report 2 - May / June 2020
    Dear Brothers and Sisters, I hope this report finds our Local 798 family safe and healthy. By now, the COVID-19 pandemic has reached almost every county and parish in the United States. I don’t know that anyone could have forecasted that this virus would sweep through our country with such intensity.
  • Blue Light Report Dispatch - May / June 2020
    There is no way to describe the times in which we are living. We are walking through a situation that no one has dealt with before us. However, we do have work starting. Gas companies and contractors are proceeding with extreme caution.
  • Blue Light Report Benefits Update - May / June 2020
    Virtual Medical Visit option available May 1st   PIBF will be launching the MDLIVE program on May 1, 2020.  This is a virtual medical visit program offered by BlueCross BlueShield for active and COBRA participants and for participants where PIBF is the primary coverage.