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Blue Light Report - November / December 2018

Fall is in the air, and by the time this report reaches you, many of the places that we are working in will be downright frigid. 2018 has turned out to be another banner year. We have had some challenges with permits pulled on projects that had already begun construction.

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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.

MORE 798 STORIES

  • Blue Light Report - November / December 2018
    Fall is in the air, and by the time this report reaches you, many of the places that we are working in will be downright frigid. 2018 has turned out to be another banner year. We have had some challenges with permits pulled on projects that had already begun construction.
  • Blue Light Report 2 - November / December 2018
    We are about to wrap up another year of prosperity for Local 798 members.  I hope everyone has been able to take advantage of the amount of work we’ve been blessed with again this year.  We recently had our regular September membership meeting.  It is always good to see everyone that’s able to make it to Tulsa. 
  • Blue Light Report Dispatch - November / December
    I want to take this opportunity to welcome our new Welders, Journeymen, and Helpers to 798. I hope you are making yourself familiar with our website and taking the time to read the Dispatch Policies on the Dispatch page.
  • Blue Light Report Organizer Update - November / December
    I hope this report finds everyone doing well. It has been a fantastic year for Pipeliners with plenty of work and man-hours logged. The work outlook remains strong, and that’s very encouraging.