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Blue Light Report - March / April 2019

We recently finished the 3% allocation that you will receive on June 3, 2019, under the National Pipeline Agreement. All classifications have allocated 30 cents towards healthcare and the remainder of the raise will be put on your 401(k) benefit contribution. Currently, welders and journeymen on high scale work receive $6.89 per hour and helpers receive $3.48 per hour. With the additional monies, welders and journeymen will receive $9.30 per hour on 401(k) and helpers will receive $4.68 per hour on 401(k).

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Bluelight Report Southwest - September / October

I would like to start my report by thanking Q & D Construction for signing the National Pipeline Agreement. Q & D is a great company and already leads the road construction industry in quality construction for heavy highway and civil work in Nevada.

 I have no doubts Q & D will be a great pipeline company. They have been awarded four miles of 20 inch in Fernley, NV, for Southwest Gas. I am very excited for our members to get to showcase their skills for the company and client. Welcome to our family, Q & D. We will work hard to live up to our end of the partnership.

Michels continues to work on our maintenance contract for Excel in Colorado, and our market with them continues to grow. Xcel is very satisfied with the experience and craftsmanship they are seeing from Local 798 members.  The guys with the Snelson maintenance crew are also working hard and are acquiring more and more work for Xcel.

I have been told Hanging H will be doing a HDD in Utah soon. Hanging H has been aggressively bidding, and I’m sure they will soon be picking up major projects in the area.  Michels was the successful bidder for Suncor, and they are taking on a huge challenge with the strict B31-3 extreme welding code they are following. The welders on the job are working extremely hard and welding to a very high skill level. I’m very proud of our welders and the experience and professionalism they bring to the projects.

Charps, LLC, is working in Douglas, WY, which we hope will lead to more digs and sleeving work in the area. We’re thankful Charps is working in the West and hope they will be bidding and acquiring more work soon. I did reach out again to Arizona Pipeline and had a good conversation with their supervisors in the Pipeline Department. This is a good start toward working on common goals and hopefully to APL signing the NPLA. 

I was always told when I was young that we do not lose our work when it’s slow; we lose work and market share when we have lots of work. I believe this and as a group we must keep our standards high, organize new welders, and keep trying to sign new contractors. If you are a new member and have contacts with a non-union contractor, relay the message that 798 is the way to go. If we all work together, stay positive and communicate, we will have more and more great years like 2018. 

Please work safe and work Union. United We Stand, Divided we Fall.

Pre-Jobs:

Charps, LLC.:

Douglas, WY. 22 Anomaly Digs 22”.  Gas Company: Enbridge.  Welder Foreman: Brian McElhaney.  Steward: Mike Runion.  Working 6-10s. Integrity & Maintenance.

Michels:

Lupton, CO. 7.6 miles of 16”.  Gas Company: Suncor Energy.  Welder Foreman: Shane Bowen. Steward: Jim Slavens. Working 6-10s. High Scale.

Q & D Construction:

Reno, NV. 5 Miles of 20”, 4.2 miles Demo and Relay and .42 miles of 12”.  Welder Foreman: Tom Weddell. Steward: Adam Stout. Working 6-10s. Integrity & Maintenance.

MORE 798 STORIES

  • Blue Light Report - March / April 2019
    We recently finished the 3% allocation that you will receive on June 3, 2019, under the National Pipeline Agreement. All classifications have allocated 30 cents towards healthcare and the remainder of the raise will be put on your 401(k) benefit contribution. Currently, welders and journeymen on high scale work receive $6.89 per hour and helpers receive $3.48 per hour. With the additional monies, welders and journeymen will receive $9.30 per hour on 401(k) and helpers will receive $4.68 per hour on 401(k).
  • Blue Light Report 2 - March / April 2019
    We recently held our regular January Membership Meeting here in Tulsa, and I am proud to say that we had well over 300 members in attendance.  This was a great turnout for January, with many entering their Union Hall in Tulsa for the very first time. It’s always good to see so many members come to take part in the direction of this Local Union.
  • Blue Light Report Dispatch - March / April 2019
    “The unsuccessful person is burdened by learning and prefers to walk down familiar paths. Their distaste for learning stunts their growth and limits their influence.” - John C. Maxwell
  • Blue Light Report Benefits Update - March / April 2019
    PIBF at Steward School PIBF’s presentation Thursday afternoon at Steward School will include guest speakers from the Trust Company of Oklahoma who will cover helpful information on our 401(k) plan, along with guidance on Medicare and Social Security.  A representative from Cooper Clinic will also discuss the special pricing available to the membership for their preventative medicine program.  As in the past, the PIBF staff will be available throughout the Steward School for member questions.