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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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Blue Light Report Texas - January / February

I hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas and enjoyed your holiday seasons. I recently attended a Southwest Pipe Trades Association meeting at the UA headquarters in Annapolis, MD. The meeting participants were from the UA Local Unions in OK, TX, and NM. This was a very educational and productive meeting.

The speaker lineup started with Jim Moss who did a great job as always.  The rest of the UA speakers were outstanding also.  I thank General President McManus, his Officers, and Staff for allowing the SWPTA to meet at the UA headquarters and for the hospitality. Additional thanks to SWPTA President Craig Berendzen (Business Manager of Local 100), and our two International Representatives, Darren Jones, and Corby Shelton, for all their hard work to make this happen. The United Association is clearly headed in the right direction!

Since the last Blue Light Report, I have attended several meetings in Houston. David Barnett, Danny, and I attended the PLCA Safety & Quality Conference. This very informative meeting included our PLCA contractors, oil and gas company representatives, and labor unions. The main topics were safety and quality. We also attended the Pipeline Leadership Conference. There were numerous panel discussions on relevant topics including training, management, generation gaps, and future challenges the industry faces. UA Director of Pipeline and Gas Distribution David Barnett was part of a panel that consisted of the four union crafts and Tribal Nations. Justin Wallace and I, as well and all the attendees witnessed Danny and David signing the Memorandum of Understanding with the Sac and Fox Nation.

As for the work outlook here in Texas, we have had numerous discussions about the abundance of large diameter pipelines going out for bid in the next three years and what it will take to be competitive here.

I wish everyone a Happy New Year!  Please be safe and stay healthy. If I can be of assistance to anyone, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

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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.