Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Like many of you, I am also disappointed in the many projects that have been stalled or delayed. All the more reason we must continue to be vigilant in our efforts to advocate. Sadly, only about 50% of our members are actively engaged on our Action Network.
Right now, it looks like the work is wide open, and I hope everyone is working as safely as possible. We are organizing a lot of new members. It is everyone’s responsibility and obligation as a union member to teach our new Brothers and Sisters how we work and act, on and off the ROW. Help them out if they are struggling and demonstrate to them our etiquette.
These men and women have made the choice to leave the non-union and become a union member in order to have a better life for themselves and their families. Our ways are different to them; for some it’s like starting all over again. Every one of us took the same oath when we joined. No one was born a union member. It is not mandatory that we organize, but it is a matter of existence. If you know of any good pipeline welders, please have them call a 798 Organizer or a 798 Business Agent. Let’s get them in Local 798 where they belong.
There are rumors floating around that we have work in Texas. So far, it is just rumors. I keep hearing we will pick up some work, but most likely it will be this winter. If the oil and gas companies keep looking at the bottom dollar, it is going to be tough to get work in this cheap environment.
I am looking forward to seeing everyone who can make it to Tulsa for the September meeting. If I can be of assistance to anyone, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
Sour Lake, TX. 12” fabrication for TransCanada. This job is complete.
Nederland, TX. 12” pipe supports & installation for Trans Canada. Job started 7-11-18. This job is complete.
CRC Houston, TX. Run 36” mechanized weld procedures for Enbridge (Line 3 replacement). Superintendent: Dana Bratcher. Welder Foreman: Scotty Jackson. Job Started 6-18-18. This job is complete.
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Dear Brothers and Sisters, Like many of you, I am also disappointed in the many projects that have been stalled or delayed. All the more reason we must continue to be vigilant in our efforts to advocate. Sadly, only about 50% of our members are actively engaged on our Action Network.
Brothers and Sisters, I hope this report finds each of you healthy and in good spirits. This year has obviously started out much slower than the last two. Through the month of May, we are well behind 2017 and 2018 man-hours, but we are still ahead of 2015 and 2016, which ended up being 6.8 million and 7.5 million man-hour years.
The pipeline hours are slower than in 2017 and 2018, but we are still ahead of 2015 and 2016, so work is not quite as slow as it may seem. We are not having a record year as we have had previously (that goal is unreasonable), but work is picking up. We have already needed to PPC-11 a nonbook to an Intermediate job in the Dakotas.
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