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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 Texas - September / October

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.

Pre-Jobs:

Geeding Construction:

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.

US Pipeline:

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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  • 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.