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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I struggle with my words today to communicate the value of your work and advocacy going forward. We have been blessed abundantly for the last ten years, and the work outlook remains robust, but there are demons at our door.
Work is in full swing, and it is an amazing time to be a Local 798 Pipeliner! Looking at man-hours, we are pretty much even with where we were by this time last year. If you are working on one of our larger projects, you’ve probably noticed a Local 798 Action Network banner hanging in your warehouse location.
If you have a job, hang onto it! It appears we have reached the point where most of our large projects are nearly fully manned. I believe we will have work through the fall of this year. However, it will not be at the rate we have experienced this summer.
We are well into the work season and as you are aware, it is great. We have jobs going in almost all parts of the country and still have jobs waiting to start. The work in KY is picking up as well.