Dear Brothers and Sisters,
It is a great time to be a pipeliner in Local 798. With over two million man hours worked this year, I would say that the work season is off to a fantastic start. The great news is that the work doesn’t appear to show signs of slowing down anytime soon. After seeing a record-breaking number of man hours worked in April, I predict that this will be a trend for the coming months as well. With that in mind, we must do our best to fulfill our obligation to our fair contractors. To fulfill our end of the bargain, we have nearly exhausted the Out-of-Work Lists and have heavily utilized the application list. In doing so, we have taken in many new members this year and will continue to do that to man the work. I ask that our long-time members welcome these new Brothers and Sisters to our membership and set the bar high for what it truly means to be a Local 798 member.
As you may already know, this year, Business Agent Rick Taylor and Organizer Jerry Ryan have officially retired. I am proud to not only have called these two men my colleagues, but also my friends. I wish them well in their future endeavors. I would like to officially welcome Justin Hornback to the Local 798 staff as our newest Organizer. Justin has been a Welder member of Local 798 for nearly ten years. His exemplary character and work ethic throughout his time in the Local lets me know that he will be an asset to our staff.
In an effort to keep the membership up-to-date on Union business and happenings in the pipeline industry, we will be hosting a regional meeting in Cleveland, OH, this September. If you are in the area, I encourage you to attend. More details to follow soon.
Finally, I want to thank my office staff. They have worked tirelessly to serve our membership to the best of their ability during this busy work season.
As always, I am proud to say, “I work for you, the greatest pipeliners in the world.”
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I am writing this report after returning from Florida. These past couple of months have been spent traveling around, meeting and greeting people, and exploring all the job opportunities that are coming up for bid in the South.
I am writing my report in route to the Colorado Water & Energy Conference. The conference will bring together U.S and Canadian senior leaders in Energy Development and Water Infrastructure planning. I am looking forward to sitting at the table with the men and women who plan infrastructure development in Colorado and throughout the West. I will do my best to relay that Local 798 is looking to be a partner in the construction of all pipelines planned for future development.
The 2018 work season has started already, and this year will be another busy one for everyone. The mainline work will again be in the Northeast to get the Marcellus and Utica Shale Natural Gas out of the gas fields to be distributed to American homes and businesses. Natural gas will be the product that keeps our members working for many years to come.
So far, 2018 is starting out like last year. Several projects have gone out for bid in Texas, but our fair contractors have had no success picking up any jobs. Everyone’s saying the same thing: the work is going cheap.