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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As PIBF Co-Chairman, I am proud to announce an accrual increase for the Welders, Journeymen, and Helpers. The Journeymen rate increased from $205 to $220, and the Helpers increased from $136 to $146 per credit. Additionally, retired members will enjoy a five percent increase in their monthly amount. After the pension raises were calculated, the fund is still at 110.8 percent!
2019 is rapidly coming to a close. If this year has taught us anything, it’s that we must be prepared to fight for every mile of pipeline that we get to lay.
I have been looking back over past Blue Light reports from 1974 to 1976, and I have found some very interesting information. I could copy and paste some of the 1974 reports, and you would not be able to tell the difference. The irony is unbelievable.
I hope this report finds everyone doing well. It was nice visiting with members during the September meeting, where we had nominations for officers for the upcoming election. I would like to congratulate all the candidates and wish each of you good luck in your endeavors. There is no greater honor than serving the members of this great local union.