Bluelight Southwest - Jan / Feb 2017

I am writing my report after attending the December meeting. I would like to start by congratulating all newly elected officers. It is an awesome responsibility to work for the membership, and I am sure those elected will do a great job. For those who ran and did not get elected, do not give up. Just because you did not win this election cycle does not mean that you are not a vital voice for our membership. We all share the load. Just as winning brings responsibilities, so does loss. Responsibilities include sharing your knowledge with your Brothers and Sisters in areas where you can assist, working together, and supporting the elected leaders. These things are required if we want to keep our Union strong.

The jobs in my area are winding down for the winter. Snelson has laid off all but a small crew in Henderson, CO, doing maintenance for Xcel Energy. Snelson plans on returning in the spring for what should be another season of work in the Denver area. Michels has reduced to one crew in Colorado Springs. Work for Magellan should be finishing shortly. The Phillips 66 work has been completed, and the Ameresco work in Phoenix will start back up in March 2017. We have started back on the Water Drains in Tucson for ARB and that should be completed by the time you receive this report. Q3 is finishing a Reg. Station for Xcel on its Blanket, and we also have welders working for UA Local 208 in Denver on distribution for Q3. Hopefully, all will start back up in Spring 2017 using even more manpower.

I would like to thank Danny and Wade for putting me on the Board of Directors for the Flaming Gorge Water Pipeline, a Wyco project. Although this job is at least three years away, I will be asking our members to help support this project. It will use union labor and we will help support the project on permit issues. The project consists of over 1,000 miles of water pipeline and will bring much needed water reserves to the Colorado region. These types of projects are hard to get permits for in the West, but if it can be done Local 798 can do it.

In closing, I hope all members and their families had a great 2016 and that 2017 will be even better. Don’t forget those members who had hardship last year. It’s our job to help lift them up and be there for them if we can. If I can be of any assistance, please call anytime.

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    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.
  • Bluelight Report - July 2017
    Dear Brothers and Sisters, I would like to begin my remarks today by thanking everyone who has stepped up and helped man our work. These are indeed historical times for our Local due to the sheer volume of members we are sending out to these jobs. And I am also excited about the new members we are receiving during this time. It is our responsibility to welcome and educate these new members on the standards of becoming a UA member. Black Schroeder and Guy Williams gave excellent presentations at Steward School. These presentations can be viewed on our website, www.local798.org, under the media tab. I would like to highlight just a few key points. Pipeline etiquette is making others feel comfortable by the way you behave, and thinking of others before yourself, because people will remember how you made them feel, whether good or bad. We must practice this belief on and off the ROW. It must become ingrained in us to treat others with respect and to be kind in our dealings with others. The etiquette of business is a set of written and unwritten rules of conduct: show up on time; be drug and alcohol free; help fellow members in time of need; support unionism and the oath of obligation; protect UA work; and protect the UA constitution and abide by it. Remember there is a proper chain of command when dealing with issues on the ROW. Always start with the Welder Foreman, then proceed to the Job Steward, then to the Business Agent if needed. Any type of harassment on the job will not be tolerated, neither will any type of disrespect to the Welder Foreman, Job Steward, or any UA member. Many people become UA members because they expect to be treated fairly, and are willing to abide by our code of conduct.
  • Bluelight Dispatch - July 2017
    The work exploded April 10, 2017. We had the largest order EVER for one day. During my two years as Dispatcher, we’ve had 65, 73 or 80 dispatches to perform in a day. On April 10, 2017, we had orders for 150 people, approximately 50 welders and 100 helpers. It stayed at that volume for over a week. During the surge in 2008, we only had one or two days of 100 dispatches.
  • Bluelight Mid Atlantic - July 2017
    I am writing this report from home. The work, as you know, is great. We are having a hard time filling some of these jobs, so I encourage you, if you aren’t already working, to apply for jobs on the Job Line. We need everyone’s help in manning these jobs because if we don’t man the work, the non-union will. Let’s not let the non-union get any stronger than they already are. The work in my area is manned up for now, but I am still sending in a few hands on the special agreement work.