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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