I am writing my report at home while preparing for the last Nebraska Service Commission Hearing on the Keystone XL. Danny Hendrix, Wade Pilgreen, David Barnett, and Phillip Wallace have worked tirelessly on behalf of the membership to get this project approved. I am proud to be able to help them by commenting at the hearings. Some actions we take are visible, like with the Action Network where the click of a button gets quick results. Other actions, like public and town hall meetings, are part of a slow and tedious process to address concerns with environmentalists and landowners. Countless hours are spent working behind the scenes to ensure our livelihood remains strong.
The letters the membership have signed commenting on projects through action.local798.org is a tremendous help for advocating for jobs in the Pipeline Industry. If you have contributed, please continue. If you haven’t signed up yet, please do so. The environmentalists are attacking our industry, and we need all the help we can get to secure our jobs.
The work we are looking at in the West will be bid later this summer. Xcel has the Lancaster to Ft. Lupton, CO, Natural Gas Pipeline (4.1 Miles of 24 inch). They will also put the Tungsten to Bobtail Natural Gas Pipe to bid, which consists of 15 miles of pipe. The size is to be determined. Tallgrass has over 90 miles of 20 inch from Weld County to near Sterling, CO, that is up for bid in 2017 also.
We have been fortunate to retain some great helpers and welders from the West this year, and I welcome them to 798. We will be stronger with the new hands we have organized into the Local. I feel this could bring more job opportunities for the membership. The members who join will have to remain loyal to their oath of obligation which requires them not to work for unorganized contractors. And if they do, charges will be filed immediately. Members should relay to the new members the benefits of working Building Trades when Pipeline work is not available. Also, stress to new members the importance of contacting the Business Agents if offered work by non-signatory contractors.
I would like to close by asking everyone to keep Terry and Debbie Langley in your prayers for the challenge Terry has before him. Cancer, no matter what type, is the one disease that touches all of us. I urge you to find a charity of your choice that fights cancer and searches for the cure and contribute. Sometime in our lifetime maybe we will start to see a breakthrough and even a cure for this horrible disease.
Please call with questions or concerns and always remember; if we work together and strive for the same goals, we can achieve anything.
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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.
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.
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.
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.