I am writing my report from my office in Colorado where we have had a hard winter this year. Spring is starting to try to peak through, and we are all ready to get the year started off right by attending the Local Union 798 Steward School in Tulsa, OK.
I urge everyone who wants to Steward a project to attend. Classes will be available for learning computer skills to fill out reports. We will be going over the Contract and answering any questions that are brought forth. The Steward School is also a great time to socialize and network. The Ladies of 798 basket auction is always a highlight. Norma Kay and the ladies have done a great job each year supporting charities and helping to show that the members of 798 are caring and generous. We have a Slick Rig Contest, BBQ, crawfish boil and much more.
With the winter conditions, the contractors haven't mobilized on any work yet. We had contractors bidding 13 miles of 20-inch in Durango, CO, for BP. Rumor is that it went to an unfair contractor. We actually took this project under a concession to be bid low scale and still didn't get the project. It's amazing how cheap some of the non-union contractors are willing to work for. I will be giving this project a lot of attention in the coming months. I will be calling out the gas company and contractor if they choose to pay unfair wages and for the lack of safe working conditions due to bidding so cheap.
I hope everyone is getting ready for a great work season. And no matter your politics, it's a great thing that after the membership fought so hard, we are finally going to get the Keystone border crossing approved by President Trump.
God Bless and have a great and safe work year.
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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.