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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I am writing this report after returning from Florida. These past couple of months have been spent traveling around, meeting and greeting people, and exploring all the job opportunities that are coming up for bid in the South.
I am writing my report in route to the Colorado Water & Energy Conference. The conference will bring together U.S and Canadian senior leaders in Energy Development and Water Infrastructure planning. I am looking forward to sitting at the table with the men and women who plan infrastructure development in Colorado and throughout the West. I will do my best to relay that Local 798 is looking to be a partner in the construction of all pipelines planned for future development.
The 2018 work season has started already, and this year will be another busy one for everyone. The mainline work will again be in the Northeast to get the Marcellus and Utica Shale Natural Gas out of the gas fields to be distributed to American homes and businesses. Natural gas will be the product that keeps our members working for many years to come.
So far, 2018 is starting out like last year. Several projects have gone out for bid in Texas, but our fair contractors have had no success picking up any jobs. Everyone’s saying the same thing: the work is going cheap.