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Blue Light Report - May / June 2020

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

I would first like to say, “Tough times never last. But tough people do.” Pipeliners are some of the toughest and most resilient folks, but we are definitely being tested. We already had many enemies to battle, such as cheap nonunion contractors, biased judges, and extreme environmental protesters.

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Blue Light Report Southwest - March / April 2018

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.

I would like to thank Dennis Stiles, Mark Witt, and Justin Head for helping me police the work in my jurisdiction this month. We touched four states and over eight jobsites, talked with four non-union contractors and numerous non-union welders and helpers. We will continue to be on site at non-union projects trying to talk with contractors about the benefits of signing a Union Agreement. Please, if you are contacted to work non-union, call your Business Agent immediately.

With all the good Union work up East, most of the contractors have a full plate, but we do have fair contractors like Michels, Snelson and Hanging H that are bidding projects in the West. Most of the projects are smaller and integrity oriented. We are starting to see larger projects materialize for the West, including the Denbury Riley Ridge which is 240 miles of undetermined size. The project could be released for construction in 2019.

Some of the projects that could start ramping up in early 2019 in my area include: ONEOK Elk Creek Pipeline, 900 miles 20 inch from MT to KS; and Tallgrass Greeley Cheyenne Connector, 75 miles of 42 inch. Hopefully the West will start showing signs of more pipeline construction soon.

I would also like to congratulate Justin Wallace on becoming our Financial Secretary-Treasurer. Justin has been a great asset to the membership as Pension Manager and I look forward, as I am sure others do, to him serving the members in his new role. We all need to support and help Justin any way we can to assure our Local continues to flourish.

I will end my report by reminding everyone to be safe while traveling and work safely on the job. Be your Brother’s keeper. If I can be of any help or assistance, please call.

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  • Blue Light Report - May / June 2020
    Dear Brothers and Sisters, I would first like to say, “Tough times never last. But tough people do.” Pipeliners are some of the toughest and most resilient folks, but we are definitely being tested. We already had many enemies to battle, such as cheap nonunion contractors, biased judges, and extreme environmental protesters.
  • Blue Light Report 2 - May / June 2020
    Dear Brothers and Sisters, I hope this report finds our Local 798 family safe and healthy. By now, the COVID-19 pandemic has reached almost every county and parish in the United States. I don’t know that anyone could have forecasted that this virus would sweep through our country with such intensity.
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    There is no way to describe the times in which we are living. We are walking through a situation that no one has dealt with before us. However, we do have work starting. Gas companies and contractors are proceeding with extreme caution.
  • Blue Light Report Benefits Update - May / June 2020
    Virtual Medical Visit option available May 1st   PIBF will be launching the MDLIVE program on May 1, 2020.  This is a virtual medical visit program offered by BlueCross BlueShield for active and COBRA participants and for participants where PIBF is the primary coverage.