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Blue Light Report - July / August 2019

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Like many of you, I am also disappointed in the many projects that have been stalled or delayed. All the more reason we must continue to be vigilant in our efforts to advocate. Sadly, only about 50% of our members are actively engaged on our Action Network.

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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 - July / August 2019
    Dear Brothers and Sisters, Like many of you, I am also disappointed in the many projects that have been stalled or delayed. All the more reason we must continue to be vigilant in our efforts to advocate. Sadly, only about 50% of our members are actively engaged on our Action Network.
  • Blue Light Report 2 - July / August 2019
    Brothers and Sisters, I hope this report finds each of you healthy and in good spirits. This year has obviously started out much slower than the last two. Through the month of May, we are well behind 2017 and 2018 man-hours, but we are still ahead of 2015 and 2016, which ended up being 6.8 million and 7.5 million man-hour years.
  • Blue Light Report Dispatch - July / August 2019
    The pipeline hours are slower than in 2017 and 2018, but we are still ahead of 2015 and 2016, so work is not quite as slow as it may seem. We are not having a record year as we have had previously (that goal is unreasonable), but work is picking up.  We have already needed to PPC-11 a nonbook to an Intermediate job in the Dakotas.
  • Blue Light Report Benefits Update - July / August 2019
    401(k) Distributions We are currently experiencing an unusually high volume of 401(k) calls and distribution applications. Please know that messages received by the Fund office will be returned and we are working to process the distribution applications in a timely manner.