Since Local 798’s founding in 1948, we have worked tirelessly to ensure that pipelines across the country are constructed and maintained safely and efficiently so that Americans can continue living productive lives fueled by domestically sourced energy. A small, yet loud, fraction of the population seems determined to stop our progress by protesting the production of abundant energy, whether it is oil or natural gas. We will not sit quietly as they attempt to halt progress.
We launched the Local 798 American Action Network to provide a platform for our members and supporters to learn about critical projects, mobilize and take supportive action. I am happy to report nearly 1,000 members have joined the Action Network and are advocating for pipeline projects. One of the most exciting aspects of the Action Network is that it integrates all forms of contact, online and off, in one place. For example, most projects featured on the website have a petition that users can easily sign. Using this tool, we recently collected over 400 petitions to send to Governor Wolf of Pennsylvania urging him to support the Atlantic Sunrise Expansion Project. We have also tallied approximately 760 petitions in support of Rover Pipeline and 445 for Nexus Pipeline, among others. This is exactly the kind of advocacy we need to promote these critical projects. Great job, everyone.
Whether we like it or not, social media is the central platform for many opposition groups. It is critical that we embrace these outlets, as well. The Local 798 Action Network makes this simple. By utilizing the Action Network, the Local 798 social media presence is the strongest it has ever been – and it’s getting stronger every day. Over 15,000 people like the Local 798 Facebook page, and nearly 11,000 have liked Facebook posts we have shared. This is very important to how we get the job done on the ground, as your social activity has a great influence over friends or family who may be ignorant about our projects and the benefits of pipelines.
I see tremendous potential in our Twitter presence, as well. If you have a Twitter account, follow us! Twitter is an effective tool for sharing short messages, project updates and petitions. We post project updates, industry news or action opportunities every day.
If you haven’t already, take a moment to join the Action Network. Explore the opportunities to stand with Local 798 and make your voice heard.
Together, we will continue to be the most effective stewards for advancing pipeline construction and sharing the tremendous benefits that result – millions of Union jobs, billions of dollars in revenue for the regions these facilities intersect and further steps towards American energy independence.
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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.