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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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.