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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Dear Brothers and Sisters, It is a great time to be a pipeliner in Local 798. With over two million man hours worked this year, I would say that the work season is off to a fantastic start. The great news is that the work doesn’t appear to show signs of slowing down anytime soon. After seeing a record-breaking number of man hours worked in April, I predict that this will be a trend for the coming months as well. With that in mind, we must do our best to fulfill our obligation to our fair contractors. To fulfill our end of the bargain, we have nearly exhausted the Out-of-Work Lists and have heavily utilized the application list. In doing so, we have taken in many new members this year and will continue to do that to man the work. I ask that our long-time members welcome these new Brothers and Sisters to our membership and set the bar high for what it truly means to be a Local 798 member.
Dear Brothers and Sisters, I would like to begin my remarks today by thanking everyone who has stepped up and helped man our work. These are indeed historical times for our Local due to the sheer volume of members we are sending out to these jobs. And I am also excited about the new members we are receiving during this time. It is our responsibility to welcome and educate these new members on the standards of becoming a UA member. Black Schroeder and Guy Williams gave excellent presentations at Steward School. These presentations can be viewed on our website, www.local798.org, under the media tab. I would like to highlight just a few key points. Pipeline etiquette is making others feel comfortable by the way you behave, and thinking of others before yourself, because people will remember how you made them feel, whether good or bad. We must practice this belief on and off the ROW. It must become ingrained in us to treat others with respect and to be kind in our dealings with others. The etiquette of business is a set of written and unwritten rules of conduct: show up on time; be drug and alcohol free; help fellow members in time of need; support unionism and the oath of obligation; protect UA work; and protect the UA constitution and abide by it. Remember there is a proper chain of command when dealing with issues on the ROW. Always start with the Welder Foreman, then proceed to the Job Steward, then to the Business Agent if needed. Any type of harassment on the job will not be tolerated, neither will any type of disrespect to the Welder Foreman, Job Steward, or any UA member. Many people become UA members because they expect to be treated fairly, and are willing to abide by our code of conduct.
The work exploded April 10, 2017. We had the largest order EVER for one day. During my two years as Dispatcher, we’ve had 65, 73 or 80 dispatches to perform in a day. On April 10, 2017, we had orders for 150 people, approximately 50 welders and 100 helpers. It stayed at that volume for over a week. During the surge in 2008, we only had one or two days of 100 dispatches.
I am writing this report from home. The work, as you know, is great. We are having a hard time filling some of these jobs, so I encourage you, if you aren’t already working, to apply for jobs on the Job Line. We need everyone’s help in manning these jobs because if we don’t man the work, the non-union will. Let’s not let the non-union get any stronger than they already are. The work in my area is manned up for now, but I am still sending in a few hands on the special agreement work.