I have just returned home after attending the December membership and staff meetings. Congratulations to all the officers that were reelected and the newly elected ones. If you ran and did not get elected, hold your head up high. Members like you are the reason we have a great local union. You show up, participate, attend the meetings, and are the back bone of this organization. For unions to survive, there must be participation in union elections, activities and meetings.
Danny and Wade have done a great job putting together a program that entails turning all 798 members and their families into advocates for our pipeline work in the future. It will be called “PIPELINERS ACTION PAGE.” This should be completed in January. It is very important that every member, your families and friends participate. Our leadership has gone to great extremes to try to ensure we all have a bright future, so we too can live the American Dream and be able to retire and keep drawing our pension for decades to come. “IT IS UP TO EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU TO STEP UP AND DO YOUR PART” just as we all did on the welding rigs.
Danny reported on the work outlook at the December meeting, and it looks very bright for the next few years. We just completed procedures for several large proj- ects in Charlie, Rick and David’s areas. Associated Pipeline picked up 24 miles of 48-inch heavy wall near Corpus Christi, TX. The procedures have been completed, and the start date will be approximately mid-January.
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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.