If the last half of 2017 ends like the first half started, Local 798 will flourish even more than we expected. Our pension will grow just like our Local’s membership and 401(k)s have done.
I would like to welcome all the new members including those who have never worked on a pipeline and those who have left the non-union pipeline contractors. I know this is a giant step for anyone, especially for those individuals who have been out there several years. It’s going to be like starting over. You will get the opportunity to better yourself, and hopefully, the biggest majority of you will be able to one day look back at your life and say joining Local 798 was the best thing that ever happened to you and your family.
I would also like to welcome the men and women who served our country. Whether you were in combat or never saw combat, you sacrificed for us and our country. Hopefully, we can pay you back for what you have done. Thank you.
No matter who you are or where you come from, you are now a part of a Brother and Sisterhood that is the Best of the Best, who stick together through thick and thin. Always remember our “Oath of Obligation.” Don’t ever forget that at 4823 South 83rd East Avenue in Tulsa, OK, the best welders in the entire world pass through those gates.
There are still several big projects waiting to start, and I have been talking to RMS and CRC. They say we will be running procedures for the Atlantic Sunrise, and possibly some more projects, before the end of the year.
If I can be of assistance to anyone please don’t hesitate to contact me.
Houston, TX. CRC. Run procedures for Enbridge project in WI. Superintendent: Buddy Kervin. Welder Foreman: Carl Overstreet. Started 5-15-17. Job is complete.
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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.