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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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.