I hope everyone has prepared to attend this year’s Steward School. It will be a week packed with activities! We start with the Charity Golf Tournament and the Lincoln Electric BBQ. There will be lots of guest speakers in the main sessions, and we will be going over the contract to help our membership understand it. The Ladies of 798 annual basket auction and the Retirees Banquet are always special events to attend. Miller Electric will host a crawfish and shrimp boil at noon Friday, and then we will end with the April Regular Membership Meeting on Friday night. There will be lots of fun and fellowship, plus education and a perfect opportunity to catch up with old friends while making new ones.
At the time of this writing the 48-inch Associated job is just about in full force. So far, they have scanned well over 200 48-inch heavy-wall-welds with only one blemish. This shows how we are going to prevail, by showing up every day, and doing what we do best. Good job! Ya’ll are off to a great start!
Spectra Energy has awarded Strike 168 miles of 48-inch heavy-wall that goes from Corpus Christi to Brownsville. It blows my mind how a company like Spectra could even consider a company like Strike to build a pipeline of that magnitude. They are running procedures at CRC and have already had their share of problems. We did not have a single contractor on their bid list. If you get caught down there helping Strike on this project, it doesn’t matter whether you are UA, Operator, Laborer or Teamster, you might as well stay with them, because you will not work on any more Union projects. If you get hired out inspecting on this project, please contact me.
If you are not working right now and your skill sets are a little rusty, this is the perfect time for you to go to Tulsa and take advantage of your Training Center. You have the best instructors in the world. It looks like this is the calm before the storm so take advantage and upgrade your skills. If I can be of assistance to anyone, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
Sinton, TX. 21.6 miles of 48” and 2.7 miles of 36” Mainline for Cheniere Energy. Superintendent: Byron Johnson. Welder Foreman: Charles Beddingfield. Working 6-10s, Mainline rates. Completion 6-11-17.
Houston, TX. CRC. Finish 36” weld procedures for Nexus Project. Superintendent: Charles Kervin. Welder Foreman: Carl Overstreet. Working 6-10s, Ohio scale. Started 2-13-17. Completion 2-18-17.
Houston, TX. CRC. Run 42” & 36” weld procedures for ETC “Rover Project.” Superintendent: Guy Williams. Welder Foreman: Buster Chapman. Working 6-10s, Ohio scale. Started 1-4-17. Completion 2-18-17.
-Houston, TX. CRC. Run 42” & 36” weld procedures for ETC “Rover Project.” Superintendent: Wayne Fontenot. Welder Foreman: Heath Cowan. Working 6-10s, Ohio scale. Started 1-4-17. Job is complete.
-Houston, TX. CRC. Run 12” weld procedures for Southern Company, job is in AL. Superintendent: Dana Bratcher. Welder Foreman/Steward: Scotty Jackson. Working 6-10s. Started 1-9-17. Job is complete.
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I am writing this Blue Light report after returning from the 2017 Marcellus-Utica Conference. This year’s conference had a more positive atmosphere due to expected deregulation of the current permitting process. During the conference I listened to gas company CEOs speak about how great the demand is for Northeast Marcellus gas. When there is demand, you need supply, and that is where 798 steps in. The pipelines we build supply the gas needed as our country continues to grow and inevitably demands more energy. There are quite a few projects scheduled for this year, and in 2018 that will help with the supply vs. demand issue that we currently face.
I am writing my report from my office in Colorado where we have had a hard winter this year. Spring is starting to try to peak through, and we are all ready to get the year started off right by attending the Local Union 798 Steward School in Tulsa, OK.
Dear Brothers and Sisters, President Trump has been busy his first week on the job. Just as he promised on the campaign trail, he has pushed for the construction to finish on the Dakota Access and the Keystone XL. I’m not sure when we might see the KXL, but I feel fairly confident that the DAPL will be tied-in at the river before long. Many people, including myself, are wondering about the future pipeline permits now that FERC has only two commissioners. This board usually requires three members for a quorum to make decisions, so moving forward this board needs at least one appointment to fulfill its obligation. Even if an appointment is made, that person would have to be vetted through the Senate, which could take weeks or months. Who knows? At least six major projects totaling more than 10 billion dollars hang in the balance. This includes the Nexus, 250 miles of 36”/42”; PennEast,120 miles of 36”; and Northern Access Pipeline, 97 miles of 24”. Ten billion dollars worth of work is the exact reason we must continue to reach out through our Action Page to advocate for this infrastructure.
Brothers and Sisters, I am writing this report from West Texas while checking on non-union jobs. The work out here is still slow, but a few smaller jobs are going on. It seems the drilling is starting to pick up in this area so that’s always a good sign for us. As usual, when the work slows the non-union waste no time slashing wages and good conditions are nonexistent. Many are working for contract wages with no overtime, furnishing consumables or liability insurance.