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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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.