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Danny Hendrix Business Manager

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Change to Constitution and By-Laws Approved


A vote to change the Local 798 Constitution and By-Laws Article XIX, Section 2 was held at the January 9, 2015 meeting. The petition was approved unanimously.  The new Article XIX, Section 2 will read as follows:


“A member assigned to a job by the Dispatcher who does not proceed to the job as required by the Dispatcher, or fails to notify the Dispatcher that he is unable to report to the job, shall be subject to internal union charges and, if convicted, shall be subject to discipline, which may include a fine in an amount to be determined by the Executive Board.”




The South Dakota Public Utility Commission will be holding a series of four meetings next week across the state of South Dakota concerning the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). Danny and I urge you to attend these meeting on behalf of Local 798 in support of this project. The DAPL pipeline is a 1100 miles of 30” from North Dakota to Illinois and it is scheduled to begin construction in 2016. Energy Transfer is the parent company that is planning to build this project, and they have committed to doing this with 100% with Union Labor, and in return we have made them a promise to them to help in the permitting phase by attending these meeting and sending in comments in support to these Public Utility Commission along the route.  Below is a list of meeting dates, time and locations (keep in mind you do not have to speak, just show up in support and if possible wear some 798 apparel). I will also provide some links to the South Dakota Public Utility Commissions web site that will provide updated information in case of any changes due to inclement  weather. Thanks in advance for the help and if you need any more information please contact me anytime.

• January 21 – South Dakota Public Utility Commission hearing – Bowdle

o Bowdle School Gymnasium 3083 S 2nd Ave, Bowdle, 12:00-3:00pm


• January 21 – South Dakota Public Utility Commission hearing – Redfield

o Redfield, School Auditorium, 502 E. 2 St., 6:00-9:00pm


• January 22 - South Dakota Public Utility Commission hearing – Iroquois

o Iroquois School Gymnasium, 111 E. Washita Ave., 10:30-1:30pm


• January 22 - South Dakota Public Utility Commission hearing – Sioux Falls

o Roosevelt Room; Ramkota Hotel & Conference Center, 3200 W. Maple St., 5:30-8:30pm


o South Dakota Public Utility Commission web site for updates on meetings: http://puc.sd.gov/Dockets/Hydrocarbonpipeline/2014/hp14-002.aspx

o Address to submit a comment to the South Dakota Public Utility Commission by mail. Be sure to put the Docket Number on the comment letter HP14-002 and your name.

PUC, 500 E. Capitol Ave.,

                               Pierre, SD 57501

o  Email Address to submit a comment:  puc@state.sd.us Be sure to include your name and Docket Number when submitting Docket number HP14-002

o Instructions on filing electronically on the South Dakota Public Utility Commission’s  web site:  http://puc.sd.gov/EFilingOptions.aspx

I have attached a sample letter to mail, email or submit electronically, please feel free to edit this letter before submitting to fit you personally. Also please forward this email to your family and friends across the state that will support this project.


SD DAPL Talking Points

Sample Letter To The SDPUC

Public Utility Commission



Sandpiper Pipeline Project


As part of the Certificate of Need Process, the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (MPUC) will open a public comment period for Sandpiper that will remain open through January 23, 2015 at 4:30 pm (comments must be received by 4:30 pm, comments received after that time will not be accepted).


When submitting a comment to the MPUC, it is important to share your personal story about how Sandpiper will benefit you, your business or community and/or the State of Minnesota.


Some topics to consider when addressing why Minnesota needs Sandpiper, include;


*Sandpiper will create 1,500 good-paying jobs and spur economic investment in Minnesota;

*Sandpiper will address rail and highway congestion by putting increased oil supplies in pipelines;

*Sandpiper will increase our nation's energy independence, and improve our nation’s energy security;

*Sandpiper will increase property tax revenue in every county it crosses, adding valuable tax revenue for rural counties looking to supplement their respective business tax base.


Comments will be made available to the public via the Public Utilities Commission’s website, except in limited circumstances consistent with the Minnesota Government Data Practices Act. The Commission does not edit or delete personal identifying information from submissions.


    1- Visit http://mn.gov/puc

    2 - Select Comment on an Issue

    3 - Find this docket (13-473)

    4 - Add your comments to the discussion.




UPDATED DISPATCH AND OUT OF WORK POLICY.  Please see the updated Dispatch and Out of Work Policy with changes made to the number of work  hours required to be moved to the bottom of the list.  The new policy will be effective October 20, 2014





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2014 NPLA changes



National Pipeline Agreement 2014



2015  Travel Pay Rates





Please call Michael E. Shelton, our attorney for these issues BEFORE giving any statements, signing any papers, or taking any other action that may affect your rights. The call and advice are free. Mike also carries a Journeyman's card with UA Local 100 and understands the issues you deal with when injured. His contact information is:


Mike Shelton

The Shelton Law Firm

2777 Allen Parkway, 14th Floor

Houston, TX 77019

Office phone: 713 807-0700

Office Fax: 713 400-4086

Email: mshelton@shelton.law.pro

Website: www.msheltonlaw.com






2015 Dues Scale Changes


2014 Rig Rental Rates


Voluntary Fund






Meeting Notice

April 10, 2015


The April Membership Meeting of Pipeliners Local Union798 will be held on Friday, April 10, 2015, beginning at 7:00 p.m. at the Renaissance Tulsa Hotel, 6808 S. 107th E. Ave.  Tulsa, OK  74133.


798 Ladies Hospitality


Motel Accommodations


The 798 Hospitality will be held at the Renaissance Tulsa Hotel – 6808 S. 107th E. Ave., Tulsa, OK 74133 – beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, April 10, 2015.  The Renaissance Tulsa Hotel has graciously offered a discounted room rate of $91.00.  To make reservations, call 918 307-2600.  Make sure you indicate you are with Pipeliners Local Union 798.









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