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Black Schroeder

Chad Gilbert

Chris Lancaster

Jerry Dale Crabtree Jr.

Phillip Wallace

Charles Yates Jr.

David Butterworth

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Black Schroeder is a Journeyman Welder who has been in good standing since his initiation in 1977. He has served as a Job Steward, Welder Foreman, and nearly every capacity on the pipeline. Before his appointment to Business Representative over the state of Texas, Black served as a Local 798 Organizer and worked with PUMP to organize the non-union crafts in the pipeline industry. Black and his wife Tuffy live in Beaumont, Texas.


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Chad Gilbert has been a member in good standing of Local 798 for thirty years. He has worked on many pipeline projects as a Laborer, Helper, Welder, Welder Foreman, and Union Steward. In 2005, he was elected to the Office of Recording Secretary for the Local and also attended the Winter Leadership Program for union officials at the University of Michigan. He was elected as a delegate to the Thirty‐seventh, Thirty‐eighth and Thirty-ninth UA Conventions in 2006, 2011 and 2016. His son Andrew and wife Crystal are also members of Local 798. He currently resides in Mancos, CO and serves as a Business Agent for Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming, Colorado and Nevada




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Chris Lancaster has been a member in good standing for 40 years. In 1975, Chris joined Local 798 and worked as a Welder Helper until changing his trade classification to a Welder in 1981. He has since worked as a Welder, Welder Foreman, a Union Steward, and served as an elected member of the Executive Board. Chris was elected as a Delegate to represent Local 798 at the 37th, 38th and 39th UA Convention. A resident of Tennessee, Chris and his wife, Rhonda, have three children and five grandchildren. Chris serves Local 798 as a Business Agent in Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.


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Jerry Dale Crabtree Jr. joined Local Union 798 in 1986.  He is very proud to be a third-generation union member following in the footsteps of his grandfather, the late A.D. “Buddy” Crabtree, and his father, Jerry Dale Crabtree Sr.


He has had the pleasure of serving this Local as a Helper, Welder, Welding Steward, Welding Foreman, and Mechanized Welding Technician.  Thanks to the generosity of his fellow members, he has been the elected Inside Guard since 2014, a UA Delegate in 2011, and a UA Sergeant of Arms in 2016.


Dale has been married to Shawna Crabtree since 1988, together they have three children, Autumn Brooke Crabtree, August DeLainey Crabtree (Huff), and Jerry Dale Crabtree III.  He is a resident of Fouke, Arkansas.  In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family, spoiling his grandkids, hunting, fishing, and restoring old vehicles.




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Phillip Wallace was initiated in 1975 as a Welder Helper on the Trans Alaska Pipeline. He took the weld test at the Training Center in 1989 to upgrade to Journeyman Welder and served Local 798 as Welder Foreman, Fabricator, Hydrostatic Testing Welder, and Job Steward. Phillip and his wife Janie have been married for 40 years and live in Bald Knob, Arkansas. They have 2 children and 4 grandchildren. Phillip has been a member in good standing for 40 years and was appointed Business Agent in 2006 serving the states of Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kansas Nebraska, Missouri, Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Montana..


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Charles Yates Jr is a second generation 798 member who has been in continuous good standing since his initiation May 20, 1981.  He joined Pipeliners Local Union 798 as a Helper and changed his classification to Welder in 1989.  In 2003, he began to represent the membership on the ROW as a Steward.  Charles was elected as a UA Delegate for the 38th General Convention and the 39th General Convention.  In 2013, he was also elected to serve as an officer on the Executive Board to uphold the constitution and by-laws, where he remained until his February 2016 appointment as Business Agent covering Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio.

Charles resides in Ohio with his wife Stephanie and would like to extend sincerest appreciation to the membership for all the support and encouragement over the years.  “I am humbled to be given such an opportunity and honored to be an advocate for both union labor and 798’s tradition of excellence.  I am proud to stand with my Brothers and Sisters UNION STRONG TOGETHER.”


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David Butterworth has been a Local 798 member in good standing for 20 years. He served in the U.S. Army from 1995 to 1997 and worked his first pipeline job as a Welder Helper in 1998. In 2002 David graduated from West Virginia University with a BS in Journalism. He changed his classification from Helper to Welder in 2005 and worked as a Welder Foreman, Steward, and Fabrication Foreman until 2015. David was elected as a delegate to the UA Convention in 2015 and was appointed Business Agent in January 2016. David and his wife of 12 years, Maria have two children, William age 10 and Bobby age 11. The family currently resides in Charleston, WV.



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