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Blue Light Report - November / December 2019

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!

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Blue Light Report Benefits Update - March / April 2019

PIBF at Steward School

PIBF’s presentation Thursday afternoon at Steward School will include guest speakers from the Trust Company of Oklahoma who will cover helpful information on our 401(k) plan, along with guidance on Medicare and Social Security.  A representative from Cooper Clinic will also discuss the special pricing available to the membership for their preventative medicine program.  As in the past, the PIBF staff will be available throughout the Steward School for member questions.

New Pension Tax Table Installed

Pension tax tables are updated in the first quarter each year.  The new table for 2019 is scheduled to be installed effective March 1, 2019.  Please review your deposit amount on or after that date and let us know if you need to make any changes. 

REMINDER - HRA filing Deadline Approaching

The HRA deadline is fast approaching for 2018 claims. Don’t leave money on the table!  Remember to file for reimbursement of your 2018 claims by April 15, 2019.

HRA - RX Receipts

Are you tired of keeping track of all the pharmacy receipts? Most pharmacies can print an itemized statement. Many of our Members find this more convenient and send in their HRA forms with a monthly or quarterly RX statement.

Featured Personnel

Jon Baltzell is the Strategic Operations Manager.  He manages the I.T. needs, streamlining automation, improving process efficiencies and attending to urgent issues in need of a resolution.  Jon has been at PIBF for 20 years.  He has been married to Ann for 43 years, and they have four children, 13 grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren!  His hobbies include Genetics (the study of genetic variation), traveling and bible study.  Jon says, “I love the sense of caring for the membership all of the PIBF has towards the members and their desire to bring the best service possible to those that have worked to earn the benefits afforded them by the benefit fund.  I believe in excellence of service for good people, and PIBF strives for that excellence.  Thank you, members, for your hard work and thank you PIBF for appreciating the membership with your caring efforts to support them.”

Amber Troyer started as Controller in September 2018 and has already proven herself to be a valuable part of the PIBF family!  Amber is married to Travis, and they will celebrate their first anniversary in May.  She has two bonus children – Nathan, 14 and Lily, 13.  Amber recently started hunting with her husband and even got a buck!  She enjoys building things out of wood for around the house and loves to travel when she gets the chance.  Amber says, “I am so thankful to have been given the opportunity to work at PIBF. It feels like being adopted into a large family. Everyone at PIBF and all the members I have had the pleasure to meet so far have been so great and welcoming. I recently joined the Ladies of 798 and looks forward to getting more involved and meeting more members in the future. “

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  • Blue Light Report - November / December 2019
    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! 
  • Blue Light Report 2 - November / December 2019
    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.
  • Blue Light Report Dispatch - November / December 2019
    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.
  • Blue Light Report Organizer Update - November / December 2019
    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.