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Blue Light Report - May / June 2020

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

I would first like to say, “Tough times never last. But tough people do.” Pipeliners are some of the toughest and most resilient folks, but we are definitely being tested. We already had many enemies to battle, such as cheap nonunion contractors, biased judges, and extreme environmental protesters.

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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 - May / June 2020
    Dear Brothers and Sisters, I would first like to say, “Tough times never last. But tough people do.” Pipeliners are some of the toughest and most resilient folks, but we are definitely being tested. We already had many enemies to battle, such as cheap nonunion contractors, biased judges, and extreme environmental protesters.
  • Blue Light Report 2 - May / June 2020
    Dear Brothers and Sisters, I hope this report finds our Local 798 family safe and healthy. By now, the COVID-19 pandemic has reached almost every county and parish in the United States. I don’t know that anyone could have forecasted that this virus would sweep through our country with such intensity.
  • Blue Light Report Dispatch - May / June 2020
    There is no way to describe the times in which we are living. We are walking through a situation that no one has dealt with before us. However, we do have work starting. Gas companies and contractors are proceeding with extreme caution.
  • Blue Light Report Benefits Update - May / June 2020
    Virtual Medical Visit option available May 1st   PIBF will be launching the MDLIVE program on May 1, 2020.  This is a virtual medical visit program offered by BlueCross BlueShield for active and COBRA participants and for participants where PIBF is the primary coverage.