Dear Brothers and Sisters,
The National Pipeline Agreement has finally been signed and finalized for June 1, 2020, through June 4, 2023. Our contract will immediately go to print, and by the time the Blue Light reaches you, we will be sending out a printed copy to all members. For the time being, you can go to the 798 website for viewing and print a copy now if you like.
New Pension Tax Table Installed
Pension tax tables are updated in the first quarter each year. The new table for 2020 will be installed effective March 1, 2020. Please review your deposit amount as of that date and after and let us know if you need to make any changes.
Annual Pension Statements
Annual Pension statements will be mailed to the membership in March. Please verify pension hours worked for the current year and check the beginning year showing on your statement. This is especially important for older years to make sure your pension statement is complete.
Quarterly 401(k) Statements
Statements from the Trust Company of Oklahoma are mailed quarterly. When you receive your statement, it is important to verify that your 401(k) contributions, including Employee and Employer contributions (QNEC), are properly included.
REMINDER - HRA Filing Deadline Approaching
The HRA deadline is fast approaching for 2019 claims. Don’t leave money on the table! Remember to file for reimbursement of your 2019 claims by April 15, 2020.
PIBF at Steward School
PIBF’s presentation Thursday afternoon at Steward School will include the PIBF and PIPF plan year in review and guest speakers from the Trust Company of Oklahoma, who will cover helpful information on our 401(k) plan. As in the past, the PIBF staff will be available throughout the Steward School for member questions. Please stop by if we can help you with anything or just to say hello!
Life Line Screening at Steward School
Life Line Screening will be at Steward School again this year. PIBF continues to offer this screening because the tests offered by Life Line Screening are detecting medical problems, which left unattended, could lead to more serious health issues. A form to sign up for an appointment is in the Steward School packet.
Brandi Snyder joined the accounting department as the Assistant to the Controller/Cash – AP in April of 2015. Brandi loves music and attending concerts. In her free time, she enjoys traveling and going on cruises. She also loves spending time with her nieces and nephew and taking them on adventures. Brandi says, “I would like to thank the membership for their hard work and for the sacrifices they make each day. It is an honor to be able to serve the members, and I am forever grateful for the opportunity to do so. Working at PIBF the past four years has been such a blessing, and I am looking forward to many more. Thank you Local 798 and PIBF!”
Jeff Parks has been with PIBF as the IT Manager for 12 years. Jeff evaluates the computer and technological needs of the organization and recommends the acquisition of computers, other information systems, information security measures and applications. Jeff also enforces and monitors compliance with internal policies on the use of computers, internet, and data. Jeff and Kelli have been married 23 years. Jeff has five children: Gabe, 23, Sidney, 22, Elijah, 19, Jett, 7 and Tripp, 5. He also has one grandchild, Easton, 3. Jeff enjoys heavy metal music, guitars, photography, videography, and video gaming. Jeff believes it is an absolute honor to be a part of the PIBF and 798 family. “I simply enjoy helping others. As IT Manager, my job allows me to take on many technical challenges while assisting members and staff in completing their tasks. I am the guy who just wants to fix everything. Whether I am teaching my children how to play the guitar or keeping a server up and running, I am always up for the challenge.”
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Dear Brothers and Sisters, The National Pipeline Agreement has finally been signed and finalized for June 1, 2020, through June 4, 2023. Our contract will immediately go to print, and by the time the Blue Light reaches you, we will be sending out a printed copy to all members. For the time being, you can go to the 798 website for viewing and print a copy now if you like.
Brothers and Sisters, I hope this report finds you well. At the time of this writing, the National Pipeline Agreement is finalized. I won’t go into great detail here, but by the time this report reaches you, the contract will be posted on our website and mailed to every member.
First, I would like to mention how the new NPLA will affect calculating hours in regard to waiting time. If benefits are not paid on those hours, they will not be counted toward your 300 hours. Please be aware, you could arrive at 299.5 hours and retain your spot on the Out-of-Work List. Remember, you are guaranteed 300 hours of National Agreement work per Out-of-Work Date.
MDLIVE - Virtual Medical Visit Option The MDLIVE program launched May 1, 2020. Hopefully, you have all registered and set up a profile for you and your dependents to use should you need the service. It is a great idea to do this in advance of your first virtual visit.