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Blue Light Report - March / April 2020

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

I have dedicated my report to only one subject because I, along with Justin and the rest of my staff, agree it is the most value we can provide the clients. And we need to continue to capitalize on it now while the opportunity is at hand.

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Blue Light Report Central - March / April 2020

Spring is just around the corner. With spring comes another work season and anticipation of plentiful job opportunities following a slow first quarter. At least two gas companies in my area have mainline projects on the books to complete this year.

In January, FERC approved TC Energy’s Buckeye Xpress expansion. Consequently, they have signed contracts with Associated Pipeline, Price Gregory, and US Pipeline to construct the four spreads in Ohio consisting of approximately 66 miles of 36”. My understanding is that they are looking at another union contractor to build at least a portion of the facilities (station work). Contractors are tentatively scheduling an April/May start for the welding department. According to the Bismarck Tribune and other western newspapers, TC Energy is also returning to the Keystone XL Pipeline thanks to approval at both the federal and state levels. Let’s stay optimistic about clearing this hurdle and continue to follow our Action Network. 

The groundwork is underway for Snelson Companies to replace 28.2 miles of 24” from Grand Blanc, Michigan, to Clawson Control for Consumers Energy. This will be the fourth and final phase of the Saginaw Trail. This project includes five HDDs, and Snelson is looking at the possibility of needing welders sometime in April. 

In the meantime, prepare for Steward School. It is the highlight of our year. Don’t let the name fool you. Steward School is absolutely for anyone interested in being a Job Steward, but the week-long event is professionally beneficial to ALL members. For us to be on the same page, we must literally be on the same page of our agreement. We cover the NPLA in its entirety as well as ROW etiquette, and PIBF benefits. We are all on the same team, and Steward School allows us to collaborate and learn together to ensure our success. Bring your families to enjoy BBQ, crawfish, crafts, a basket auction, and the retiree banquet. 

As always, if I can be of assistance don’t hesitate to call: 918-270-6746. Shop small, support union, and buy made in the USA. 

Pre-Jobs:

Contractor Rental Corp dba CJ Hughes:

- Johnstown, OH. 10” anomaly digs for Marathon Petroleum Company.  Superintendent: Christopher Randolph/Matt Hill.  Welder Foreman: William (Travis) Wells.  Working 5-10s.  Approx. completion 2-28-20.

Minnesota Limited, Inc.:

- Centerville, OH. 20” pup removals and replacements in Montgomery and Greene County, Ohio for Vectren. Superintendent: Mark Carpenter. Welder Foreman: Tim Schwendiman. Working 6-10s.  Approx. completion 3-6-20.

- Wellsville, OH.  3,900’ of 20” new-lay in Columbiana County, Ohio for Burns & McDonnell.  Superintendent: Aaron Shrontz. Welder Foreman: Matt Delik. Working 6-10s. Approx. completion 4-4-20.

- Crawfordsville, IN. Install temporary filter separator in Tippecanoe County for Vectren.  Superintendent: Tommy Alexander. Welder Foreman: Chad Springer. Working 6-10s. Approx. completion 2-22-20.

Schmid Pipeline Construction, Inc.:

- Mantua, OH. 12” integrity digs for Buckeye Partners. Superintendent: Lonnie Skadsem. Welder Foreman: Kirk King. Working 5-10s. Approx. completion 2-28-20.

VEC, Inc.:

- Mansfield, OH. Installation of four 1” TOLs for temperature transmitters in Richmond County for TransCanada. Superintendent: Sean Wilster. Welder Foreman: Ryan Brady. Working 5-10s.  Approx. completion 2-6-20.

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  • Blue Light Report - March / April 2020
    Dear Brothers and Sisters, I have dedicated my report to only one subject because I, along with Justin and the rest of my staff, agree it is the most value we can provide the clients. And we need to continue to capitalize on it now while the opportunity is at hand.
  • Blue Light Report 2 - March / April 2020
    Dear Brothers and Sisters, I hope everyone’s year has gotten off to a good start. At the time of this writing, union contractors have picked up three more jobs in Texas under the Market Recovery package. This is great news, and we anticipate more to come.
  • Blue Light Report Dispatch - March / April 2020
    At the moment, work is slow at every level. In dispatch, we are diligently looking for work with other local unions by making phone calls every day.
  • Blue Light Report Benefits Update - March / April 2020
    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.