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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 Central - July / August 2018

With the work season in full swing, 798 definitely has boots on the ground.  From the Nexus project to the Saginaw Trail, members are putting in a full day’s work for a full day’s pay all the while maintaining safe working conditions and being productive. This is union labor.

I’d like to extend a special thanks to the Stewards.  Being a union Steward is a serious commitment and requires great devotion on behalf of 798.  If you have never worked as a Steward, it is hard to imagine the magnitude of responsibility.  Some days they really have their hands full.  It would be easier for these members to go out and just weld.  Instead, they have been entrusted with upholding our contract and representing the hands which are just a few of their daily duties.  Thank you to each and every Steward in Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio for your leadership, management skills, and work ethic.  I appreciate you.  Every member should always follow the chain of command should you need assistance on the job.  Approach the Welder Foreman first, then go to your Steward.  Give them an opportunity to handle the situation. 

Thank you also to those who have helped with our non-union efforts.  Because of your information and observations, we have made positive steps toward organizing:  locating yards, ROWs, and obtaining contact information.  I have had encouraging interactions with non-union personnel and have met with several non-union contractors.  This process takes time, but we are confident these contractors will see the value of skilled union craftsmen. 

Currently, I am on my way out for another round of job visits.  Lately, the popular topic during these visits has been getting people books.  Please remember, the people that you suggest for membership are our future.  When submitting names, consider whether they would make a reliable hand and be a positive addition to 798. 

Stay safe and always be aware of your surroundings while making those hours.  See you out there on the ROW.  If I can be of assistance, please don’t hesitate to call. 

Pre-Jobs:

Big Inch:

-Wauseon, OH.  26” anomaly digs in Henry and Fulton County, Ohio for Energy Transfer.  Superintendent: Jim Shepler.  Welder Foreman: Paul Hofreiter.  Working 6-10s.  Job complete.

Henkels & McCoy:

-Saginaw, MI.  12” valve change out and reinstall new 12” valve for Consumers Energy.  Superintendent: Dale Elliott.  Welder Foreman: Chris Mahaffey.  Working 6-10s.  Approx. completion 6-6-18. 

InfraSource:

-Evansville, IN.  Rebuild regulator station, Levee Station, for Vectren.  Superintendent: Tim Dunn.  Welder Foreman: Charlie Martin.  Working 6-10s.  Approx. completion 8-1-18.

InterCon:

-Bloomingdale, OH.  7,208’ of 12” new lay in Jefferson County, OH for Mark West.  Superintendent: Joey Wade.  Welder Foreman: J.C. Thornburg.  Working 6-10s.  Approx. completion 7-15-18.

Michels:

-Gibsonburg, OH.  Install piping, mechanical, and electrical scopes for meter station from Nexus to Columbia Gas in Sandusky County, OH for Nexus Gas.  Superintendent: Nick Margelofsky.  Welder Foreman: Richard Sowell.  Working 6-10s.  Approx. completion 9-15-18.

Minnesota Limited:

-Paulding, OH.  Installation of 20” launcher/receiver and replacement of mainline valves in Paulding, Putman, and Allen Counties, OH for TransCanada-CPG.  Superintendent: Fred Leasure.  Welder Foreman: Cody Dye.  Working 6-10s.  Approx. completion 8-1-18.

PJ Steel:

-Various counties in Michigan.  Blanket, integrity, and maintenance emergency call-out for DTE.  Superintendent: Jack Cooley.  Welder Foreman: Dan Pawloski.  Working 5-10s.  Approx. completion 12-31-18.

RL Coolsaet:

-Clio, MI.  Fabricate and install crossover facilities at existing valve sites for Consumers Energy.  Superintendent: Randy Recker.  Welder Foreman: Kory Zufelt.  Working 6-10s.  Approx. completion 9-1-18.

-Comstock, MI.  Install 1 mile of 12” pipeline, 1-12” launcher, 1-12” receiver for Consumers Energy.  Superintendent: Jack Hill.  Welder Foreman: Derreck Dove.  Working 6-10s.  Approx. completion 8-1-18.

-Muskegon, MI.  Fabricate and install 1-16” launcher and related piping for DTE Energy.  Superintendent: Kevin Scully.  Welder Foreman: Kevin Blaisdell.  Working 6-10s.  Approx. completion 7-20-18.

-Romelus, MI.  Hydro-testing 5 miles of 22” and 7 miles of 16” in Wayne County, MI for PanHandle Eastern.  Superintendent: Jack Hill.  Welder Foreman: Derreck Dove.  Working 6-10s.  Job complete.

Roberts:

-Niles, MI.  1,433’ HDD-22” directional drill, 1,451’ HDD-24” directional drill for TransCanada.  Superintendent: Mark Decker.  Welder Foreman: Jason Carlson.  Working 6-10s.  Approx. completion 7-24-18.

Union Pipeline:

-Cadiz, OH.  6,022.6’ of 20” new lay in Jefferson County, OH for Mark West.  Superintendent: Terry Rogers.  Welder Foreman: Eric Raymond.  Working 6-10s.  Approx. completion 7-1-18.

VEC:

-Hubbard, OH.  12” compressor station in Fairfield County, OH and 12” shop fabrication in Trumbull County, OH for TransCanada.  Superintendent: Robbie White.  Welder Foreman: Shane Loudan.  Working 6-10s.  Approx. completion 10-1-18.

Welded:

-Saginaw, MI.  Take-up and relay 1,981’ of 12” for Consumers Energy.  Superintendent: Jeff Sanderson.  Welder Foreman: William (Bo) Berry.  Working 6-10s.  Job complete.

-Mt. Morris, MI.  Install 18.8 miles of 24” in Saginaw County, OH for Consumers Energy.  Superintendent: Jeff Sanderson.  Welder Foreman:  William (Bo) Berry.  Working 6-10s.  Approx. completion 9-1-18.

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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.