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Blue Light Report - July / August 2019

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Like many of you, I am also disappointed in the many projects that have been stalled or delayed. All the more reason we must continue to be vigilant in our efforts to advocate. Sadly, only about 50% of our members are actively engaged on our Action Network.

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Blue Light Report Central - November / December

This report is about a week too early as I am waiting to schedule a second meeting with Evans Construction.  Evans Construction is a family-owned company based in Canton, OH.  I hope that they will join the ranks of fair union contractors and sign the NPLA.  I remain optimistic that in my next report, I can favorably announce a new partnership.

Unfortunately, Integrity Kokosing has yet to sign despite our picketing efforts in August and September.   We extended our hand multiple times to help this company grow, and their response was a questionable and unheard-of agreement with Operating Engineers Local 18.  Local 798 and the UA at the international level are working to see that this agreement is rescinded.  I believe that we did everything right.  With the help of our loyal and dedicated members, we managed to shut down the contractor for a full week.  We had a variety of hands that included retirees, members who were laid off, and new books focused on the importance of our assembly.  We also had cooperation from community law enforcement, neighborhood restaurants, and especially the union landowner from Cambridge Local 495.  At the least, our demonstration motivated a dialogue between 798 and TransCanada.  Maybe the gas company will pause before using any contractor on future projects that are not 100% signatory, with all four crafts recognized in the National Pipeline Agreement.  Utilizing union labor on a project makes for a more efficient, productive, and professional pipeline.  Thanks to all who helped declare our union message in Adamsville, OH. 

My area now is primarily station and maintenance work.   There are a few lingering mainline jobs still wrapping up tie-ins and testing since Mother Nature has made it tough on pipeliners with all this wet weather.  The anticipated 90-mile 12” Falcon line still has yet to be awarded.  I have no additional details at this time.  Until then, plan to attend our year-end December meeting.  Unions require participation, which includes regular attendance in Tulsa.  It also includes continuing to use our Action Network.  Participation even means being registered to vote to speak out against Right to Work.  There will always be issues like non-union, extremists, and Right to Work laws attempting to weaken organized labor.  We can help win the battle by doing our part at home, on the job, and at the hall.

If I can be of assistance, don’t hesitate to call. 

Pre-Jobs:

Big Inch:

- Kalamazoo, MI.  12” meter, install 26” valve and interconnect for Panhandle Eastern.  Superintendent: Jim Shepler.  Welder Foreman: Derreck Dove.  Working 6-10’s.  Approx. completion 10-26-18.

Contractor Rentals:

- Ashland, OH.  Three sites storage well pipeline (20”, 10”, 6”) for Columbia Pipeline Group TransCanada.  Superintendent: Jeff Lykes.  Welder Foreman: John Fowler.  Working 5-10’s.  Approx. completion 10-19-18.

Foltz Welding:

- Various counties in Michigan.  10” anomaly digs for Marathon Pipeline.  Superintendent: Hank Hull.  Welder Foreman: Heath Hastings.  Working 5-10’s.  Approx. completion 10-26-18.

- Speedway, IN.  1,500’ 10” bore in Marion County, IN for Marathon Pipeline.  Superintendent: Jeff Huffman.  Welder Foreman: Tim Skidmore.  Working 6-10’s.  Approx. completion 11-15-18.

Geeding:

- Troy, MO.  22” fab in Missouri and install in Indiana for Marathon.  Superintendent: Greg Geeding.  Welder Foreman: Daniel Jones.  Working 5-10’s.  Job complete.

Henkels & McCoy:

- Mt. Pleasant, MI.  Install 8” relief valves for UTI.  Superintendent: Ty Turnbull.  Welder Foreman: Gary Mullin.  Working 6-10’s.  Job complete.

Meade:

- Wilder, KY.  2”-24” station work at various sites in KY and OH for Duke Energy.  Superintendent: Jesse Boyd.  Welder Foreman: Dave Pierce.  Working 6-10’s.  Approx. completion 10-15-18.

Michels:

- Ishpeming, MI.  Installation of high-pressure mainline taps for Northern Natural Gas.  Superintendent: Trevor Norelius.  Welder Foreman: Ben Weinke. Working 6-10’s.  Approx. completion 10-19-18.

- Wakefield, MI.  Stopple and valve installation for Northern Natural Gas.  Superintendent: Colby Hutson.  Welder Foreman: Jake Linney.  Working 6-10’s.  Approx. completion 10-2-18.

- Northville, MI.  5.9 miles of 16” hydrostatic test, fabrication of test headers and valve assembly for Consumers Energy.  Superintendent: Dan Costion.  Welder Foreman: Travis Alt.  Working 6-10’s.  Approx. completion 10-27-18.

- Fenton, MI.  Replace and modify existing 20” and 24” interconnect piping for Consumers Energy.  Superintendent: Joe Stone.  Welder Foreman: Jerome Bruns.  Working 6-10’s.  Approx. completion 10-27-18.

Minnesota Limited:

- Pendleton, IN.  2”-6” station modification and 2”-20” station installation in Madison County, IN for Vectren.  Superintendent: Preston Steenbergen.  Welder Foreman: Dustin Caskey.  Working 6-10’s.  Approx. completion 10-1-18.

- Clarksville, IN.  1.5”-12” integrity and maintenance work, retire and install new pipe in station for Vectren.  Superintendent: Greg Frazier.  Welder Foreman: Robert Turner.  Working 6-10’s.  Approx. completion 12-15-18.

  1. L. Coolsaet:

- Romelus, MI.  Hydro testing 7 miles of 16” for Panhandle Eastern.  Superintendent: Joe Elliott.  Welder Foreman: Kevin Blasdell.  Working 6-10’s.  Job complete.

- Howell, MI.  Storage field modifications, install 1-8” receiver and 1-6” launcher for Panhandle Eastern.  Superintendent: Jack Hill.  Welder Foreman: Kevin Blasdell.  Working 6-10’s.  Approx. completion 11-9-18.

State Group:

- Northwood, OH.  Instrumentation tubing work in various stations for Michels Pipeline/Nexus.  Superintendent: Guy Carlson.  Working 6-10’s.  Approx. completion 10-1-18.

UPI:

- Dillonville, OH.  Compressor station expansion 1”-36” for Enbridge.  Superintendent: Bob Humphrey.  Welder Foreman: George Houston.  Working 6-10’s.  Approx. completion 12-26-18.

US Pipeline:

- Salineville, OH.  2 units grass roots compressor station, 2”-36” in Columbiana County, OH for Texas Eastern Transmission/Enbridge.  Superintendent: Todd Strassburg.  Welder Foreman: Matt Day.  Working 6-10’s.  Approx. completion 3-1-19.

VEC:

- Sugargrove, OH.  10” compressor station for TransCanada.  Superintendent: Robbie White.  Welder Foreman: Toby Boyette.  Working 6-10’s.  Approx. completion 10-22-18.

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  • Blue Light Report - July / August 2019
    Dear Brothers and Sisters, Like many of you, I am also disappointed in the many projects that have been stalled or delayed. All the more reason we must continue to be vigilant in our efforts to advocate. Sadly, only about 50% of our members are actively engaged on our Action Network.
  • Blue Light Report 2 - July / August 2019
    Brothers and Sisters, I hope this report finds each of you healthy and in good spirits. This year has obviously started out much slower than the last two. Through the month of May, we are well behind 2017 and 2018 man-hours, but we are still ahead of 2015 and 2016, which ended up being 6.8 million and 7.5 million man-hour years.
  • Blue Light Report Dispatch - July / August 2019
    The pipeline hours are slower than in 2017 and 2018, but we are still ahead of 2015 and 2016, so work is not quite as slow as it may seem. We are not having a record year as we have had previously (that goal is unreasonable), but work is picking up.  We have already needed to PPC-11 a nonbook to an Intermediate job in the Dakotas.
  • Blue Light Report Benefits Update - July / August 2019
    401(k) Distributions We are currently experiencing an unusually high volume of 401(k) calls and distribution applications. Please know that messages received by the Fund office will be returned and we are working to process the distribution applications in a timely manner.