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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 - 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  Local 798 and the UA at the international level are working to see that this agreement is rescinded.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 - 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.