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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 Dispatch - March / April 2019

“The unsuccessful person is burdened by learning and prefers to walk down familiar paths. Their distaste for learning stunts their growth and limits their influence.” - John C. Maxwell

It is the dead of winter no doubt. The arctic blast that the entire nation has experienced is discouraging everyone from making a move forward in the area of construction. We get a few out each week to Building Trade jobs, mostly to jobs that were already going. The list of jobs the UA provides for me has been very slim since January 1st. Leading up to Christmas, we had at least a dozen different jobs to look at every day. Regardless, we find jobs here and there in Sister Locals looking for welders, predominately Heliarc welders who have an OSHA 10 card no more than three years old. Now is the time of year to learn some new skills. Get your OSHA 10 updated or most importantly, come to the Training Center and learn how to be proficient with Heliarc welding and improve your Low Hydrogen skills. Good jobs seldom have easy tests. That is why we encourage you to come to the Training Center to get your UA Certifications. These certifications are not a give-me. We do not want to send you across the country unprepared. Here in dispatch, we will call anywhere that you think you have a lead on work. We are happy to follow up with a bio if it looks like it will get our member’s a job.

 Also, there is nuclear work out there, which is most always overtime. Of course, these jobs come with a strong background check. But once you get that completed, it is good for a year, and every time you step foot back into a nuclear facility, it stretches it out another year. Having that clearance puts you way ahead of a lot of people when trying to hire out.

That's what it looks like on the first day of February. However, when you get this March/April Blue Light, spring should be just around the corner and weather improving. I expect to see the Building Trades pick up, along with the fact that we should be getting good indicators on where and when the work will begin breaking.

For now, we can prepare for the future by learning and expanding our skill sets. Learn something new. Get better at things you already know. Get the things in your toolbox now so that when the year winds down, you are prepared to make the transition onto Building Trade work.

1,811 Welders

256 Journeymen

2,516 Helpers

 

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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.