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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 - May / June 2019

All is well for those who are ready to conduct their business like professionals. Coming by the work is not going to be as easy as last year. But there is work out there. Here in Dispatch, we are willing to do everything we can to help.

What is needed to work Building Trades:OSHA 10 or OSHA 30, (Must have your card on your person and it is preferred to be not more than three years old.) A UA certification where the weld consists of an uphill stick bead filled and capped with low hydrogen. Another one needed is Heli-Arc bead, and hot pass then filled and capped with Low Hydrogen. Another is 2” Heli-Arc all the way out. Also, what they call for a UA 41 which is stainless bead hot pass fill and cap. Every one of these increases your earning ability. UA certifications are only available through UA Training Centers. Also, some Local’s agreements read that you are required to get your own drug test. In these cases, the drug test is good for roughly six months. Occasionally a TWIC card may help. Personally, I would have one.

I do not know how soon the work will pick up. However, there is an opportunity to go to work in several Building Trades locations across the country. Most places DO NOT PAY per diem. A few do, but even then, it is seldom equivalent to the amount we receive. However, I did find one small job that was paying $100.00 per day. At the very least, these jobs will help your unemployment and your health care last longer. But, do not wait until the last minute to decide to do something. As I said, the more certifications and willingness to travel, the more opportunity is out there, including reaching 1,200 hours for your pension. There is work in Washington State, Arizona, Oregon, and California, but I am strictly speaking of building trades jobs. Most of these jobs you need to be there to get a work order.

Be aware when traveling to these other locals, we are guests. We need to behave like thankful guests. Other locals notice quite fast if people miss work or drag up after a few weeks. The person who does it may not feel the effects; however, a brother or sister member who is needing to get a job will. To them, you may have just closed the door of opportunity. Everywhere you go; you are representing the character and integrity of Local 798 members. Sometimes I hear the response that it was not a very good job or some complaint about situations on the job. When we are looking for travelers for our work, it is not because we are looking to put them on our best job. The fact is, we must have people man the work and when other locals do the same thing you are not likely to roll up on the best job they have or the best supervision. When they are looking for help, they are already spread thin.

Do not neglect your downhill skills either. Do not assume that after being off several months you are in testing condition for a good downhill job. It’s a bad day when you travel many miles and miss the weld test for a job that could be months in length. With some of the retest rules, you may not ever be able to roll back up on that job or entire project before it is completed. The abundance of work has allowed for error. If you made a mistake in judgment, you could simply move to the next job and tighten up there; this year is not going to afford that. If you drag up or get run off the opportunity to reapply yourself may be gone. If you drag up, you will not qualify for unemployment, and it could be very difficult to get on another job to get that lay off for unemployment.

All is well for those who are ready to conduct their business like professionals. Coming by the work is not going to be as easy as last year. But there is work out there. Here in Dispatch, we are willing to do everything we can to help.

MORE 798 STORIES

  • 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.