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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 Mid-Atlantic - July / August 2019

I am writing this report while in North Carolina; I have been traveling through the Rocky Mount and Stokesdale area. Troy Construction is doing a lot of work in the area, and it is disappointing to me that we have had members working for this non-signatory contractor.

I understand the work is slower than usual, but the Building Trades need Welders in several states where you could be working instead of working rat. If you plan on working non-union, you should do the right thing and mail your book to the 798 Office with a resignation letter. By working for these non-union contractors, you are helping them be more competitive against our fair contractors. We have been very blessed over the past several years. Now that we are having a somewhat slower year, it is not a reason for you to break your oath of obligation by crossing back over to the dark side.  The work outlook is extremely good over the next several years, so if you are considering going back to the non-union side, you should think about your future. I may not find all of you, but I will be looking.

The work in my area is still progressing. Price Gregory has picked up two jobs for Piedmont, one is approximately 20 miles of 12-inch and another, in the Fayetteville area, is approximately 30 miles of 12-inch.  There is also 20 miles of 24-inch in the Charlotte area that has yet to be awarded, but it looks like it’s going to go to a union contractor. There are several maintenance and smaller jobs yet to go as well. We are also picking up several jobs in Kentucky. It’s looking like it will be a good year even though the bigger projects may not go until 2020.

Just keep in mind, 798 has been good to all of us, so stay strong and most of all, stay Union!

Pre-Jobs:

B&G Pipeline:

- Conway, SC.  28,250’ of 12”. Welder Foreman: Jerimiah Bennett. Superintendent: Samuel Wilson.  Working 6-10s. Approx. completion 6-1-19.

- Mooresville, NC.  Maintenance work. Welder Foreman: Nathan Ferguson. Superintendent: Tim Himschoot.  Working 6-10s.  Approx. completion 7-31-19.

Contractors Rental:

-  Ashland, KY.  12” Launchers/Receivers. Welder Foreman: Trent Dickess. Superintendent:  Jimmy Badgett.  Working 6-10s. Approx. completion 7-30-19.

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.