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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 - May / June 2019

I am writing this report after returning home from the 2019 Steward School.  It was enjoyable to have the opportunity to visit with those who were able to attend. Danny and Justin had a good agenda with several very informative speakers and guests.  

Thanks to the UA Pipeline Department for attending.  It’s always good to see and visit with you.

We went over the Agreement in full and had a good discussion on issues that arise on some of the jobs.  I hope everyone has a better understanding of it and will carry what they learned to the job site and see that it is enforced.

The Ladies of 798 had several fun events as well.  They had their basket auction which is always a good time. They work hard in bringing this event, as well as others, to us.  I want to thank them for the hard work and effort but, most of all, for their support to us in our jobs as we travel away from home for work.  Also, the retiree banquet was, as always, a humbling event.  It was an honor for me to be able to visit with those who paved the way for us to enjoy the safe and great working conditions we enjoy today.  I want to also thank the Inside Guards for their efforts in seeing that the events went off in the professional manner they did. Thanks to all of you for an outstanding job.

The work outlook is still looking good.  The three major projects that were planned are still having permit issues, but we still have a lot of short lines and rehab to do this year.  I think we are going to end with a good work year.  I encourage you to sharpen your heli-arc and low-hi skills as there are several good building trade jobs that are going to need welders this year.

Thanks again to everyone who helped make the 2019 Steward School a great success.  If I can be of help, don’t hesitate to call.

Pre-Jobs:

B&G Pipeline:

- Forrest City, NC. 2 miles 12“(Amended). Welder Foreman:  Naaman Warren.  Superintendent:  Josh Owens.  Working 6-10s.  Approx. completion 8-1-19.

- Forrest City, NC. 8 miles 12”.  Welder Foreman:  Naaman Warren.  Superintendent:  Josh Owens.  Working 6-10s.  Approx. completion 5-11-19.

InfraSource Construction:

- Covington, KY. Removal of condensation and tie-ins.  Welder Foreman: Justin Teague.  Superintendent:  Walker Sturt.   Working 6-10s.   completion 6-1-19.

Minnesota Limited:

- Richmond, KY. 12” Launcher and Receiver plus valve replacements.  Welder Foreman:  Cody Dye.  Superintendent:  Fred Leasure.  Working 6-10s.  completion 7-30-19.

Michels Pipeline:

- Harrodsburg, KY. 9,037’ 30” Plus HDD.  Welder Foreman: Jan Shurpit.  Superintendent:  Russ Shurpit.  Working 6-10s.  completion 10-25-19.

 

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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.