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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 - November / December 2019

I am writing this report after returning home from North Carolina pre-jobbing two Price Gregory jobs. The work in North Carolina is better than usual this year. We haven’t been successful in getting a large share of the North Carolina market in the past few years, so this is positive.

Our signatory contractors are starting to be successful in obtaining more and more work in North Carolina. I still have a few more jobs in the area I haven’t pre-jobbed but expect to do so soon.  

The work in other areas of my jurisdiction has slowed this year, but there are some good jobs going out for bid now. These jobs are in Tennessee and Kentucky and should start in early spring. However, building trades jobs are still going strong. So, if you need work, contact me or the Dispatch office and see what is available. 

As everyone is aware, the Local 798 election will be coming up soon, and a lot of great candidates are running for office. I want to thank those who are running for office. It’s good to see the interest our members have in serving the membership of our great union. I encourage everyone to vote. 

The December meeting is coming up soon, and I hope to see you there. Attending membership meetings is an excellent way for members to stay informed on current affairs. It also helps keep the union strong with member participation.  I want to wish a safe and Happy Thanksgiving to everyone and their families. Also, please keep our troops that are away from home in your prayers. It is a pleasure serving a great membership like Local 798. Please call if I can be of assistance. Hope to see you soon. 

Pre-Jobs: 

Price-Gregory International: 

- Sherrills Ford, NC.  19.28 miles of 20”. Welder Foreman: Jeffery Doyle. Superintendent:  Russell York. Working 6-10s under Market Strategy. Approx. completion 12-31-19. 

- Greenville, NC 19.48 miles of 12”. Welder Foreman: David Dickerson. Superintendent:  Doug Gregory. Working 6-10s. Special agreement. Approx. completion 11-2-19. 

- Salemburg, NC. 21.8 miles of 12” and 9.8 miles of 6”Welder Foreman: Rod Kelley Superintendent: Jim Parker. Working 6-10s. Special agreement. Approx. completion 11-15-19. 

Appalachian Pipeline Contractors, LLP: 

- Ramseur, NC.  5.1 miles of 12”. Welder Foreman: Johnny Ray Warren. Superintendent:  Ben Brown. Working 6-10s. Special agreement. Approx. completion 11-1-19. 

B&G Pipeline Company: 

- Statesville, NC 2.5 miles of 8” Welder Foreman: Jerimiah Bennett. Superintendent: Samuel Wilson. Working 6-10s. Mainline rates. Approx. completion 11-11-19. 

- Forrest City, NC. Four 12” fabrications. Welder Foreman: Naaman Warren. Superintendent:  Thomas Born. Working 6-10s. Mainline rates. Approx. completion 10-26-19. 

- Mill Springs, NC. 1,400’ of 12” Take up and relay. Welder Foreman: Jamie Helmns SuperintendentMatt Brantley. Working 6-10s. Mainline rates. 

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.