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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 - September / October 2019

I’m sure that everyone has heard of the loss of one of our great union leaders, Doyle HendrixHe has contributed so many things through his hard work and dedication to us and our great local. His passing genuinely saddens me, and my thoughts and prayers go out to the Hendrix family and friends. He will be missed.

On a brighter note, I am writing this report before leaving for North Carolina to pre-job 21.8 miles of 12” and 9.8 miles of 6” for Price Gregory. This project is one of three jobs that have been held up on permits. There are still two more good jobs waiting to start, one of which is approximately 20 miles of 12” and 20 miles of 24. I hope we’ll get the permits soon so we can get to work on these jobs. We still have several major projects awaiting approval. I want to encourage everyone to join the Action Network and sign the petitions to help get these permits released. We must let our concerns be known, and what these jobs mean to us as well as the revenue it will bring to the communities they will pass through. It is easy to sign these petitions, and the benefits are simple: It’s our jobs and future. So, if you haven’t already joined, please do so. Let’s tell our elected officials we need these jobs. 

We still have some of our members working for nonunion contractors. Before you do this, think about what you are doing. You are just making the nonunion contractors more competitive by teaching them how to be more successful in completing their projects. Because we are the best pipeliners in the country, making these contractors successful makes it more difficult for our fair contractors to compete in bidding work. So, before you go to work for them, think about what you are doing to yourself, the contractors, and other members.  It only takes work away that could have gone to a fair contractor. If you need work, there are several building trades jobs available. 

If I can be of assistance, please call me. 

Pre-Jobs: 

 Snelson Companies, Inc.: 

- Wilder, KY.  Integrity Maintenance. Welder Foreman: Carroll Morris. Superintendent: Jeff Gregory. Working 6-10. Approx. completion 12-20-19. 

Contractors Rental Corp dba CJ Hughes: 

- Louisville, KY 230’ of 12” casing removal. Welder Foreman: Todd Caseman. Superintendent: Christopher Randolph. Working 5-10s. Approx. completion 8-20-19. 

B&G Pipeline Company: 

- Union Mills, NC 11.93 miles of 12”. Welder Foreman: Naaman Warren. Superintendent: Josh Owens. Working 6-10s. Approx. completion 9-10-19. 

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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.