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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 2018

The work season is off to a good start.  A lot of jobs are under way and several have yet to start, including the Rockford and Price Gregory spreads in NC on the Atlantic Coast job. These are 36” spreads that are going to need several UA members. If you are not working, I encourage you to get on the Out-of-Work List and be ready to go to work.

I know some jobs are better than others, but we must man them all to remain strong. Those of us who went through the 1980s find it unbelievable just how much work is available. I hope everyone has a prosperous year.

We are starting to have trouble manning some of this work so if you know of a Welder, Journeyman or Helper who would make a good union member, have them summit an application.  We will most likely need to take in new members before the year is out.

As we have all said in the past, we must fight to get these jobs permitted.  Just because you are working doesn’t mean you should let up on signing the petitions and attending town meetings. 

We still need all the help we can get to secure permitting for these future jobs, so encourage everyone to do their part on the Action Network.

I hope to see you soon on the ROW.  Remember, we have a good agreement to work under; let’s make sure we abide by it. Thanks to everyone for your hard work.

Pre-Jobs:

B&G Pipeline:

-Cary, NC.  18,950’ of 12”. Welder Foreman: Jeremiah Bennett. Superintendent: Samuel Wilson. Working 5-10s and 1-8.  Approx. completion 10-1-18.

-Ellenboro, NC.  36,274’ of 16”. Welder Foreman: Naaman Warren. Superintendent: Thomas Born.  Working 6-10s.  Approx. completion 6-1-18.

Foltz Welding:

-Chandler, IN.  20” river crossing. Welder Foreman: James Adams. Superintendent: Kevin Cain. Working 6-10s.  Approx. completion 6-1-18.

Meade:

-Erlanger, KY.  .75 miles of 24”. Welder Foreman: Chris Lee. Superintendent: John Karlsson.  Working 6-10s.  Approx. completion 6-1-18.

 

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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.