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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 Midwest - July / August 2019

The 2019 work season in my area is strictly Integrity Maintenance work. The big projects are still fighting for permits.

The Enbridge Line 3 and the TransCanada Keystone XL are still alive for construction for the near future. Companies such as Enbridge and TransCanada that bring fossil fuel energy into America from our Canadian allies are the main targets for environmental groups that fight fossil fuel energy. Most of these well-funded groups are very well organized, and most of their representatives I see at the public meetings don’t even know that this country has used Canadian crude for the last 50 to 60 years.

As of March 31, 2019, Local 798 had 6,549 active members and 1,492 retired members, that’s a little over 8,000 members. We currently only have 58% of the membership taking action by using the Action Network to sign petitions and send letters to the government agencies and politicians that take your jobs away from you and your family by stopping permits on these big projects. The members are stepping up and doing a great job, but we need every member and every family member on board because the opposition has 100% participation and are very passionate against our industry.  It’s easy to do once you get registered with the Action Network.  All you have to do when you get the email or text is to push three buttons. Read the message, push the “take action” button, then push the autofill button. And last, push the signature button, and you’re done. If you don’t want to take the time to do this to fight for your future job, you must not need a job.

Please get involved; your future job does depend on it. United We Stand, Divided We Fall.

Pre-Jobs:

Charps:

- Southerland, NE. Integrity Digs for Enbridge. Welder Foreman: Chris Olson. Job Steward: Brian McElhaney.  Approx. completion: 4 months.

Geeding Construction:

- Troy, MI.  30” Fabrication and Install for TransCanada. Spreadman: Greg Geeding. Welder Foreman: Luke Hahn. Job Steward: Todd Rogers. Approx. completion: 2 months.

InterCon:

- Thief River Falls, MN. Integrity Digs for Enbridge. Spreadman: Matt Ruskosky. Welder Foreman: Russ Messer (LU 601). Job Steward: Troy Richoux.  Approx. completion: 6 months.

- Rochester, MN.  12,000’ of 12” for MERC. Spreadman:  Aaron Zila. Welder Foreman: Mike Johnson (LU 539).  Job Steward:  Clyde Smith, Jr.  Approx. completion: 10 weeks.

- Big Lake, MN.  TBS Modifications for NNG. Spreadman: Greg Linous. Job Steward: Luke Bottelson. Approx. completion:  2 months.

KS Energy Services:

- Albert Lea, MN. 3.2 miles of 36” for NNG.  Spreadman: Art Gavlock. Welder Foreman: Fred Calvert.  Pipeman: Chris Miller. Job Steward: Blake McAnelly.  Approx. completion:  2 months.

Michels:

- Faribault, MN.  Station Modifications for NNG. Spreadman: Michael Schmidt. Welder Foreman: Derrick Strong. Job Steward: Steve Garness.  Approx. completion: 3 months.

- Lakeville, MN. Integrity Digs for NNG. Spreadman: Brody Scholz. Welder Foreman: Jeff Wolter (LU 601). Job Steward: Zack Galley. Approx. completion:  2 months.

- Stewartsville, MN. 12.2 miles of 12” for NNG.  Spreadman: Lee Allen. Welder Foreman: Richard Stout.  Pipeman: Cody Raleigh.  Job Steward: Chuck Seale.  Approx. completion:  3 months.

- Lincoln, NE.  5 miles of 16” & 8.5 miles of 12” for Black Hills Energy.  Spreadman: Mike Reed. Welder Foreman: Mark Usery. Job Steward: Martin Griffith. Approx. completion:  6 months.

Minnesota Limited:

- New Prague, MN. 1.06 miles of 6”, 4.31 Miles of 8”, 3.07 miles of 24” for NNG. Spreadman: Dusty Schaaf. Welder Foreman: Eric Haskins. Job Steward: Tracy Lester.  Approx. completion:   5 months.

- Watford City, ND.  Blanket Work for Kinder Morgan & Hess. Spreadman: Dustin Adams. Welder Foreman: Ryan Schwartz. Job Steward: Todd Hartle.  Approx. completion:  5 months.

- Berthold, ND.  Blanket Work for Enbridge, Hess & Aux Sable.  Spreadman: Chuck Wymore, Welder Foreman: Pete Dremmel. Job Steward: Kurt Quam.  Approx. completion:  5 months.

Q3 Contracting:

- Grand Forks, ND. 13,300’ of 6”. Reg Station, Launcher & Receiver fab and install for Xcel Energy. Spreadman: Andrew Jeske. Welder Foreman: Les Bardwell. Job Steward: Donavon Quam. Approx. completion: 4 months.

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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.