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Blue Light Report - March / April 2020

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

I have dedicated my report to only one subject because I, along with Justin and the rest of my staff, agree it is the most value we can provide the clients. And we need to continue to capitalize on it now while the opportunity is at hand.

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Blue Light Report Midwest - March / April 2020

This year started with good news on the big projects in my area. I just attended the 68th public comment meeting on the Enbridge Line 3 Replacement Project at the Minnesota Senate Building in St. Paul. The Minnesota Utility Commission heard public comments on the first day, and the lawyers delivered their case to the four commissioners on the second day.

After question and answer sessions, the four utility commissioners voted 3 to 1 to approve the Revised Environmental Impact Study on the Lake Superior Water Shed. The second vote was also approved with a vote of 3 to 1 to issue the Certificate of Need for the new pipeline. Finally, the last vote was approved 3 to 1 in favor of the preferred route to be used. There are still two permits needed before construction starts, but they will come a lot easier than what we just went through. Minnesota Limited has started fabrication on three pump stations, and Michels will start fabrication on their five stations mid-February. I feel like we will be laying mainline pipe by mid-summer. Thank you to all the UA and 798 members that take the time going to these meetings and supporting this local by clicking the Action Network when called on. Special thanks to the UA attorneys that do all the legal business that goes on constantly. Thank you, Ellen Boardman, for all your work, and thank you for sending Anna Friedlander to represent 798 and the UA. Anna did a great job.

TC Energy is starting to move on the Keystone XL. I have been shot down every time I make a prediction regarding the XL, but I think we are close enough to lay some pipe this year and start some stations. I’ve been fighting this fight for ten years now, and I’m not letting up until we are building this pipeline.

The Maintenance Integrity work has not moved a lot this year. The northern states will be dealing with the frost laws on road restrictions, as they do every year. I expect the same amount of this type of work as in the last two years. Maintenance Integrity work will be what keeps this local going in the future. On these small crews, you must be well rounded to take measurements, fab, hydro, and weld the stopples on the hotline to tie the new piece in.

Don’t forget the 2020 Steward School the second week in April. I’ve had a lot of Welders ask me how to become a steward. The first step is to attend Steward School, pay attention, and ask questions. Please stay in the meeting room, not the hallway. Always remember, United We Stand Divided We Fall.

Pre-Jobs:

InterCon Construction, Inc.:

- Grand Rapids, MN. Enbridge Integrity Digs. Superintendent: Jeff Hunt. Welder Foreman: Taylor Bergstrom. Steward: Tyler Johnson.

McCizer Pipeline, Inc.:

- Scott, AR. Center Point Energy blanket. Superintendent: Chad Townsend. Steward: Ronnie Chism.

Minnesota Limited, Inc.:

- Bemidji, MN. Enbridge Line 3 station fabrication. Superintendent: Dan Carlin. Welder Foreman:  Reid Baso. Steward: Preston Ri’chard.

United Piping, Inc.:

- West Alton, MO. Enbridge 20” HDD Mississippi River Crossing. Superintendent: Robert Gall.  Welder Foreman: Pete Dremmel. Steward: Kenny Glaze.

Michels Pipeline:

- Great Falls, MT. Phillips 66 blanket. Superintendent: Lee Huestis. Welder Foreman: Aaron Wegener. Steward: Shane Louden.

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  • Blue Light Report - March / April 2020
    Dear Brothers and Sisters, I have dedicated my report to only one subject because I, along with Justin and the rest of my staff, agree it is the most value we can provide the clients. And we need to continue to capitalize on it now while the opportunity is at hand.
  • Blue Light Report 2 - March / April 2020
    Dear Brothers and Sisters, I hope everyone’s year has gotten off to a good start. At the time of this writing, union contractors have picked up three more jobs in Texas under the Market Recovery package. This is great news, and we anticipate more to come.
  • Blue Light Report Dispatch - March / April 2020
    At the moment, work is slow at every level. In dispatch, we are diligently looking for work with other local unions by making phone calls every day.
  • Blue Light Report Benefits Update - March / April 2020
    New Pension Tax Table Installed Pension tax tables are updated in the first quarter each year. The new table for 2020 will be installed effective March 1, 2020.  Please review your deposit amount as of that date and after and let us know if you need to make any changes.