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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 - September / October 2019

I’m writing this Blue Light report in the third quarter of 2019. The Integrity Maintenance work is still going strong, and it looks like it will be going well into the fourth quarter of this year.

These are small jobs that don’t put a lot of people to work, but the ones that do this work stay busy. Northern Natural, Enbridge, Enable, Enterprise, and Koch Brothers that go by Black Hills and Flint Hills are the big players in the integrity business now. I want to remind the Welders they all require in-service weld testing with multiple open butt LH on 6G 12” and 12” branches. Some are 7016, and some are 7018 uphill open butt beads. Integrity Maintenance work is the future of the pipeline industry, and the low hydrogen weld process is here to stay.  

From all indications, the Keystone XL Pipeline is on track to start next year. The UA and 798 have a Project Labor Agreement to lay all the 36” pipe and build all the pump stations. The Line 3 Replacement project in Minnesota is still delayed; however, Enbridge says they have a start date of January 1, 2020. Minnesota’s Democratic Lieutenant Governor, Peggy Flanagan, has turned her back on the union pipeliners of Minnesota trying to stop the Line 3 Pipeline. That’s not good for the pipeline industry. She is totally against fossil fuel energy. The farmers that helped vote her in office will be paying a lot more for their farm diesel without the new Line 3 Pipeline to deliver affordable energy to this state and country. Think about that when you vote. 

Pre-Jobs:  

Michels Pipeline: 

- Lakeville, MN.  Hydro Testing at 9 locations for NNG. Superintendent:  Gary Matthews. Job Steward: Joe Lee. 

- Huxley, IA.  113 miles of 24” Hydro Testing for Flint Hills.  Superintendent: Tim Tureson Welder Foreman:  Josh McGeeJob Steward: Phil Lancaster. 

- Dubuque, IA. 30” valve replacements. Superintendent: Travis Novak Welder Foreman Johnny Gardner Job Steward: Tim Bellinghausen. 

Midwestern Contractors: 

- Wrenshall, MN.  Station Modifications for NNG.  Superintendent: Martin Ankenbruck Welder Foreman David Pawloski.  Job Steward Guy Simms. 

Minnesota Limited, Inc.: 

- Memphis, NE.  1,200 of 20” & 24” HDD’s for NNG.  Welder Foreman: Norman Lilyerd Job StewardBrian Straight. 

- Redfield, IA.  Station Modifications for NNG Steward: Tyler Wallace. 

- Blooming Prairie, MN.  Station Modifications. Welder Foreman: Mike Boyett. Job Steward Brian Boyett. 

Q3 Contracting: 

- Council Bluffs, IA.  1 mile of 16”, 4” & 8” for Black Hills.  Superintendent:  Troy Nelson.  Welder Foreman Van Sargent Pipeman Larry Collier Job Steward: Wade Landers. 

Northern Horizons, Inc.: 

- Laverne, MN.  Station Modifications for NNG.  Superintendent:  Jim Mallon Welder Foreman P.D. McConnaughey Job Steward Seth Dremmel. 

Charps, LLC: 

- South Sioux City, NE.  2,400 of 12” Reroute for NNG.  Superintendent:  Bob Carter Welder Foreman Grant Brown Job Steward Jimmy Cowboy Williams. 

B&G Pipeline Company: 

- Russellville, AR.   12,500 of 8” for Enable.  Superintendent:  Thomas BornWelder Foreman:  Ross Crain Job Steward Nathan Ferguson. 

Brothers Pipeline Corp.: 

- Menoken, ND.  3 miles of 6” for MDU.  Superintendent:  Shorty Rhodes Welder Foreman:  Joe Meche Job Steward: Grayson Miller. 

Foltz Welding Ltd.: 

- Arlington, NE.  (2) 3,000 of 8” HDD’s for Enterprise Pipeline.  Superintendent:  Chris Elliott.  Welder Foreman Mark Elliott Job Steward Justin Trammell. 

 

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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.