Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Like many of you, I am also disappointed in the many projects that have been stalled or delayed. All the more reason we must continue to be vigilant in our efforts to advocate. Sadly, only about 50% of our members are actively engaged on our Action Network.
The 2018 work season is at full throttle and on the way to record-breaking man-hours for the year. The Mainline Transmission work in the Northeastern states has busted open with job opportunities for every member that wants to work.
If your reading this Blue Light report and you are not on someone’s payroll, something is very wrong. Hopefully, it’s not illness for you or your family. If you are healthy and able to work, your Local needs you to help man these jobs that have gone unfilled every night for the last few weeks. Most of all, your family needs you working to better support them with a good wage, health care benefits, and to build your pension credits so you can have a decent income when you retire. On June 4, you received a 3% wage and fringe increase that was allocated mostly to the per diem. It’s always good to get a raise.
I just returned from Duluth, MN, where Bob Schoneberger with United Piping set up a meeting and lunch for the group, Jobs for Minnesotans, and Enbridge. Enbridge CEO Al Monaco and his staff spoke on the Line 3 Replacement that has been in the permit process for the last few years. The finish line is in sight with the final permits to be issued in late June. This 337 miles of 36” from Western Minnesota to the Enbridge Terminal in Superior, WI, is a real job for 2019. I think some winter work and stations will start this winter when some swamp areas are frozen, with Mainline work starting in 2019.
It’s a great time to be a 798 Pipeliner, so take advantage of these job opportunities.
-Grand Rapids, MN. Enbridge Integrity Digs in MN, ND, WI, and MI. Superintendent: Sean Reed. Welder Foreman: Levi Novacek. Steward: Kyle Comstock. Working 5-10s. High Scale, ongoing blanket.
-Clearbrook, MN. Koch Integrity Digs. Superintendent: Brady Nelson. Welder Foreman: Don King. Steward: Tanner Dremmel. Working 5-10s, High Scale, 6 weeks.
-Adar, IA. Northern Natural Gas Integrity Maintenance in IA and NE. Superintendent: Adam Highburg. Welder Foreman: Joe Foris. Steward: Chris Olson. Working 6-10s. High Scale, ongoing blanket.
-Liberty, MO. Buckeye 10” Relocation Superintendent: Greg Geeding. Welder Foreman: TJ Luck. Steward: Scott Lippe. High Scale, 4 weeks.
-North Liberty, IA. MidAmerica Energy 5,200 feet of 16”. Superintendent: Frank Robeldo. Welder Foreman: Matt Wilkerson, LU25. Steward: Marty Campbell. Working 5-10s. High Scale, 3 months.
-Judsonia, AR. Center Point, Integrity Pipeline and Station Changeouts. Superintendent: Chad Townsend. Welder Foreman: Thad Townsend. Steward: Jeremy Ryan. Working 4-10s. Ongoing blanket.
-Bushton, KS. NNG 30” Launcher Receiver & Block Valve Replacement. Superintendent: Brandon Duffy. Welder Foreman: Ben Weinke. Steward: Warren Lyda. Working 6-10s. High Scale, 8 weeks.
-Grundy Center, IA. Northern Natural Gas Integrity Digs in multiple states. Superintendent: Travis Novak. Welder Foreman: Brian Straight. Steward: Johnny “Josh” Gardner. Working 6-10s. High Scale, ongoing blanket.
-Meade, KS. NNG Fab and install Cross Overs. Superintendent: Rod Coburn. Welder Foreman: Kevin Marlett. Steward: David Lizana. Working 6-10s. High Scale, 3 months.
-Muscatine, IA. Alliant Energy 3.3 miles of 8”. Superintendent: Wes Sears. Welder Foreman: Shane Lawrence, LU 597. Steward: Rick “Bugs” Hemmer. Working 6-10s, High Scale, 14 weeks.
-Bethany, MO. Flint Hills Resources Station Modifications. Superintendent: Jamie Karels. Welder Foreman: Nick Schmidt. Steward: Chuck Nobles. Working 6-10s. High Scale.
-Big Lake, MN. Various Gas and Oil Companies. Superintendent: Ryan Julin. Welder Foreman: Tom Lilyerd. Steward: Brent Stai. Working 5-10s. High Scale, ongoing blanket.
-Cunningham, KS. Northern Natural Gas 30” Drip Leg Installation. Superintendent: Paul Johnson. Welder Foreman: Matt Benham, LU 11. Steward: Michael J. Johnson, LU 539. Working 6-10s. High Scale, 5 weeks.
-Tioga, ND. Hess, Tesoro, Enbridge, and TransCanada Gathering System and Well Pad Hookups. Superintendent: Dustin Adams. Welder Foreman: Ryan Swartz. Steward: Cory Hiller. Working 6-10s. 90% Scale, ongoing blanket.
-Little Canada, Minnesota. Xcel Energy Integrity Pipeline and Station work. Superintendent: Brett Cats. Welder Foreman: Roger Bennerotte, LU 6. Steward: Les Bardwell. Working 5-10s. High Scale, ongoing blanket.
-Cushing, OK. Magellan 1,100 feet of 12”. Superintendent: Arron Gossett. Welder Foreman: Curtis Mason. Steward: Rodger P. Hastings. Working 6-10s. High Scale, 3-4 weeks.
-Damascus, AR. SWN Station Modifications. Superintendent: Marcus Thomason. Welder Foreman: Mike Varner. Steward: Jeffery Adams. Working 5-10s. Ongoing blanket.
-Geary, OK. OneOk Station Modifications. Superintendent: Clay Johnson. Steward: Ronnie Voyles. Working 5-10s. Low scale, ongoing blanket.
-Pocahontas, AR. Center Point small diameter pipeline and station work. Superintendent: Wayne Holden. Steward: Ryan Usry. Working 5-10s. Low Scale, ongoing blanket.
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Dear Brothers and Sisters, Like many of you, I am also disappointed in the many projects that have been stalled or delayed. All the more reason we must continue to be vigilant in our efforts to advocate. Sadly, only about 50% of our members are actively engaged on our Action Network.
Brothers and Sisters, I hope this report finds each of you healthy and in good spirits. This year has obviously started out much slower than the last two. Through the month of May, we are well behind 2017 and 2018 man-hours, but we are still ahead of 2015 and 2016, which ended up being 6.8 million and 7.5 million man-hour years.
The pipeline hours are slower than in 2017 and 2018, but we are still ahead of 2015 and 2016, so work is not quite as slow as it may seem. We are not having a record year as we have had previously (that goal is unreasonable), but work is picking up. We have already needed to PPC-11 a nonbook to an Intermediate job in the Dakotas.
401(k) Distributions We are currently experiencing an unusually high volume of 401(k) calls and distribution applications. Please know that messages received by the Fund office will be returned and we are working to process the distribution applications in a timely manner.