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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 2018

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.

Prejobs:

Casper Construction:

-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.    

Charps, LLC:

-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.

Geeding:

-Liberty, MO.  Buckeye 10” Relocation Superintendent: Greg Geeding. Welder Foreman: TJ Luck. Steward: Scott Lippe. High Scale, 4 weeks.

Intren:

-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.

McCizer Pipeline:

-Judsonia, AR.  Center Point, Integrity Pipeline and Station Changeouts. Superintendent: Chad Townsend. Welder Foreman: Thad Townsend. Steward: Jeremy Ryan. Working 4-10s. Ongoing blanket.

Michels Pipeline:

-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.

Midwestern Contractors:

-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.

 Minnesota limited:

-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.

Q3 Contracting:

-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.

Southern Pipeline:

-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.

Wayne Holden:

-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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  • 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.