We recently finished the 3% allocation that you will receive on June 3, 2019, under the National Pipeline Agreement. All classifications have allocated 30 cents towards healthcare and the remainder of the raise will be put on your 401(k) benefit contribution. Currently, welders and journeymen on high scale work receive $6.89 per hour and helpers receive $3.48 per hour. With the additional monies, welders and journeymen will receive $9.30 per hour on 401(k) and helpers will receive $4.68 per hour on 401(k).
The fourth quarter came in strong and will probably close out 2018 the same way. What a great year for the best pipeliners in the pipeline industry. Our 798 men and women are the best bang for the buck for the gas and oil companies to get it done right and on time. Several of the jobs in the Northeastern states will not finish until sometime next year.
In 2019, I expect the same amount of maintenance work as we have done this year in my area. PHMSA and DOT are cracking down on old pipelines to be upgraded or replaced. The granddaddy of them all, the Line 3 Replacement Enbridge project, 370 miles of 36” in Minnesota, will also be in 2019. The Line 3 battle for permits is over, and I have an email and an official follow-up letter from Enbridge saying they have an agreement with the Fon De Lac Nation for construction on their land. The letter also states an in-service date of December 2019 for Line 3.
In early October, I will be in Nebraska attending the public comment meeting on the Keystone XL, Scoping of the ESI, for the approved reroute in Nebraska. The online comment period will go until November 8 and may be over when this Blue Light comes out. It will be on the Action Network after October 9, so help your Local and yourself by getting involved with the Action Network. Your job depends on getting permits, and this is an easy way to make things move in the right direction.
At this writing, I have 36 active jobs and have pre-jobbed over 90 jobs this year. All are Integrity Maintenance Jobs. The future of 798 will be supported by this type of work so get your up-hill welding skills up-to-date for the future. Your Local is in great shape with our health care and pension so keep stacking it up for your future.
Thanks to all that have sacrificed your home life to pipeline on the road this season. Best wishes to you during the holiday season and be safe wherever you’re traveling. Always remember United We Stand and Divided We Fall.
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We recently held our regular January Membership Meeting here in Tulsa, and I am proud to say that we had well over 300 members in attendance. This was a great turnout for January, with many entering their Union Hall in Tulsa for the very first time. It’s always good to see so many members come to take part in the direction of this Local Union.
“The unsuccessful person is burdened by learning and prefers to walk down familiar paths. Their distaste for learning stunts their growth and limits their influence.” - John C. Maxwell
PIBF at Steward School PIBF’s presentation Thursday afternoon at Steward School will include guest speakers from the Trust Company of Oklahoma who will cover helpful information on our 401(k) plan, along with guidance on Medicare and Social Security. A representative from Cooper Clinic will also discuss the special pricing available to the membership for their preventative medicine program. As in the past, the PIBF staff will be available throughout the Steward School for member questions.