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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 Northeast - March / April 2019

The 2019 Steward School is right around the corner, and I would like to encourage all members to attend. Steward School is an excellent opportunity to catch up with old friends and to make new ones. Most importantly, the contract will be read and interpreted so that we can all be on the same page heading into the 2019 work season. If you plan on taking responsibility or are currently in a leadership role, you should attend Steward School to better yourself, the contractors and the Local.

The upcoming work outlook is not clear at this time. Two of the major Northeast projects (ACP and MVP) are currently held up in court. I’m frequently asked about when these projects will get moving again. My best answer is that when the courts decide to approve the permits is when the projects will start moving. 2019 could be a banner year or a mediocre year.  It all hinges on the courts and the permit approval system.

An environmental protester once said to me, “You will get your permits, but we will slow you down.” They are slowing us down and have been quite successful. That’s why we need to voice our opinions and fight for our jobs every opportunity we get, whether it be on the Action Network, writing Congress or attending town hall meetings. Our industry is under attack, and it’s up to us fight back any way we can.

I would like to close by congratulating Chad Gilbert on his appointment as Special Representative to the UA Pipeline Department. Over the last three years, I have had the pleasure to get to know Chad on both a personal and professional level. His dedication to our Local and the UA can never be questioned, and I feel that the UA picked the perfect guy to represent us. God bless you, Chad, and good luck with your future endeavors.

PRE-JOBS:

Michels Pipeline:

- Buckhannon, WV. 1 mile of 42” and tie-in completion. Superintendent: Mike Ford. Welder Foreman: Shannon Jackson. Mainline rates. Working 6-10s.

- Mount Morris, PA. 44 miles of 30” new-lay (Hammerhead Project). Superintendent:   Kirk Baker. Welder Foreman: Brian Anderson. Mainline rates. Working 6-10s.

Minnesota Limited:

- Burgettstown, PA. 97 miles of 10, 12, and 16” new-lay (Falcon Project). Superintendent: Mike Buric. Welder Foreman: Brian Fox. Mainline rates. Working 6-10s.

Union Pipeline:

- Burgettstown, PA. Additional 4.5 miles of 20” and 1,500’ of 12” new-lay. Superintendent: Perry Rogers. Welder Foreman: Eric Raymond. Mainline rates. Working 6-10s.

 

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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.