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Blue Light Report - March / April 2020

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

I have dedicated my report to only one subject because I, along with Justin and the rest of my staff, agree it is the most value we can provide the clients. And we need to continue to capitalize on it now while the opportunity is at hand.

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Blue Light Report Northeast - March / April 2020

I write this report after returning from the Virginia State Capitol in Richmond, Virginia. The reason the membership and I went to the capitol involved anti-Mountain Valley Pipeline House Bills 643, 644, and 646. These bills aim to threaten our livelihood and make it harder to build infrastructure in Virginia going forward.

Some of the details of the bills include more stringent oversight on pipelines 24” and above, as opposed to the current agreement that puts special provisions on 36” and above. The bills would also give the VA Water Board the power to shut down a project from an office building instead of the VA Department of Environmental Quality inspecting environmental issues that arise.

Bills like these have become the norm in the Northeast, and we must continue to fight these bills by getting involved in the legislative process. I personally thank Matt Harris, Casey Jones, Jamie Goodman, Bill Lemon, Travis Payne, Jeremy Peters, Chad Thomas, Cade Thomas, and Tim Whipkey for attending the subcommittee and full committee hearings that started at 7 a.m. and ended at 11 a.m.  Even though the bills made it out of the committees and will now be heard on the House floor, the Subcommittee Chair Delegate Kathy Tran came down and shook our hands, thanked us for attending, and recognized that these are tough issues we are dealing with these days. We lost this battle, but there will be more to come, and I’m thankful that I have members who are willing to do what it takes to continue the fight for our industry.

The work is starting to move a bit in my jurisdiction. I recently pre-jobbed three Mariner East jobs that were previously shut down, and I pre-jobbed 7.5 miles of 42” in Catlett, Virginia. The work is definitely not at 2018 levels, but at least it’s starting to pick up some. I will continue to watch and advocate for the MVP and ACP because if both jobs begin, they will be good jobs, but they will be under the microscope environmentally. Supposedly MVP will do some work this April, and we won’t know about the ACP’s Supreme Court ruling until Spring 2020.

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The 2020 Steward School is right around the corner. I want to encourage everyone to attend, and I am looking forward to seeing everyone.

Pre-Jobs:

Ace Pipeline, Inc.:

- Salem, WV. 12,600’ of 20” new lay. Superintendent: Jeremy Phillips. Welder Foreman: Jason Pitts. Mainline rates. Working 5-10s and 1-8.

Alex E. Paris Contracting Co., Inc.:

- Sistersville, WV. 3,900’ of 20” new lay. Superintendent: Dave Duncan. Welder Foreman: Logan Hopkins. Mainline rates. Working 5-10s.

- Washington, PA. 2,900’ of 12” new lay. Superintendent: Andy Cilia. Welder Foreman: Bobby Bell. Mainline rates. Working 5-10s.

Apex Pipeline Services, Inc.:

- Triadelphia, WV. Install 20” meter skid and associated piping. Superintendent: Eric Creel. Welder Foreman: Jason Smith. Mainline rates. Working 5-10s.

Appellation Construction Services, LLC:

- Ellicott City, MD. 2”, 8”, and 30” pipe work on launcher barrel. Superintendent: Tim Teribury. Welder Foreman: Nat Hasara. Integrity rates. Working 6-10s.

Bond Civil and Utility Construction:

- Burrillville, RI. 2” to 16” Pascoag, RI, compressor station maintenance. Superintendent: Michael Moore. Welder Foreman: Jeff Stockwell. Mainline rates. Working 5-10s.

Michels Pipeline:

- Hollidaysburg, PA. 16” HDD support, tie-ins, road bores, and testing. Superintendent: Ryan Dehn. Welder Foreman: Mike Guillory. Mainline rates. Working 6-10s.

Otis Eastern Service, Inc.:

- Lower Mifflin Township, PA. Anomaly digs and repairs in Perry and Juniata counties. Superintendent: Brad Joyce. Welder Foreman: Billy Dufford. Mainline rates. Working 6-10s.

Precision Pipeline:

- Mechanicsburg, PA. 16” HDDs, tie-ins, and testing (7.35 miles of pipe). Superintendent: Chad Ward. Welder Foreman: Andy Hunt. Mainline rates. Working 6-10s.

Rockford Corporation:

- Catlett, VA. 7.59 miles of 42” plus fab. Superintendent: Cole Henson. Welder Foreman: Marty Elliott. Mainline rates. Working 6-10s.

US Trinity Energy Labor Services, LLC:

- Blairsville, PA. Continuation of ME 2 16” HDDs. Superintendent: Bud Mathis. Welder Foreman: Eddie Chastain. Mainline rates. Working 6-10s.

VEC, Inc.:

- Louisa, VA. Remove and re-install 24” witch’s hat. Superintendent: Sean Wilster. Welder Foreman: Ryan Brady. Station rates. Working 6-10s. Job complete.

 

 

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  • Blue Light Report - March / April 2020
    Dear Brothers and Sisters, I have dedicated my report to only one subject because I, along with Justin and the rest of my staff, agree it is the most value we can provide the clients. And we need to continue to capitalize on it now while the opportunity is at hand.
  • Blue Light Report 2 - March / April 2020
    Dear Brothers and Sisters, I hope everyone’s year has gotten off to a good start. At the time of this writing, union contractors have picked up three more jobs in Texas under the Market Recovery package. This is great news, and we anticipate more to come.
  • Blue Light Report Dispatch - March / April 2020
    At the moment, work is slow at every level. In dispatch, we are diligently looking for work with other local unions by making phone calls every day.
  • Blue Light Report Benefits Update - March / April 2020
    New Pension Tax Table Installed Pension tax tables are updated in the first quarter each year. The new table for 2020 will be installed effective March 1, 2020.  Please review your deposit amount as of that date and after and let us know if you need to make any changes.