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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 - September / October 2019

Since my last report, I have been spending my time going to job visits and pre-jobbing on the road.

The job visits have gone well with most of the questions turning towards the permits involved with the MVP and ACP. Some spreads on the MVP are currently stalled. Their pipe is laid out, and they are waiting on a crucial water certification before they can tie-in the existing pipe. Some spreads still have pipe to lay that is not involved with the wetlands, and therefore, can continue to put pipe together. Supposedly the MVP will be receiving their water certification around the end of August, but that remains to be seen. 

The ACP is awaiting word on whether or not the U.S. Supreme Court will take the case.  Hopefully, the Supreme Court will overturn the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals decisions that currently have the project shut down. Lawyers from both the UA and Dominion have written briefs to the Supreme Court. These briefs explain why the Fourth Circuit Court was wrong in their decision to vacate the permits that were already granted by the federal agencies in charge of granting the permits. The Supreme Court’s decision is supposedly going to be rendered in August.  

With all the shutdowns we are currently facing, we are blessed to have an open call from Local Union 449 at their Monaca, PA, Shell Chemicals ethane cracker facility. At last count, we have 150 Local Union 798 members working at the plant, and they recently asked us to send Helpers to man their work. The cracker is not the same as working pipeline, but it pays the bills and provides comparable benefits. If you are interested in working at the cracker plant, call the Dispatch Office, and they will get you started on your paperwork. 

I recently traveled to Tulsa to attend a memorial service for longtime Local Union 798 Financial Secretary-Treasurer Doyle Hendrix. Doyle served this local for many years and was a major force in helping to shape 798 into what it is today. Those that came before us dedicated their lives to keep 798’s seat at the table in an industry that doesn’t always want us sitting at their table. We must never forget the folks who laid the groundwork. Please keep the Hendrix family in your thoughts and prayers during this time. 

Pre-Jobs: 

Ace Pipeline, Inc.: 

- Salem, WV. 11,500’ of 20” new-lay. Superintendent: Jeremy Phillips. Welder Foreman: Jason Pitts. Mainline rates. Working 5-11s.  

Apex Pipeline Services, Inc.: 

- Glen Dale, WV. 9 miles of 20” new-lay. Superintendent: Roman McKown. Welder Foreman: Josey Kirk. Mainline rates. Working 4-12s and 1-10. 

- Triadelphia, WV. 9.5 miles of 20” new-lay. Superintendent: Moe Riddle. Welder Foreman: Charlie Thomas. Mainline rates. Working 4-12s and 1-10.  

Appellation Construction Services, LLC: 

- Dallas, PA. 24” and 12” Integrity work. Superintendent: Travis Orwick. Welder Foreman: Eli Rusczyk (Local Union 520). Integrity rates. Working 6-10s.  

Associated Pipe Line Contractors, Inc.: 

- Karns City, PA. Take-up and re-lay 22,250’ of 10”. Superintendent: Mark Nail. Welder Foreman: Charlie Beddingfield. Special Agreement fringes paying Mainline wages and per diem. Working 6-10s.  

Henkels and McCoy, Inc.: 

- Silver Springs, MD.  1 mile of 16” and 12” street work. Superintendent: Chad Simmons. Welder Foreman: Jason Steed. Mainline rates. Working 5-10s.  

LMC Industrial Contractors, Inc.: 

- Yorktown Heights, NY.  1” through 10” Temporary M&R bypass piping. Superintendent: Adam Vosh. Welder Foreman: Mike Adams. Station rates. Working 5-10s. 

 Michels Pipeline: 

- McLean, VA.  Additional 5,800’ of 24” street work. Superintendent: Chris Powell. Welder Foreman: Jacob Morgan. Mainline rates. Working 6-10s.  

Otis Eastern Services, Inc.: 

- Grantville, PA. 24” and 30” anomaly digs. Superintendent: Skip Holley. Welder Foreman: Billy Dufford. Mainline rates. Working 6-10s.  

- Baltimore, MD. Tie-ins on existing 26”. Superintendent: Richard West. Welder Foreman: Ryan Copley. Mainline rates. Working 6-10s.  

Over & Under Piping Contractors, Inc.: 

- Syracuse, NY. Station work, 24” drip removal and creek relocation. Superintendent: Fred Robinson. Welder Foreman: Pat Hyer (Local Union 267). Mainline rates. Working 6-10s.  

Robo Construction: 

- Montoursville, PA. Install 10” pipeline riser and fab. Superintendent: Dusty Satterfield. Welder Foreman: Ryan Massaro (Local Union 520). Special Agreement rates. Working 5-10s. 

U.S. Pipeline, Inc.: 

- White Haven, PA.  24” anomaly replacement. Superintendent: Joe Carter. Welder Foreman: Steve Yost. Integrity rates. Working 6-10s. 

Utility Line Services, Inc.: 

- Newark, DE.  6” and 8” lateral, take-up, re-lay, and M&R upgrades. Superintendent: Donnie Space. Welder Foreman: Josh Marsh. Special Agreement fringes paying High-Scale wages and per diem. Working 6-10s. 

MORE 798 STORIES

  • 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.