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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 - July / August 2018

The work in the Northeast is currently booming. Eight Mountaineer Express (MXP) spreads are hiring, and the Mountain Valley (MVP) spreads are doing the same. I have pre-jobbed one Atlantic Coast (ACP) spread and I have a job notification for another.

The ACP schedule is behind the MXP and MVP due to tree cutting permits, but ACP will still do some work in 2018.

We are having a lot of jobs go unfilled, especially with the Journeyman and Helper classifications. I am working through the list of Helpers that have documented hours to fill the Journeyman positions. The Helper openings are being filled by non-books and travelers. I have been receiving numerous calls from members who are recommending non-books for employment. I would like to ask everyone to think long and hard before you suggest someone for Local 798 employment. Are you vouching for this person to advance the Local or are you trying to get them off your payroll?

Once again, I would like to reiterate how important working safely is going to be this year. Everyone needs to work smart and watch out for each other, so we can go home the same way we reported to work each and every day.

Pre-Jobs:

Ace Pipeline:

-Salem, WV.  34 miles of 30”. Superintendent: Sam Jarvis. Welder Foreman: Jason Pitts. Mainline rates. Working 5-10s and 1-8.

Associated:

-Clarksburg, WV.  13.57 miles of 36” and 6.3 miles of 24” (MXP Spread 3). Superintendent: Mark Nail. Welder Foreman: Charlie Beddingfield. Mainline rates. Working 6-10s.

-Ellenboro, WV.  23.4 miles of 36” (MXP Spread 4). Superintendent: Byron Johnson. Welder Foreman: Leroy McDougal. Mainline rates. Working 6-10s.

Bond Brothers:

-Ramapo, NY.  Various station work. Superintendent: James Comeau. Welder Foreman: Jeff Stockwell. Station fringes paying High-Scale. Working 6-10s.

Contractors Rental:

20.5 miles of 24”. Superintendent: Jackie Berryman. Welder Foreman: David Salzgerber. Mainline rates. Working 6-10s.

LMC:

-Eldred, NY.  1-36” Compression upgrade. Superintendent: Mike Adams. Welder Foreman: Brian Signorelli. Station rates. Working 5-10s.

-Long Eddy, NY.  1-36” Compression upgrade. Superintendent: Tracy Stevens. Welder Foreman: Nate Stevens. Station rates. Working 5-10s.

Michels Pipeline:

-Buckhannon, WV.  15.6 miles of 42” (ACP Spread 2-1). Superintendent: Skeeter Imes. Welder Foreman: Shannon Jackson. Mainline rates. Working 6-10s.

Rockford:

-Montrose, PA.  3.6 miles of 24, 16, and 10”. Superintendent: Kevlin Shaw. Welder Foreman: Jesse Davis. Mainline rates. Working 6-10s.

U.S. Trinity:

-Beaver, WV.  40.6 miles of 42”. Superintendent: Randy Mathis. Welder Foreman: Troy Rice. Mainline rates. Working 6-10s.

 

Welded:

-Glen Dale, WV. 19 miles of 36”. Superintendent: Art Gavlock. Welder Foreman: Fred Calvert. Mainline rates. 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.