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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 Organizer Update - November / December

I hope this report finds everyone doing well. It has been a fantastic year for Pipeliners with plenty of work and man-hours logged. The work outlook remains strong, and that’s very encouraging.

As most of you know, we experienced a temporary shut down on the Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast projects. The good news is that these projects were allowed to resume. This success is a direct result of your participation in our Action Network. Everyone who signed these petitions is commended. Many times, people with good intentions fail to act until they are affected directly. But here in Local 798, we are family and what affects one member affects all members. If a job your Brother or Sister is on is shut down, it affects us all. Don’t wait until it's your job, act now. When we joined we pledged to assist all members and the interest of this Local Union, so we have a moral obligation to do whatever is necessary to further our agenda. We have 8,000+ members, and each one needs to have their name on the Action Network. Surely each one can sign up a family member or friend. When our jobs are threatened, and we can send 16,000+ voices, someone must listen. That’s our goal; please sign the petitions and have others sign them. Your job depends on it.

The last couple months have been busy for me. I attended the COGA Energy Summit in Denver, CO, then I was back home for a change of clothes and then to Tulsa for our Regular Membership Meeting and staff meeting. For those of you who weren't in attendance, our membership is up, our finances are at an all-time high, and man-hours worked are comparable to last year. The big news was we received another pension increase. My hat goes off to Business Manager Danny Hendrix and Financial Secretary-Treasurer Justin Wallace. They never stop working for us and moving this Local Union forward in a positive way to benefit all members, both active and retired. After the meeting, we were directed to the 2018 UA Officers Seminar which is always very informative and educational. The UA is in good hands under the leadership of General President Mark McManus.

The work in the Permian Basin continues strong, but you can’t say the same about wages. This area continues to offer the lowest wages and highest living expenses in the nation. Non-union contractors are making millions daily while workers struggle to pay their bills. This is unacceptable, and it puzzles me why Pipeliners there do not stand up and demand a decent wage. I watched a video on Facebook by a young man trying to explain to these workers how they are being taken advantage of and the need to band together for a common cause. I couldn’t agree with him more; he spoke the truth plain and simple. Although many agreed with him, it was disturbing to see how many could come up with an excuse of why it couldn’t be done. To those working in West Texas, remember when that boom is over the millionaires will still be millionaires and you will be sent on your way to fend for yourself; after you have worn out your equipment for pennies on the dollar. Just remember what happened in the Eagle Ford Shale when all that work was done for nothing. A quote from Dale Carnegie comes to mind, “Inaction breeds doubt and fear, action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.” These contractors are not going to pay you what you're worth, because they want you broke and to need a job. They want you dependent on them because that way you can be controlled. You must band together; direct action is your only hope.

There is already a path to prosperity and protection in this industry, and that path leads straight to Pipeliners Local Union 798. I was organized as a Welder 37 years ago this year into 798. It continues to be the best career move I ever made and will be for you and your family as well. We are your friends; those non-union contractors are not.  It should be clear how we must stand together and protect our wages and conditions. Join with us in organizing these contractors, if not what you will witness is the destruction of an entire industry. Don’t think of excuses why it can’t be done. Do not remain silent.  Stand up and act now because now is the time, not later. You hold in your hand a perfect opportunity to better your life and that of your family. You have the key, use it. They will pay the money; they will treat you with respect, and it's up to you to take that step forward. I will help you and show you how to achieve this goal. It can be done, and it will be done with your help. 

Thanksgiving and Christmas are just around the corner, and I wish everyone the best through the holidays. Work safely, be productive and always produce the highest quality product that money can buy. That is what makes us the best the world has to offer. If I can be of any help, please give me a call.  If no answer, please leave a message because sometimes in certain areas my phone doesn’t show a missed call.  

Fraternally,

Ronnie M. Hill

Organizer

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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.