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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 Southwest - July / August 2019

Brothers and Sisters, hopefully by the time you read this report, some of the bigger jobs in my jurisdiction will be starting to man up. The 36-inch in Colorado should be in full swing sometime in July.

Our new contractor, Q&D Construction, is also making headway and has been successful in securing work in Nevada for NV Energy. They have also been looking at work in Colorado and Wyoming. As I wrote in my last report, these smaller contractors are crucial in securing the market of small diameter pipeline and maintenance work. A lot of my work this year has been maintenance and integrity work, a 10% cut seems like a lot, but when you are not taxed as much, the money difference isn’t substantial.

Briefly, I would like to touch on the Market Recovery Strategy. The Hanging H jobs in Colorado fall under that, and I believe there is a good chance I may start seeing more jobs that may be candidates for Market Recovery. Williams has several projects in Colorado that we have not been able to compete on, and I hope that we can edge our way back in and show the gas companies what we are capable of doing.  Right now, we do not have control of the market out west, like in other areas of the country. The idea is for our contractors to get in, do a great job, and have a better chance of securing more work. Once we have some kind of stronghold in an area, I hope to see the wages come back up. Everyone must be vigilant in showing what 798 has to offer these gas companies. We cannot expect to make more money and not be the best in the industry.  

In closing, I have still been diligent in the organizing department. If you see something that needs to be addressed in my area or know someone working for a non-union contractor that may be able to help sign them, don’t hesitate to call me. I will follow most leads if it can create work for the membership. As always, Work Safe and Work Union.

Pre-Jobs:

InterCon Construction:

- Glen Rock, WY.  35 miles of 12”, Special Agreement paying 90% Rates. Welder Foreman:  Patrick Kingsland.  Superintendent: Brandon Duffy.  Working 6-10s. Approx. completion 8-31-19.

Q&D Construction:

- Reno, NV.  Blanket Maintenance and Integrity work for NV Energy. Welder Foreman: Tim Oney.  Superintendent: Brian Graham.  Working 5-8s. Approx. completion 12-1-19.

Hanging H:

- Rifle, CO. 2.4 miles of 14” replacement. Welder Foreman: Edward Gumpert. Superintendent: Rick Melroy. Working 6-10s. Approx. completion 7-15-19.

Snelson Companies:

- Henderson, CO. Blanket Maintenance and Integrity work for Excel Energy. Welder Foreman: James Hendricks.  Superintendent: Keith Maxwell. Working 5-8s. Approx. completion 12-31-19.

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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.