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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 Southwest - March / April 2020

I want to start this report by mentioning the great turnout we had at the January Regular Membership Meeting, despite the bad weather. It was great to see the new officers installed by Brother and UA Director of Pipeline and Gas Distribution, David Barnett.

Afterward, Brother Barnett gave a report to the membership that gave us a lot of insight into what the UA has been working on. One of the highlights was the new P.H.M.S.A. mega rule. By the time you read this report, there should have been an action to sign on the Action Network in support of the new rulemaking.

I hope many of you were able to sign it. With the environmentalists supporting these rulemakings along with us, it should pass. The amount of Maintenance and Integrity work that this is going to produce over the next 15 years is going to be huge. Just to give a brief summary, this rule applies to all transmission lines, including lines that were grandfathered in pre-1970s. If gas companies cannot produce good documentation confirming their M.A.O.P.s and materials, they will be required to retest and reconfirm that the line is capable of running the pressure they are trying to obtain. This also means that all of those lines will need to be piggable. As of right now, when the rules go into effect, they have until 2028 to get 50% of the applicable lines done and until 2035 to get it all done. With that being said, Maintenance and Integrity work is going to be a big part of what we do for quite some time. Make sure you utilize the training center to ensure you have the skills to do this work.

As of right now, it looks like the work out West is going to be better than last year. There are a few large projects that are scheduled to go this season. The contractors are going after work, and we have given them the tools to compete. I am hopeful we will start to see a swing towards our direction. I currently still target gas companies operating in the Permian to gain some of that market. It is extremely hard to make these gas companies see the difference between sub-standard contractors and fair contractors when they have been operating a certain way without a ton of regulation for so long.

If you haven’t made arrangements to attend this year’s Steward School, now is the time. It’s a great chance to meet new people and network for the upcoming work season. In closing, if I can be of any assistance, please don’t hesitate to call: 918-398-3380.

Pre-Jobs:

Michels Pipeline:

- Sheridan, WY. Casing for directional drills for Phillips 66. Superintendent: Ray Healy. Working 6-10s. Maintenance integrity rates. Job complete.

- Lusk, WY. 20” pump station for ONEOK. Working 6-10s. High scale. Superintendent: Spencer Fern. Welder Foreman: John Monden. Approx. completion 3-1-20.

Snelson Companies, Inc.:

- Henderson, CO. Blanket maintenance work for Excel Energy. Superintendent: Cody Gay. Working 5-8s. Maintenance integrity rates. Approx. completion 12-31-20.

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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.