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Blue Light Report - May / June 2019

The 2019 Steward School has just concluded, and what a great event it turned out to be. It is impossible to put into words all that transpired for the week, but I will try to give you a brief snapshot of what happened.  

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Blue Light Report Southwest - May / June 2019

I am writing this report after attending another great and informative Steward School. If you were unable to attend, you missed out.

The Ladies of 798 raised around $120,000 at their Basket Auction to give to their designated charities. I cannot imagine a better public relations machine than what the combined efforts of those ladies do. Not only is it great to help people in need but it shines a very positive light on the entire Local. I would also like to take a second to thank the sponsors that keep our training center running and help make Steward School so successful.

The work outlook out West is similar to my last report. However, some contractors have picked up other smaller jobs in addition to the projects already on the books. Intercon Construction out of Wisconsin was the successful bidder on the Black Hills Energy work in Wyoming, and I look for them to get started around the first week of May. Intercon is a smaller company with low overhead and was able to beat out Crossfire (also known as Strike) and still pay 90% rates and full fringes on 12”. The Hanging H job in Colorado looks to be pushed back until June. From what I am hearing, the government shutdown played a role in delaying permits. I am still very confident that project will go.

I have several large projects on my radar that I am diligently staying on top of, but most look to be next year or 2021. I hope to provide more details on those as they emerge and open seasons end.  Denbury Resources has approximately 210 miles of 24” and 33 miles of 16” to do in Wyoming, and they just received BLM approval. My hope is this project will go no later than next summer.

I would also like to touch on the Powder River Basin in Wyoming. I am starting to see a lot more investor activity and acquisitions up there, all pointing to the possibility that it may be the next big oil and gas play next to the Permian Basin. It’s hard to get started with fair contractors when the work first starts back in an area, but some of these new project managers are getting a taste of getting what you pay for. I believe our fair contractors are going to start getting more opportunities to bid work and be looked at fairly in terms of quality. I have had reports of some contractors at times running 40% repair rates or higher. That isn’t acceptable by any standards.

In closing, I would like to remind everyone that there is a ton of building trades work available. Some locals pay as much as $50 an hour, and their pension contributions are close to ours. I have talked to agents that are already having trouble manning their work. If you don’t have the skill sets to work building trades, take advantage of the 798 Training Center. It could be the difference between earning a credit and falling short.

 Hope everyone has a safe and prosperous year and till next time, work safe and WORK UNION.

Pre-Jobs:

Michels:

- Castle Rock, CO. Blanket maintenance and integrity work, 22 valve change outs, and 1,800’ of 4 and 6-inch. Welder Foreman: John Larson.  Superintendent: Stephen Knight. Working 5-8s. Approx. completion 11-1-19.

- Del Norte, CO. Maintenance and integrity, 3,000’ of 6”, and multiple reg. stations. Welder Foreman: Chris Jost. Superintendent: Stephen Knight. Approx. Completion 6-1-19.

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  • Blue Light Report - May / June 2019
    The 2019 Steward School has just concluded, and what a great event it turned out to be. It is impossible to put into words all that transpired for the week, but I will try to give you a brief snapshot of what happened.  
  • Blue Light Report 2 - May / June 2019
    Steward School 2019 just wrapped up, and what a week it was! We had a great turnout, and it was good to see a lot of old friends and meet several new ones. 
  • Blue Light Report Dispatch - May / June 2019
    All is well for those who are ready to conduct their business like professionals. Coming by the work is not going to be as easy as last year. But there is work out there. Here in Dispatch, we are willing to do everything we can to help.
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    Revised PIBF SPD and Pension Statements Mailed to the Membership A revised Summary Plan Description (SPD) book and annual Pension Statements were mailed to the membership in March.  The most current version of the SPD is always available on our website at www.pibf.org.