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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 - November / December 2019

By the time you read this report, I hope that construction on the Cheyenne Connector project will be underway. Since my last report, we were waiting on a decision from FERC to grant a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity.

It was passed by a 2-1 vote in the last commission meeting on September 19. My last follow-up found that FERC had a few questions, and if they are answered in a timely manner, everything should be moving forward. Just a reminder, this is a Market Recovery job. Market Recovery is being utilized in areas where we have lost a strong foothold on the work. For Market Recovery to be successful, we must show up to these jobs with a positive attitude and show that we are more qualified and more productive.  

I believe I still have a few smaller projects coming up in my jurisdiction. I have been working on getting contractors to bid work in New Mexico, particularly the Permian Basin. I believe once we have a contractor or two in the area, we can be competitive. I am fairly certain it will take Market Recovery wages to do so. Our contractors must compete with outfits that have been bedded down for years and have hands that are willing to work for sub-standard wages and no benefits. I’ve had some contractors bidding work in Nevada also. However, the Cheyenne Connector is going to be the only project I see coming up that will pull members from the wheel.  

As a reminder, we do have another election coming up.  You should have your ballots by the time you read this report.  Voting is our voice, and to make your voice heard, fill it out and send it in. If you are unfamiliar with the candidates, talk to someone you trust that may know so you can make informed decisions. In closing, I hope that everyone has a Merry Christmas and a prosperous new year. As always, “Work Safe and Work Union. 

Pre-Jobs.  

Michels Pipeline: 

-Casper, WY. Install metering and sampling equipment and piping for new Lateral for Enbridge. Superintendent: Matt Ross. Welder Foreman: Joel Mills. Station agreement paying high scale. 

6-10s. Approx. completion 11-20-19. 

-Sheridan, WY. 1,800’ 8” directional drills for Phillips 66. Superintendent: Ray Healy. Integrity Maintenance. 90% Rates. Approx. completion 9-13-19. 

Hanging H Companies, LLC: 

- Evanston, WY. 43, 20” Anomaly digs for Dominion Questar. Superintendent: Rick Melroy. Welder Foreman: Eddie Gumpert. Integrity Maintenance working 6-10s. Approx. completion 11-1-19. 

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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.