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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 Texas - November / December 2019

I have just returned from CRC in Houston, visiting the hands working for Price Gregory and Michels Pipeline. They are running procedures for Enterprise and Exxon Mobil. The word I got at CRC is that we have several contractors bidding the 600 miles of 36” for Enterprise in Texas that runs from Wink to Webster. There are seven spreads being bid, and they want to start in November. Hopefully, by the time you read this report, we will know if our contractors have been successful or not.

Most of the jobs in Texas are starting to wind down, and some are already complete. Michels picked up some directional drills around Houston, Texas, but at this time, I do not have a starting date. Rumors are going around about several other jobs that have gone to fair contractors, possibly starting sometime in January. 

Again, my wife and I would like to express our appreciation and gratitude to all our 798 family, UA family, and our friends for the phone calls, text, cards, and most importantly all the prayers. Tuffy is on the road to recovery, and we are making forward steps every day that are all positive. We still have a long, hard road ahead of us, but with the help and love of the Lord and all of you, we are going to beat this. There are a lot of phone calls I never got a chance to return, and I do apologize. If you are trying to reach me, please leave a message or text me, I will get in touch with you as soon as I can. My cell phone number is 918-633-3435.  

This is the last Blue Light report in 2019, so I hope everyone has a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. May GOD BLESS!  

Pre-Jobs: 

Price Gregory International: 

- CRC Houston, TX. Run procedures for Enterprise Pipeline. Superintendent: Kirk Kirkland. Welder Foreman: Jamie Hankins. Working 6-10s. Mainline rates. Job complete. 

Precision Pipeline: 

- Hico, TX. 88.5 miles of 24” Mainline for Energy Transfer (Lonestar Express II). Superintendent: Kevin Olerud. Welder Forman: Tim Gintz. Working 6-10s. Market Recovery Target Project. Started 9-23-19. Completion 12-25-19. 

Michels Pipeline: 

- CRC Houston, TX. Run procedures for Exxon Mobil HDD drills. Superintendent: Buddy Kevin. Welder Foreman: Lee Allen. Working 6-10s. Market Recovery Target Project. Started 9-16-19. Completion: 10-5-19. 

 

 

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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.