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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 - September / October 2019

By the time you read this report, the Rockford job in Donie, Texas, will be very close to complete, and the pipe will be laid out on the Price Gregory spread in Wink. I want to thank every UA Member that helped handle the work in Texas and for the great craftsmanship and unionism portrayed here.

We all know the cost of living in West Texas is ridiculous. All the hands working on the Market Recovery had to sacrifice. I just recently visited the jobs in Texas, and everyone was glad to be able to help.  It was the most harmony I have seen in a long time. You hear it more and more every day, the gas companies talking about the shoddy work going on in Texas. If everyone keeps doing what you know how to do, we will get the work. 

There’s a good chance Precision picked up one spread, maybe two, of the ETC Lone Star Express II, 24” line from Midland to Fort Worth, Texas, with the possibility to start sometime in October. Rumors are the Exxon/Plains 36” from Wink to Webster is going back out for bid, and Enterprise will be taking the project over. There are still several projects up for grabs in Texas.  

We are still getting calls about 798 members working nonunion. If you are one of them, you are playing Russian Roulette with your career. It’s not a question of if you are going to get caught, it’s when! Keep checking your mailbox, you might be one that already has! It is not fair to our contractors that are bidding the work in Texas for union members to go out and help the nonunion. You are not getting paid fair wages. You have no working conditions, and they won’t do anything about it. You won’t even make them furnish your gloves, which is an OSHA requirement. As long as the nonunion keep getting qualified welders that are cheap, we probably won’t get much work. When you want to blame someone because there is no work in the south, look in the mirror.  

I am looking forward to seeing everyone at the September meeting. If I can be of assistance to anyone, please don’t hesitate to contact me at (918) 633-3435. Never forget, we are and always will be “THE BEST OF THE BEST. 

Pre-Jobs: 

Geeding Construction, Inc. 

- Grapevine, TX.  12” Relocation for Explorer Pipeline. Superintendent: Dwight Orf. Welder Foreman: Joy Compton. Working 6-10s. Mainline rates. Approx. completion 8-20-19.  

 

 

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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.