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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

We have just attended the UA Officers Seminar in Denver, CO. General President McManus, his officers, and staff put together another very informative and educating seminar. The apprentices that attended, especially the ones that spoke the final day, were very impressive.

Thank you all for a great job and special thanks to the host locals in Denver, Pipefitters Local 208 and Plumbers Local 3, for the hospitality.

There will be an astronomical amount of Big Inch work in Texas going out for bid in the next two years.  Hopefully, we can be competitive enough in the bidding process to pick up a fair share of it. There are also numerous small projects all over the state.

Three proposed LNG export terminals, planned to be built in Brownsville, Texas, will have large diameter pipelines feeding them - Rio Grande LNG, Texas LNG, and the Annova LNG Brownsville Project.

Then there is the Port Arthur LNG that has several big-inch pipelines feeding it. ONEOK, Kinder Morgan, and Driftwood all have some large projects coming up in the next two years. I am trying to be optimistic about getting some of this work.  Some of our contractors have told me they are serious about wanting to get it. Everyone is telling the same story; the work is cheap, even the non-union contractors I talk to are saying this.

It looks like a lot of jobs will continue through the winter. Those of you working in the mountains and hills, try to be extra careful and please work safely.

I’m looking forward to seeing everyone that can make it to the December meeting. I hope all of you have a very Merry Christmas and happy holiday season. If I can be of assistance to anyone, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

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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.