• 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.  
  • Blue Light Report Benefits Update - November / December 2019
    IMPORTANT PLAN CHANGES  The Board of Trustees of Pipeline Industry Pension Fund (PIPF) and Pipeline Industry Benefit Fund (PIBF) met on September 4, 2019, and approved plan changes. These important pension plan and health and welfare plan changes will affect active participants, spouses, children, and retirees.
  • Blue Light Report Midwest - November / December 2019
    I write this Blue Light report after returning from a hearing at the Minnesota State Senate Building in St. Paul, Minnesota about the Enbridge Line 3 Replacement Project. The Minnesota Public Utility Commission voted unanimously to include the Superior Lake Watershed into the Environmental Impact Study for the next 60 days. This was a decision by the PUC that puts the Line 3 closer to construction, providing many jobs that our members need so badly.
  • Blue Light Report Mid-Atlantic - November / December 2019
    I am writing this report after returning home from North Carolina pre-jobbing two Price Gregory jobs. The work in North Carolina is better than usual this year. We haven’t been successful in getting a large share of the North Carolina market in the past few years, so this is positive.
  • Blue Light Report Northeast - November / December 2019
    I am writing this report after visiting jobs in the Wheeling, West Virginia area. The jobs I visited were on small and medium-sized gathering line work. On projects like this, our fair contractors are competing against the nonunion from the bidding process until the completion.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Blue Light Report Central - November / December 2019
    We are now in the last quarter of 2019. Pipeline work has been significantly slower than we’ve grown accustomed to in the last few years. Fortunately, the building trades sector has increased demand for a skilled workforce. Our Local 798 leadership has worked closely with our sister locals in fulfilling manpower needs in addition to our own pipeline projects.
  • Blue Light Report Southeast - November / December 2019
    By the time you read this report, you should have already received your election ballot in the mail. So, take the time to fill it out and get it returned. It was great seeing all the participation in the nominations process, and I encourage all our membership to make sure to participate in the voting process as well. It is always a pleasure to visit with everyone at our meetings. It was amazing to see all the passion and pride expressed by our membership at our September meeting.