• Blue Light Report - July / August 2019
    Dear Brothers and Sisters, Like many of you, I am also disappointed in the many projects that have been stalled or delayed. All the more reason we must continue to be vigilant in our efforts to advocate. Sadly, only about 50% of our members are actively engaged on our Action Network.
  • Blue Light Report 2 - July / August 2019
    Brothers and Sisters, I hope this report finds each of you healthy and in good spirits. This year has obviously started out much slower than the last two. Through the month of May, we are well behind 2017 and 2018 man-hours, but we are still ahead of 2015 and 2016, which ended up being 6.8 million and 7.5 million man-hour years.
  • Blue Light Report Dispatch - July / August 2019
    The pipeline hours are slower than in 2017 and 2018, but we are still ahead of 2015 and 2016, so work is not quite as slow as it may seem. We are not having a record year as we have had previously (that goal is unreasonable), but work is picking up.  We have already needed to PPC-11 a nonbook to an Intermediate job in the Dakotas.
  • Blue Light Report Benefits Update - July / August 2019
    401(k) Distributions We are currently experiencing an unusually high volume of 401(k) calls and distribution applications. Please know that messages received by the Fund office will be returned and we are working to process the distribution applications in a timely manner.
  • Blue Light Report Organizer Update - July / August 2019
    I am writing this report while on the road across West Texas and New Mexico; I hope this finds everyone doing well.
  • Blue Light Report Midwest - July / August 2019
    The 2019 work season in my area is strictly Integrity Maintenance work. The big projects are still fighting for permits.
  • Blue Light Report Mid-Atlantic - July / August 2019
    I am writing this report while in North Carolina; I have been traveling through the Rocky Mount and Stokesdale area. Troy Construction is doing a lot of work in the area, and it is disappointing to me that we have had members working for this non-signatory contractor.
  • Blue Light Report Northeast - July / August 2019
    I will start by giving an update on MVP and ACP. I currently have eight of nine MVP spreads pre-jobbed. Spread G in Blacksburg, Virginia, has not yet pre-jobbed and looks to be the last to do so. Hiring on the MVP has been a slow process, and the client has a major say about when to hire and how many to hire.
  • Blue Light Report Texas - July / August 2019
    We are finally starting to pick up some of the work in Texas. An abundance of cheap labor has been a lingering problem in this state for quite a while. In an effort to try to gain a portion of our market share, the UA and PLCA have developed a Market Recovery Strategy to try to make our fair contractors competitive in this cheap southern pipeline market.
  • Blue Light Report Southwest - July / August 2019
    Brothers and Sisters, hopefully by the time you read this report, some of the bigger jobs in my jurisdiction will be starting to man up. The 36-inch in Colorado should be in full swing sometime in July.
  • Blue Light Report Central - July / August 2019
    Pipeline construction activities have seen a slow first quarter for 2019 with many projects being pushed back because of permitting issues, but it seems the work may be picking up a bit. Since my last report, I have held 24 pre-jobs that included mostly integrity maintenance projects, and the Price Gregory work in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan for SEMCO Energy.
  • Blue Light Report Southeast - July / August 2019
    Since my last report, I have been spending a lot of hours on the phone.  I did have the opportunity to visit with all the hands on the Price Gregory job in Alabama and attend a town hall meeting in Lake Providence, Louisiana.