This Blue Light report follows a tour of job visits. It was good to meet with so many hands both in the yard and on the ROW. We have received positive feedback from contractors regarding performance and progress. Overall, the jobs in my area are going smoothly and our clients are pleased. Thank you all for your dedication to 798, long hours, and meeting the clients’ deadlines. In fact, the Utopia is maintaining a less than one percent repair rate.
We’ve also been fortunate to take in some excellent new people who have been a positive addition to our Local. With all this work, it has been a challenge to fill orders. This has been an opportunity for organizing the nonunion sector. We have taken away key personnel from non-union contractors, which has crippled their work force and strengthened ours. Danny, Wade, Black, Chad, and Ronnie have been vital to these efforts. We’ve pulled together to organize every corner of the United States.
There are still many more jobs to visit. Looking forward to seeing you sometime this summer. Work safe and stand together, union strong.
Cicero, IN. Install fabrication 2” through 4” at gate setting for Energy Transfer. Superintendent: Jim Shepler. Welder Foreman: Layne Richard. Working 6-10s. Approx. completion 6/10/17.
Clarington, OH. 3.6 miles of 24” and .6 miles of 16” new lay in Monroe County, OH for Rice Energy. Superintendent: James Prichard. Welder Foreman: James “Bennie” Thompson. Working 6-10s. Approx. completion 9/1/17.
10” anomaly digs in Indiana for Marathon. Superintendent: Greg Geeding. Welder Foreman: Dave Nellis. Working 6-10s. Job complete.
Decataur, IN. 10” anomaly dig for Buckeye Partners. Superintendent: Greg Geeding. Welder Foreman: Brian Zapachenk. Working 6-10s. Job complete.
North Judson, IN. 10” emergency digs for Buckeye Partners. Superintendent: Greg Geeding. Welder Foreman: Brian Zapachenk. Working 6-10s. Job complete.
Indiana. 24” in-line inspection facility modifications and pipeline replacement via HDD for NIPSCO. Superintendent: Tim Dunn. Welder Foreman: Keith Knox. Working 6-10s. Approx. completion 10/31/17.
Martins Ferry, OH. 8,500’ of 20” for Mark West. Superintendent: Joe Zadra. Welder Foreman: Kevin Callahan. Working 6-10s. Approx. completion 6/17/17.
Pittsboro, IN. Take-up 27,000’ of 8” and replace with 12” for Vectren. Superintendent: Dusty Schaaf. Welder Foreman: Eric Haskins. Working 6-10s. Approx. completion 8/15/17.
Danville, IN. 12” meter station of 42” mainline for Tall Grass. Superintendent: Kerry Schott. Welder Foreman: Stan Veckman. Working 6-10s. Approx. completion 7/1/17.
Six Lakes, MI. 4” retire well head valves plus cut and cap flow line for Mich-Con. Superintendent: George Lewis. Welder Foreman: Danny Fate. Working 5-10s. Job complete.
Columbus, MI. 40’ of 6” integrity digs for Buckeye Partners. Superintendent: Justin Robinet. Welder Foreman: Daniel Barcow. Working 5-10s. Job complete.
St. Ignace, MI. Line 5 hydrotest 8 miles of 20” for Enbridge. Superintendent: Orvin Haugen. Welder Foreman: Pat Deboer. Working 6-10s. Approx. comple- tion 6/30/17.
Blanket integrity and maintenance work for BP Pipeline in various locations. Superintendent: Nate Rickard. Welder Foreman: Bob Humphrey. Working 5-8s. Approx. completion 12/31/17.
Rochester Hills, MI. Replace 240’ of 36” for Consumers Energy. Superintendent: Phil Randall. Welder Foreman: Garrett Roquet. Working 6-10s. Job complete.
Mt. Morris, MI. Construction removal of 12” and installation of 98,831’ of 24” for Consumers Energy. Superintendent: Jeff Sanderson. Welder Foreman: Joe Norris. Working 6-10s. Approx. completion 9/21/17.
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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!
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.
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.
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.