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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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.
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.
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.
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.