I am proud to report that 798 stood union strong in Kenton, Ohio, at the ESS Action Protest on February 2. We had close to 100 in attendance. Thank you to all the members who made the trip and braved the cold. Thank you to Danny and Wade as well for the support and assistance with notifying members. The call blasts and our new action page website (www.action.local798.org) really spread the word in a hurry. Your participation impacts the effectiveness of our message against non-union labor and securing our future work. Remember, there is strength in numbers and together we can accomplish so much more.
Steward School is another opportunity for membership participation and to positively impact our union reputation. Steward School attendance provides a solid foundation of contract interpretations and job responsibilities. This annual meeting is beneficial for everyone, but essential for pipemen, welder foremen, and stewards. Jobs run much smoother if we are all on the same page, which conveys professionalism to contractors and gas companies. Send in your registration and plan for great fellowship, informative sessions, social events, and the charity basket auction. The computer class on Tuesday, April 11, also provides clarification and one-on-one instruction for the required weekly Steward Reports. This class is for all levels of computer skills. Whether this is your first time as a Steward, you hope to be a Steward in the future, or you are a Steward who needs to review and learn the updates, don’t miss this class.
Finally, I know many of you are anxious to start earning your 2017 man hours. The work in my area has started to thaw with several smaller projects scheduled to kick off in March. FERC has been quite busy with approval of the LEACH, NEXUS, and ROVER. No job notifications yet, but I anticipate something in the next few months. All the letters, calls, and township meetings have really paid off. We need to continue using these tools in support of all pipeline projects. If you haven’t already signed up for the new pipeliners’ action page, please do. I’ll see you at Steward School.
-Canton, OH. 6,185’ of 20” replacement in Stark County, OH for Dominion East Ohio. Superintendent: Jeff Smith. Welder Foreman: Dave Kandle. Working 5-10s. Approx. completion 4/21/17.
-Akron, OH. 1,100’ of 8” replacement in Portage County, OH for Dominion East Ohio. Superintendent: Jeff Smith. Welder Foreman: Mike Albrecht. Working 5-10s. Approx. completion 5/1/17.
Hopedale, OH. 6,400’ of 20” and 1,200’ of 10” new lay for Mark West. Welder Foreman: Jason Pitts. Working 6-10s. Approx. completion 3/18/17.
Maumee, OH. Install 10” meter skidded with 24” launcher for Energy Transfer Panhandle Eastern. Superintendent: Jim Shepler. Welder Foreman: Layne Richard. Working 6-10s. Approx. completion 2/15/17.
-Emergency call-out and maintenance blanket updates for Marathon. Approx. completion 6/4/17.
-Lima, OH. 2” thru 12” mainline pump station in Allen County, OH for Marathon Petroleum Company. Superintendent: Matt Hill. Welder Foreman: Roger Myers. Working 4-10s and 1-8. Approx. completion 4/1/17.
Lima, OH. 150’ of 10” bolt-up in Allen County, OH for Marathon. Superintendent: Joe Pennington. Welder Foreman: Ryan Usry. Working 6-10s. Job complete.
Hillard, OH. 2,000’ of 6” reroute and bore in Union and Mason Counties, OH. Superintendent: Jason Bruno. Welder Foreman: Michael Johnson. Working 6-10s. Approx. completion 3/8/17.
Henkels and McCoy:
Wakeman, OH. Maintenance and anomaly investigation blanket work in various locations in OH, MI, and PA for Buckeye Partners. Superintendent: J.C. Croft. Welder Foreman: Andy Anderson. Working 5-10s. Approx. completion 6/4/17.
-Dover, OH. 8,100’ of 12” new lay plus fabrication for Mark West. Superintendent: Joe Zadra. Welder Foreman: Matt Ward. Working 6-10s. Approx. completion 2/28/17.
-Emergency call-out and maintenance blanket updates for Dominion and Mark West. Approx. completion 6/4/17.
-Dover, OH. Pre-fabrication for station for Energy Transfer. Superintendent: Gary Hawke. Welder Foreman: Aaron Schrontz. Working 5-10s. Approx. completion 3/25/17.
-Emergency call-out and maintenance blanket updates for Dominion, Mark West, Columbia Gas, Vectren and EQT. Approx. completion 6/4/17.
Middletown, OH. Install One 10” flange in Butler County, OH for Spectra Energy. Superintendent: Skip Holley. Welder Foreman: Glenn Nichols. Working 6-10s. Job complete.
Brownstown, MI. Inspection digs in Wayne and Monroe Counties, MI for Buckeye Pipeline. Superintendent: Bill Ekleberry. Welder Foreman: Roger Williams. Working 6-10s. Job complete.
Fairpoint, OH. 6” meter station in Belmont County, OH for Blue Racer Midstream. Superintendent: John Fitzwater. Welder Foreman: Ryan West. Working 5-10s. Job complete.
Battle Creek, MI. One 8” emergency dig for Panhandle Eastern Pipeline Company. Superintendent: Craig Scully. Welder Foreman: Keith Kongsjord. Working 6-10s. Job complete.
Various locations in IN, MI, OH, PA. Integrity and maintenance blanket work for Buckeye. Superintendent: Bobby Westrater. Welder Foreman: Brian Boyett. Working 5-10s. Approx. completion 6/4/17.
-Freeport, OH. Assist nitrogen test and Two 12” tie-ins for Mark West. Superintendent: Rich Grasselli. Welder Foreman: Willard Watson. Working 5-10s. Job complete.
-Martins Ferry, OH. 21, 395’ of 20” new lay in Belmont County, OH for Mark West. Superintendent: Harry Rogers. Welder Foreman: Willard Watson. Working 6-10s. Approx. completion 5/1/17.
Various locations in IA, IN, MI, OH. Integrity and maintenance blanket work for BP Pipelines US. Superintendent: Nate Rickard. Welder Foreman: Bob Humphrey. Working 5-8s. Approx. completion 6/4/17.
Hubbard, OH. Blanket shop station fabrication for various gas companies. Superintendent: John Telesz. Welder Foreman: David Vasconi. Working 6-10s. Approx. completion 4/30/17.
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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.