The work exploded April 10, 2017. We had the largest order EVER for one day. During my two years as Dispatcher, we’ve had 65, 73 or 80 dispatches to perform in a day. On April 10, 2017, we had orders for 150 people, approximately 50 welders and 100 helpers. It stayed at that volume for over a week. During the surge in 2008, we only had one or two days of 100 dispatches.
Dispatch Numbers Comparison
January 1 – June 6
January 31 – December 31
We dispatched 1,344 people in April, and 1,204 in May. I want to take this opportunity to thank Terry Langley, Jerry Ryan, Charles Yates, Jr., and David Butterworth, for coming into the Dispatch Office to help during this time of work overflow. And, we cannot go without mentioning Ronnie Hill and the Business Agents who have done everything they could to help. Also, we thank our Sister Locals who have lent us their hands so we could man our work.
Above all, the ladies in the Dispatch Office - Cathy Blackmore, Cynthia Martin, and Jennifer Sanders-Musick - have worked countless hours to help ensure our members go to work. They have worked 10, 12, and 13-hour days, six days a week. They are still working long hours, six days a week, to get everyone to the job and on time if possible. We cannot thank them enough for the dedication they have shown to this Local.
Justin Hornback, Organizer, is working in Dispatch to help us while we are dealing with this large load of work. We have also hired two more office professionals to help in Dispatch. So, along with the work increases, we are in the middle of training new hands. However, they are catching on quickly and are tremendous assets to the Dispatch Office now.
Also, to the members, who regardless of being tired from a long work winter, have loaded up and manned the work, THANK YOU!
The wheel is low with 220 Welders, 16 Journeymen, and 231 Helpers. Most of these people have only been on the wheel about a month. In closing, I want to thank you, the members, for the opportunity to serve you.
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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.