March is here! I sincerely hope I am sending out Welders, Journeymen and Helpers in large numbers soon after you get this report. We have no guarantees at this point, but it appears permitting jobs may get easier. Job notifications, followed by Pre-Jobs, will be flowing into the dispatch office soon.
Until then, take time to take care of the details concerning you.
Your phone number. Make sure it is correct and you have a second number on file so we can call and leave a message if your first number is in a bad service area or damaged.
E-Mail address. Get one. Make sure you have it on file here in our office. Make sure to write the password down somewhere you can always find it.
Make sure you are on the wheel. Check and double check to make sure. Know where you are on the wheel. I will be calling off the top. Don’t let me sneak up on you unprepared. It would be better to find and take a job before getting into a desperate situation where you must take whatever job I have available that day.
Place your name back on the wheel within five days any time you are laid off or terminated, regardless of the cause. If you have not exceeded your allotted hours, you could possibly return to your original Out-of-Work Date which would be much lower on the wheel when you return.
Read the Dispatch Policy. Understand how the hours are calculated. When you start a new Out-of-Work Date you are allowed 300 hours on National Pipeline Agreement work. We usually refer to this work as “high scale.” If you go to work on a new Out-of-Work Date and work high scale for 299 hours, and are then laid off, run off for bad welds, or miss a test, you will retain your original Out-of-Work position. If you work 300 hours, you will start over with a new Out-of-Work Date. We count all hours that benefits are paid on, regardless of the UA local you are working in.
Hours are combined if you work high scale on one job, say 200 hours, then are laid off and go back to work. The hours follow you and add up. If you go out on a new Out-of-Work Date and end up working only Intermediate or Special Agreement low scale, then you could work up to 599 hours, get laid off, and still be at your original Out-of-Work Date. If you reach 600 hours, and are then laid off, you will start at the bottom with a new Out-of-Work Date.
Here is another scenario. If you go to work and you work 200 hours high scale, get laid off, get back on the wheel and go to work on anything less than high scale, then you are allowed a combination of 449 before losing your position.
In closing, I want to wish everyone a great work season. It looks very promising. Get ready for it. Be prepared to work as long as this boom holds out. Thank God, our future looks so bright the next few years.
Out-of-Work Roster Voice Mail (918) 663-3200
Position on Out-of-Work List (918) 610-2746
Jobline (918) 610-2745
Numbers on the wheel as of this writing:
MORE 798 STORIES
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.