I am writing this report from home. The work, as you know, is great. We are having a hard time filling some of these jobs, so I encourage you, if you aren’t already working, to apply for jobs on the Job Line. We need everyone’s help in manning these jobs because if we don’t man the work, the non-union will. Let’s not let the non-union get any stronger than they already are. The work in my area is manned up for now, but I am still sending in a few hands on the special agreement work.
I want to thank everyone for the good job they are doing. This work season is just now coming in and most are working or have been offered work. We still have a lot of work to do this year and several large projects coming up for 2018. I have a few larger projects that should be coming up for bids in late June and July.
I am looking forward to seeing you in the field soon. I hope everyone has a safe and prosperous year. We are now working under our new agreement so be sure to read it because there are a few changes. It is everyone’s job to make sure our work is protected and our agreement is followed.
Goodlettsville, TN. 9,123’ of 12’. Welder Foreman: Frankie Wilbanks. Superintendent: Matthew Himschoot. Working 6-10s. Special Agreement. Approx. completion 8-1-17.
Forrest City, NC. Various Fabrication and Station work. Welder Foreman: Marty Garrison. Superintendent: Thomas Born. Working 6-10s. Special Agreement. Approx. completion 6-2-17.
Alexandria, KY. 8.3 miles of 24” Deactivation. Welder Foreman: Randy Wyatt. Superintendent: Ralph Pfister. Working 5-8s. Maintenance. Approx. completion 6-30-17.
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We recently finished the 3% allocation that you will receive on June 3, 2019, under the National Pipeline Agreement. All classifications have allocated 30 cents towards healthcare and the remainder of the raise will be put on your 401(k) benefit contribution. Currently, welders and journeymen on high scale work receive $6.89 per hour and helpers receive $3.48 per hour. With the additional monies, welders and journeymen will receive $9.30 per hour on 401(k) and helpers will receive $4.68 per hour on 401(k).
We recently held our regular January Membership Meeting here in Tulsa, and I am proud to say that we had well over 300 members in attendance. This was a great turnout for January, with many entering their Union Hall in Tulsa for the very first time. It’s always good to see so many members come to take part in the direction of this Local Union.
“The unsuccessful person is burdened by learning and prefers to walk down familiar paths. Their distaste for learning stunts their growth and limits their influence.” - John C. Maxwell
PIBF at Steward School PIBF’s presentation Thursday afternoon at Steward School will include guest speakers from the Trust Company of Oklahoma who will cover helpful information on our 401(k) plan, along with guidance on Medicare and Social Security. A representative from Cooper Clinic will also discuss the special pricing available to the membership for their preventative medicine program. As in the past, the PIBF staff will be available throughout the Steward School for member questions.