Brothers and Sisters, I hope everyone has had a good holiday season and is ready for the work year. I have pre-jobbed a few jobs in NC and have several good jobs coming up. It looks like we are going to have a great year. I encourage anyone needing to brush up on their welding skills to take advantage of the Training Center so you will be ready for this work season.
Steward School is not far off. Hopefully, a large number of you will be able to attend. Not only it is a great learning opportunity to better understand the agreement we work under, but there are also several fun activities. The Ladies of 798 Basket Auction is an exciting event that helps several charities. For those of you who like golf, the tournament is a fun event as well. I understand there will also be a sporting clay shoot for gun enthusiasts. The Lincoln BBQ will be on Tuesday, and the Miller Electric Crawfish Boil is on Friday.
The Family and Retiree Banquet on Thursday night, honoring members with 50 or more years of service, is an event everyone needs to make plans to attend. These retirees are the ones who helped shape our union and gave us the great, safe working conditions we enjoy today. Come and thank these retirees for their dedication to the life they have made for us.
I hope to see you at Steward School or out on the ROW this year. Thank you for all your hard work last year, and I hope everyone makes 2017 a great year.
-Creedmoor, NC. Various Maintenance. Welder Foreman: Doug Elliott. Superintendent: Victor Cardenas. Working 5-10s. Special Agreement. Approx. completion 12-31-17.
-Wilmington, NC. 6-8” Fabrication. Welder Foreman: Nathan Ferguson. Superintendent: Blake Friel. Working 6-10s. Special Agreement. Approx. completion 3-10-17.
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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.