The work in my area is still slow, with some Integrity Maintenance work starting to open in North Dakota and Minnesota. The month of June will be busy for me, going to the town hall meetings in Nebraska to support the Keystone XL Pipeline. This battle has been going on since 2010 when we started attending these meetings. Now it’s round two with new leadership in Washington, DC, that supports oil and gas projects. I feel that the KXL will go next year with some Station Work possibly in late 2017.
The next project is the Enbridge Line # 3 Replacement in Minnesota. There will be around 22 town hall meetings during the month of June scattered across Minnesota. I will be at most of these and would invite anyone to come to support these projects. If you are working and cannot make a meeting, ask your family members to try and attend. Also, you and your family members should join the American Pipeline Action Network. Once you’ve registered on the Action Network, the hard part is done. Then all you have to do to get involved is click and sign the petitions that are sent to the politicians in your area. This is an easy way to get involved with helping your Local fight for the permits on future pipeline jobs. There is power in big groups of concerned citizens putting pressure on the people in Washington who make these decisions. You don’t have to be a union member to show support.
Local 798 members, you should be maxing out your 2,200 hours this year to gain the two retirement credits. What a great way to build your retirement. The north- eastern states are booming with several good jobs that will last all work season. We need to take advantage of these job opportunities while we have them. I think this boom will go through 2018 with the projected work on the books. This is an exciting time to be a 798 Pipeliner so take advantage of these times while they’re here. And always, work safe.
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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.