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Blue Light Report - November / December 2019

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!

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Blue Light Report Northeast - January / February

By the time you read this report, 2018 will be a memory, and we will turn our focus towards the 2019 Pipeline Season. 2018 was a year for the record books in the Northeast.

During the peak, we had 21 mainline spreads, between 80 to 90 active pre-jobs and 3,600 UA members working in the jurisdiction. I appreciate the stewards, Welder Foremen, and membership for manning this work despite environmental shutdowns and rainouts. 2018 was an abnormally wet summer in WV and VA. The rainouts and shutdowns are not ideal when working away from home, but a rainout adds another day to the job each time it happens. The environmental regulations can also be viewed positively because they stagger the work and make the jobs last.

 

2019 looks to be just as strong as 2018. EQT’s MVP has quite a bit of work to do and with a 4th quarter 2019 tie-in date. Dominion’s ACP is a 17 spread project and I only know of four spreads that are currently pre-jobbed. TransCanada’s MXP should be done after the first of the year, and everyone is working hard to get the gas flowing as soon as possible. I recently visited three spreads on MXP with TransCanada’s Director of Safety and Quality over US Gas Projects Ken Murchie. TransCanada officials praised Local 798’s safety record on the project and said it was one of the best safety records they had seen on a project of that magnitude. It’s good to see the client recognizing our hard work and our commitment to safety.

 

The hiring has slowed to a crawl during the holiday season. Work should slowly get moving after the New Year. Once tree clearing begins, we will be able to see how the work year is going to play out.

 

I look forward to another busy year, and I hope everyone remains focused on safely working in dangerous terrain. I hope 2019 finds you well and everyone had time to be with loved ones during the holiday season.

 

Pre-Jobs:

 

Apex Pipeline Services:

-Wheeling, WV. 6.5 miles of 16” and under 1 mile of 12” and 10” steel. Superintendent: Cecil Hill. Welder Foreman: Charlie Thomas. Mainline rates. Working 5-10s.

-Glen Dale, WV. 5 miles of 20” steel. Superintendent: Roman McKown. Welder Foreman: Josey Kirk. Mainline rates. Working 5-10s.

Otis Eastern:

-Woodbine, MD. 3,500’ of 26” installation (HDD and tie-ins). Superintendent: Billy Neidermaier. Welder Foreman: Scott Watkins. Mainline rates. Working 6-10s.

Precision:

-Mechanicsburg, PA. 20 - 20” welds in various PA counties and 47 miles of 20” dry, purge and pack (ME 2). Superintendent: Chad Ward. Welder Foreman: Andy Hunt. Mainline rates. Working 6-10s.

-Washington, PA. 47 - 20” welds in two PA counties and 51 miles of 20” dry, purge and pack (ME 2). Superintendent: Jason Smyser. Welder Foreman: Buck Phelan. Mainline rates. Working 6-10s.

U.S. Pipeline:

-Winfield, WV. Tie-in support to MXP Spread 8. Superintendent: Jason West. Welder Foreman: Heath Cowan. Mainline rates. Working 6-10s.

 

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  • Blue Light Report - November / December 2019
    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! 
  • Blue Light Report 2 - November / December 2019
    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.
  • Blue Light Report Dispatch - November / December 2019
    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.
  • Blue Light Report Organizer Update - November / December 2019
    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.