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.
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.
-Woodbine, MD. 3,500’ of 26” installation (HDD and tie-ins). Superintendent: Billy Neidermaier. Welder Foreman: Scott Watkins. Mainline rates. Working 6-10s.
-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.
-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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The 2019 Steward School has just concluded, and what a great event it turned out to be. It is impossible to put into words all that transpired for the week, but I will try to give you a brief snapshot of what happened.
Steward School 2019 just wrapped up, and what a week it was! We had a great turnout, and it was good to see a lot of old friends and meet several new ones.
All is well for those who are ready to conduct their business like professionals. Coming by the work is not going to be as easy as last year. But there is work out there. Here in Dispatch, we are willing to do everything we can to help.
Revised PIBF SPD and Pension Statements Mailed to the Membership A revised Summary Plan Description (SPD) book and annual Pension Statements were mailed to the membership in March. The most current version of the SPD is always available on our website at www.pibf.org.