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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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Bluelight Report Northeast - September / October

2018 is shaping up to be a historic year. The MXP, MVP and ACP make up 21 large diameter spreads located throughout WV and VA. We currently have 3,592 UA members working in the Northeast jurisdiction. Times like these may never be seen again.

I hope everyone enjoys it and understands that it’s not always going to be like this. There are booms and busts in this industry, and I would urge everyone to be prepared for both.

I am still pre-jobbing a lot of small work that is tough to man. I am grateful to those of you who have helped me man this type of work. Some of these jobs are not full-scale because the contractors are going up against non-union bidders that don’t pay benefits. I commend those members for sticking it out on the less than full-scale jobs, so we can continue to compete in a challenging market. You folks are definitely not going unnoticed.

This business isn’t always just about the money. There’s a bigger picture out there that not all of us can see. There will come a day when we will say low-scale is better than no-scale. If you have never experienced those days and have only seen prosperity, then I know it’s tough for you understand. I remember working as a Helper for $13.00 an hour and no per diem. Older members can remember the scale being far less than that and were proud to have it because that’s the only UNION work that was available.

The abundance of work has spoiled us somewhat. I am seeing quite a few folks who seem to think they should get something for nothing. This Local was founded on the concept of production and the idea of a day’s work for a day’s pay. In this industry, the only commodity we have to sell is our labor. It’s easy to get away from this concept when times are like this, but it’s something that we should never forget. I hope everyone stays safe this year and respects the terrain where they are working.  Whenever the pre-jobbing slows down I will be making job visits, and I look forward to seeing many of you soon.

Pre-Jobs:

Price Gregory:

-Clarksburg, WV. 17.2 miles of 42” for ACP (Spread 1-1). Superintendent: Russell York. Welder Foreman: Jeff Doyle. Mainline rates. Working 6-10s.

- Moundsville, WV. 4.74 miles of dual 24”. Superintendent: Tommy Hardwick. Welder Foreman: Billy Clendening. Mainline rates. Working 6-10s.

Rockford:

- Huttonsville, WV. 10 miles of 42” for ACP Spread 2A. Superintendent: Cole Henson. Temporary Welder Foreman: Shelton Kelsey. Permanent Welder Foreman: Marty Elliot. Mainline rates. Working 6-10s.

U.S. Pipeline:

- Marlinton, WV. 17.8 miles of 42” for ACP Spread 3A. 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.