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Blue Light Report - July / August 2019

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Like many of you, I am also disappointed in the many projects that have been stalled or delayed. All the more reason we must continue to be vigilant in our efforts to advocate. Sadly, only about 50% of our members are actively engaged on our Action Network.

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Blue Light Report Texas - January / February

I hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas and enjoyed your holiday seasons. I recently attended a Southwest Pipe Trades Association meeting at the UA headquarters in Annapolis, MD. The meeting participants were from the UA Local Unions in OK, TX, and NM. This was a very educational and productive meeting.

The speaker lineup started with Jim Moss who did a great job as always.  The rest of the UA speakers were outstanding also.  I thank General President McManus, his Officers, and Staff for allowing the SWPTA to meet at the UA headquarters and for the hospitality. Additional thanks to SWPTA President Craig Berendzen (Business Manager of Local 100), and our two International Representatives, Darren Jones, and Corby Shelton, for all their hard work to make this happen. The United Association is clearly headed in the right direction!

Since the last Blue Light Report, I have attended several meetings in Houston. David Barnett, Danny, and I attended the PLCA Safety & Quality Conference. This very informative meeting included our PLCA contractors, oil and gas company representatives, and labor unions. The main topics were safety and quality. We also attended the Pipeline Leadership Conference. There were numerous panel discussions on relevant topics including training, management, generation gaps, and future challenges the industry faces. UA Director of Pipeline and Gas Distribution David Barnett was part of a panel that consisted of the four union crafts and Tribal Nations. Justin Wallace and I, as well and all the attendees witnessed Danny and David signing the Memorandum of Understanding with the Sac and Fox Nation.

As for the work outlook here in Texas, we have had numerous discussions about the abundance of large diameter pipelines going out for bid in the next three years and what it will take to be competitive here.

I wish everyone a Happy New Year!  Please be safe and stay healthy. If I can be of assistance to anyone, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

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  • Blue Light Report - July / August 2019
    Dear Brothers and Sisters, Like many of you, I am also disappointed in the many projects that have been stalled or delayed. All the more reason we must continue to be vigilant in our efforts to advocate. Sadly, only about 50% of our members are actively engaged on our Action Network.
  • Blue Light Report 2 - July / August 2019
    Brothers and Sisters, I hope this report finds each of you healthy and in good spirits. This year has obviously started out much slower than the last two. Through the month of May, we are well behind 2017 and 2018 man-hours, but we are still ahead of 2015 and 2016, which ended up being 6.8 million and 7.5 million man-hour years.
  • Blue Light Report Dispatch - July / August 2019
    The pipeline hours are slower than in 2017 and 2018, but we are still ahead of 2015 and 2016, so work is not quite as slow as it may seem. We are not having a record year as we have had previously (that goal is unreasonable), but work is picking up.  We have already needed to PPC-11 a nonbook to an Intermediate job in the Dakotas.
  • Blue Light Report Benefits Update - July / August 2019
    401(k) Distributions We are currently experiencing an unusually high volume of 401(k) calls and distribution applications. Please know that messages received by the Fund office will be returned and we are working to process the distribution applications in a timely manner.