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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 Texas - September / October

Right now, it looks like the work is wide open, and I hope everyone is working as safely as possible.  We are organizing a lot of new members.  It is everyone’s responsibility and obligation as a union member to teach our new Brothers and Sisters how we work and act, on and off the ROW. Help them out if they are struggling and demonstrate to them our etiquette.

These men and women have made the choice to leave the non-union and become a union member in order to have a better life for themselves and their families.  Our ways are different to them; for some it’s like starting all over again. Every one of us took the same oath when we joined.  No one was born a union member. It is not mandatory that we organize, but it is a matter of existence. If you know of any good pipeline welders, please have them call a 798 Organizer or a 798 Business Agent.  Let’s get them in Local 798 where they belong.

There are rumors floating around that we have work in Texas.  So far, it is just rumors. I keep hearing we will pick up some work, but most likely it will be this winter. If the oil and gas companies keep looking at the bottom dollar, it is going to be tough to get work in this cheap environment.

I am looking forward to seeing everyone who can make it to Tulsa for the September meeting.  If I can be of assistance to anyone, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Pre-Jobs:

Geeding Construction:

Sour Lake, TX. 12” fabrication for TransCanada. This job is complete.

Nederland, TX. 12” pipe supports & installation for Trans Canada. Job started 7-11-18. This job is complete.

US Pipeline:

CRC Houston, TX. Run 36” mechanized weld procedures for Enbridge (Line 3 replacement). Superintendent: Dana Bratcher. Welder Foreman: Scotty Jackson. Job Started 6-18-18. This job is complete.

 

MORE 798 STORIES

  • 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.