I have just returned home after attending the December membership and staff meetings. Congratulations to all the officers that were reelected and the newly elected ones. If you ran and did not get elected, hold your head up high. Members like you are the reason we have a great local union. You show up, participate, attend the meetings, and are the back bone of this organization. For unions to survive, there must be participation in union elections, activities and meetings.
Danny and Wade have done a great job putting together a program that entails turning all 798 members and their families into advocates for our pipeline work in the future. It will be called “PIPELINERS ACTION PAGE.” This should be completed in January. It is very important that every member, your families and friends participate. Our leadership has gone to great extremes to try to ensure we all have a bright future, so we too can live the American Dream and be able to retire and keep drawing our pension for decades to come. “IT IS UP TO EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU TO STEP UP AND DO YOUR PART” just as we all did on the welding rigs.
Danny reported on the work outlook at the December meeting, and it looks very bright for the next few years. We just completed procedures for several large proj- ects in Charlie, Rick and David’s areas. Associated Pipeline picked up 24 miles of 48-inch heavy wall near Corpus Christi, TX. The procedures have been completed, and the start date will be approximately mid-January.
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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!
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.
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.
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.