I hope everyone has prepared to attend this year’s Steward School. It will be a week packed with activities! We start with the Charity Golf Tournament and the Lincoln Electric BBQ. There will be lots of guest speakers in the main sessions, and we will be going over the contract to help our membership understand it. The Ladies of 798 annual basket auction and the Retirees Banquet are always special events to attend. Miller Electric will host a crawfish and shrimp boil at noon Friday, and then we will end with the April Regular Membership Meeting on Friday night. There will be lots of fun and fellowship, plus education and a perfect opportunity to catch up with old friends while making new ones.
At the time of this writing the 48-inch Associated job is just about in full force. So far, they have scanned well over 200 48-inch heavy-wall-welds with only one blemish. This shows how we are going to prevail, by showing up every day, and doing what we do best. Good job! Ya’ll are off to a great start!
Spectra Energy has awarded Strike 168 miles of 48-inch heavy-wall that goes from Corpus Christi to Brownsville. It blows my mind how a company like Spectra could even consider a company like Strike to build a pipeline of that magnitude. They are running procedures at CRC and have already had their share of problems. We did not have a single contractor on their bid list. If you get caught down there helping Strike on this project, it doesn’t matter whether you are UA, Operator, Laborer or Teamster, you might as well stay with them, because you will not work on any more Union projects. If you get hired out inspecting on this project, please contact me.
If you are not working right now and your skill sets are a little rusty, this is the perfect time for you to go to Tulsa and take advantage of your Training Center. You have the best instructors in the world. It looks like this is the calm before the storm so take advantage and upgrade your skills. If I can be of assistance to anyone, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
Sinton, TX. 21.6 miles of 48” and 2.7 miles of 36” Mainline for Cheniere Energy. Superintendent: Byron Johnson. Welder Foreman: Charles Beddingfield. Working 6-10s, Mainline rates. Completion 6-11-17.
Houston, TX. CRC. Finish 36” weld procedures for Nexus Project. Superintendent: Charles Kervin. Welder Foreman: Carl Overstreet. Working 6-10s, Ohio scale. Started 2-13-17. Completion 2-18-17.
Houston, TX. CRC. Run 42” & 36” weld procedures for ETC “Rover Project.” Superintendent: Guy Williams. Welder Foreman: Buster Chapman. Working 6-10s, Ohio scale. Started 1-4-17. Completion 2-18-17.
-Houston, TX. CRC. Run 42” & 36” weld procedures for ETC “Rover Project.” Superintendent: Wayne Fontenot. Welder Foreman: Heath Cowan. Working 6-10s, Ohio scale. Started 1-4-17. Job is complete.
-Houston, TX. CRC. Run 12” weld procedures for Southern Company, job is in AL. Superintendent: Dana Bratcher. Welder Foreman/Steward: Scotty Jackson. Working 6-10s. Started 1-9-17. Job is complete.
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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.