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Blue Light Report - March / April 2019

We recently finished the 3% allocation that you will receive on June 3, 2019, under the National Pipeline Agreement. All classifications have allocated 30 cents towards healthcare and the remainder of the raise will be put on your 401(k) benefit contribution. Currently, welders and journeymen on high scale work receive $6.89 per hour and helpers receive $3.48 per hour. With the additional monies, welders and journeymen will receive $9.30 per hour on 401(k) and helpers will receive $4.68 per hour on 401(k).

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**Project Update: Enbridge announced in Spring 2019 that the project is expected to enter service in the second half of 2020, about a year after originally planned. Construction is reportedly being delayed because the Minnesota permitting process won’t be complete until November, and the ensuing federal permits won’t be received until as long as 60 days after that. Entering this new stage of the permitting process, Enbridge needs critical state permits, as well as a water-crossing permit from the Army Corps of Engineers.**

The Line 3 Replacement (L3R) Program is the largest project in Enbridge history and one of the most comprehensive infrastructure proposals in North America. The 36-inch diameter pipeline will run from Hardisty, Alberta to Superior, Wisconsin, replacing the existing 34-inch diameter pipeline along most of the current Line 3 route. This $7.5 billion private investment will reduce future maintenance activities, minimize disruptions to the environment and restore the historical operating capabilities of Line 3. 

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