342 Pipeline News
The pipeline work for Local 342 has finally started picking up. We currently have members working for ARB in several locations throughout the Bay Area, Barnard in Sacramento and Roseville, Michels in San Pablo, Marysville and Platina, Snelson in Mountain View, and Underground in the East Bay as well as in Marin County.
There are more jobs starting up soon, so make sure you notify the business office if you are interested in pipeline work. Please contact me at (925) 686-5880 if you would like to sign-up for Veriforce training.
I would like to to give a shout out to all the members who have been going out to the pipeline school to get their skills upgraded for PG&E weld tests. These members have been working hard to make themselves more valuable members, by giving up their weekends to prepare. Also, without the hard work and dedication of the instructors, Tony Cuellar and Russell Werner, the school would not be moving forward. Finally, I want to thank the other members who have donated their time to help the welders, assist the instructors, and represent Local 342 at the school. I can’t forget the contractors for loaning tools and donating materials to the school either. We have pipe of almost every size for our welders to practice on. The cost of this material, alone, is staggering. I cannot say enough thanks to our signatory contractors, both pipeline and building trades for their selfless contributions to the school. ACCO, ARB, Marelich, Michels, Shambaugh, Snelson, Southland, Underground, and many others have helped to keep the costs of the school at a minimum for materials.
In closing, I would like to acknowledge the members of Local 342 for giving me the chance to keep our pipeline work heading in the right direction. I wake up every day excited about the task in front of me and it is my true desire to help each and every one who wants to work on pipelines be prosperous, safe, and successful.
05/2014 Pipeline Report - by Mike Mikich
Dear Brothers and Sisters:
I'm sorry I could not be there to attend April's union meeting, but I have some exciting news that I would like to share with you all. I have been invited by General President, Bill Hite, to work for the United Association as a Special Representative of Pipeline Gas Transmission and Distribution. I have accepted this new position and, as a result, I am announcing my resig-nation from my position as Business Agent and Trustee with Local 342 and Local 342’s Board of Trust effective April 30, 2014.
As a Local 342 member, I am honored for this opportunity to work for the United Association. It has been an honor and a privilege to represent the members of Local 342 for the past few years as well as working beside you for so many years before. I promise I will make you proud in my new position and will give 100% in everything I do.
I would like to thank the membership for supporting me over the past 22 years with everything I have been elected to, including: Examining Board, Finance Committee, Executive Board, Business Agent, as well as California State Pipe Trades and UA Convention Delegate. Your support has been overwhelming and words can't express how that makes me feel.
With much appreciation, I would like to thank Mike Hernandez for all the support he has given me over the past few years and for the support he has given to the pipeline side of Local 342. Mike has done a great job and it has been an honor to work for him. The agents who represent UA Local 342 are some of the hardest working men I have known. I looked forward to going to work every day and not everybody can say that. I was blessed to work with such a good group of men and hope the membership will continue to support them.
In closing I will never forget where I came from, I will always speak highly of Local 342 and I will always stay true to UA Local 342.
Your Brother, Mike Mikich
01/2014 Pipeline Report - by Mike Mikich
Happy New Year! The pipeline work in Local 342 is continuing to slow down. Most of the PG&E projects are finishing up, but there are some California Shortline (CSL) jobs starting now and in the near future. WA Rasic and ARB currently have a few jobs going for Kinder Morgan, Chevron, and Phillips 66. The work for Kinder Morgan should continue through the wintertime and the Chevron and Phillips 66 job(s) should last for a few more weeks.
This year’s performance on the PG&E work was a great success. The safety records for all of the contractors were almost flawless. There were just a few incidents this year that raised some concerns, but with the amount of hours worked by the contractors and PG&E, all parties were extremely happy. After making over 10,000 welds, the combined total weld repair rate between the contractors and PG&E was 1.04%. This is a phenomenal rate considering the 100% X-ray and most of the welds are tie-in welds.
We would like to thank Pierre Bigras for getting the team together and helping Local 342 put together an informational session on all aspects of the welding procedures & tie-in procedures that PG&E has in place. We had 178 in attendance for a Q&A session to help provide procedural clarity. We plan on having more of these Q&A sessions in the future and hope everyone will do their best to attend these meetings in order to receive the updated information.
Local 342 is also hosting a pipeline steward school for the California Shortline Agreement; which will be held January 11, 2014, in Local 342's Auditorium. All member are welcome to attend. The class will begin at 8:00 am and will last between 6-8 hours. Please contact Mike Mikich if you would like more information.
The pipeline school is open and doing well. We have Tony Cuellar and welding instructor, Robbie Nash, at the school five days a week (Tuesday through Saturday) from 7:00 am to 3:00 pm. We added a covered weld bay for welding in inclement weather and have also been working hard to get the hydrostatic testing hands-on training portion put together. We will keep you posted on the Local 342 website (www.ua342.com).
by Mike Mikich
by Mike Mikich
Most of the welding procedure work is completed with just a few more to go. We would like to thank all of the members who worked on these procedures and those of you still working on this project. We have completed over 85 procedures so far with great success!
We are proud to announce that 18 Local 342 Welders who participated in our Pipeline School have passed the PG&E weld test and are now welding and/or will be able to work on future PG&E projects.