342 Industrial News
UA 342 Industrial News
We’re committed
to keeping you informed

342 Industrial News

08/2014 Industrial Report

by George Kikes (eff 1/15/16) on 08/22/14

Things are still a bit slow on the industrial end, with 3 refinery projects still in various permitting stages:

·  The Chevron Renewal Project EIR is scheduled to go before the Richmond City Council.

·  The Phillips 66 EIR is in the hands of the Contra Costa Planning Commission.

·  The Shell Greenhouse Gas Project has just begun the permitting process and an EIR is upcoming.

With that being said, our members need to have current TWIC and RSO, BAT, or DSOP certifications to work in these facilities when work does break.  When you get these certifications, it is extremely important to register them with the Business Office for tracking purposes and ease in dispatching.


Many of our members have been asking about SB-54 and what it does for us.  SB-54 provides that prevailing wages be paid for the particular crafts, apprentices must be registered in an approved apprenticeship program, and by 2016 that 60% of a company’s Journeyman workforce must be graduates of an approved apprenticeship program. This does not apply to contracts awarded prior to January 1, 2014.

This phase-in period consists of the following percentages of journeymen per contractor: 30% by January 1, 2014; 45% by January 1, 2015; and 60% by January 1, 2016.

This bill addresses the work performed at refineries and imposes new duties upon local agencies for enforcement.

Hopefully, this clarifies any questions you may have. We will have copies of the bill at the front desk of the Business Office and at the Union Meeting.


Harder has 65 UA 342 members performing maintenance and small capital projects.  Manpower fluctuates as work goes. Goebel Mechanical has 22 UA 342 members performing various maintenance projects manpower fluctuates also. Newtron continues to employ 15 UA 342 members for upgrading and maintaining the instrumentation at the refinery. ARB has a tank job that is currently employing 10 members and is peaked out. PMI also has a tank job that has started and has peaked out at 8 UA 342 members.

Shell Crude Tank Project

PMI has peaked out at 39 UA 342 members and is going very well as the general contractor, Jacobs, is track-ing this job for production, safety, and over all performance. PMI is completing their contracted maintenance work and has 4 UA 342 members performing this. No new work has been awarded to them at this time. Contra Costa Electric has 1 342 member installing instruments when needed on the Crude Tank Replacement Project.  Their scope is not huge and will be able to man it in-house.

Phillips 66

PMI still has 12 Local 342 members performing maintenance and small capital projects. Manpower fluctuates as needed.  


Local 773 (Glenfalls, NY) They have a chip plant and are looking for orbital welders and tool hook-up/tubing benders.

Local 290 (Portland, OR) They have slowed down, but are still in need of orbital welders who can operate the 227-machine.

Sister Locals Around the Bay Area is still moderately slow, with some projects finally starting and putting their local hands to work first.  We have great relationships with our sister locals and I am sure they will reach out to us for manpower when it is needed. Please do not call these other locals as we work on an agent-to-agent basis. As always, we ask that you respect other locals as you would expect the same in ours.

05/2014 Industrial Report

by George Kikes (eff 1/15/16) on 08/22/14

I would like to remind members to update your TWIC and RSO, BATT, or DSOP cards and come in to register them at the front desk of the Business Office.  While there is not a lot of work right now, we are anticipating a large work load in the future.  Also, with the implementation of SB-54, many refineries are aware of the opportunities we, as organized labor, are going to have in performing more work in their facilities.  We want to be prepared to field any requests for manpower they may have. So be sure to give us your updated cards!


PMI has 10 Local 342 members on site.  This job will peak at approximately 40 UA members working 4-10s.


PMI has 8 Local 342 members working on a small capital project which was basically given to them after an outstanding performance on an earlier shutdown.  This is exactly what we need to do to show the refineries that we can work safely, efficiently, and without issues.


PMI still has 12 Local 342 members performing maintenance and capital projects as they arise.


Harder Mechanical has 65 Local 342 members onsite performing maintenance and various capital projects.  Again this is the most manpower we have had on Maintenance and it is due to our members performing at the level that has made us what we are, true piping professionals, the best in the world.

Contra Costa Electric completed their portion of a turnaround with success.  Thanks to all who made this happen. 

Newtron continues to employ 11 Local 342 members on Instrument Main-tenance and upgrades thoughout the refinery.

ARB has 6 Local 342 members working on a tank piping job and will peak at 10 UA members.

PMI picked up a tank piping job right above the previously mentioned one, but has not informed us of the manpower needs as of yet.


Goebel Mechanical, a newly signed contractor, has a tug fueling piping job and will employ approximately 6-8 members.


Portland, Oregon – Local 290 is still accepting travel cards and is in the process of ramping up at their Intel Project.

There are other opportunities around the country for UA members, but the majority of calls are for combination welders and very few for pipefitters.


03/2014 Industrial Report

by George Kikes (eff 1/15/16) on 08/22/14

Shell Turnaround

PMI has 30 Local 342 hands finishing up and should be done this week. There were very difficult circumstances to work under. Non-Union had the majority of the shutdown, but Shell is looking at all aspects of the work (i.e. absenteeism, pro-duction, quality, compat-ability with others, etc.). Hopefully, Shell was imp-ressed enough to feed some more work our way.

Shell Crude Tank Project

PMI has 8 Local 342 members currently on site.  Material issues have PMI’s hands tied as to when they can man-up. This job will peak at approximately 40 UA members working 4-10s. Contra Costa Electric has the E&I package, but is nowhere close to putting anyone on.


Harder has 50 Local 342 members onsite and is hiring up a few more for the shutdown and various maintenance projects being thrown their way. Newtron has 15 Local 342 members working with Chevron on maintenance troubleshooting and upgrades to their system. Contra Costa Electric has 6 Instrument Techs working a turnaround.

Phillips 66

PMI has 6 Local 342 members performing ongoing maintenance on this site.  Contra Costa Electric has 2 members on E&I main-tenance.


Local 290 (Portland, OR) They are still taking travel cards for an expected ramp up at the end of the month.

Local 150 (Augusta, GA) They are in need of welders for various projects. The wage rate is $28.02/hr. No felonies, probation, or parole.

Local 760 (Muscle Shoals, AL) They are currently hiring welders for 7-12s. The wage rate is $28.01/hr.


Oakley Generating Station: The 1st District Court of Appeals rules that the PUC’s decision to approve the plant was not supported by substantial evidence. PG&E vows to continue to pursue.

WesPac Pittsburg:  The City of Pittsburg is recirculating the EIR which addresses an 11 page letter from the Attorney General’s office. WesPac is looking at options on how to proceed.

Phillips 66 LPG ProjectThe Contra Costa Board of Supervisors put off a decision until their April 1st meeting so that the County can gather more information satisfying BAAQMD.  If this job goes and gets approval, it could get going  some time in late summer/early fall with up to 100 UA hands.

Chevron RenewalThis project will not happen until City Council changes are made. We are talking with Chevron and the Building Trades Council to get more work on Maintenance and Turnaround with implementation of SB-54.

Tesoro RefineryWe met with Cherne in late February to discuss a possible wharf project for some time next year at the Tesoro Refinery.




01/2014 Industrial Report

by George Kikes (eff 1/15/16) on 01/17/14

Industrial Work has picked up in the refineries.  Remember, to work in any of these facilities you need to have a current TWIC card plus a current BATT, RSO, or DSOP card.  Safety toe boots are now required in all refineries.  We still have a need to have our members acquire the necessary cards and bring them to the office to be recorded into the 342 database.

Have a wonderful and safe holiday season! We would like to thank the 342 members who have volunteered their time into assisting the food banks of both Alameda and Contra Costa Counties.  Your generosity in donating your time and effort provides for food to be distributed to the people of these two counties who are desperately in need.  We would especially like to recognize Dave Herwatt and Gary Bonetti for organizing these efforts.

 Russell City Energy Center - PMI currently has six 342 members performing change order work and warranty items.  They are currently rebuilding a row water filtering system and may add 1-2 more hands.

 Tesoro RefineryContra Costa Electric has completed the instrument portion of the cat cracker turnaround and does not have any 342 members on site.  We would like to thank the members who worked this job to make the union portion a success on this turn-around.

 Shell RefineryPMI has approximately six Local 342 members performing maintenance at the Shell Chemical Facility on an ongoing basis.

The Crude Tank Piping Project has two local members currently working this project.  They will peak at approximately 45 UA members.  They are hoping to begin hiring a small crew in late December – early January.

2014 Turnaround – PMI has 10 Local members currently performing fabrication and preparing for the January turn-around. This job will peak at approximately 30-35 UA members.

 Phillips 66 RefineryPMI still has eight Local 342 members performing ongoing maintenance.

Harder Mechanical Phase 1 of the Hydrogen Recovery Project has peaked out at 12 UA members and is scheduled to be complete around the 3rd to 4th week of December.  Phase 2 has 36 UA members currently working and just about peaked out.  This phase is scheduled to be complete by January 1, 2014. 

Contra Costa Electric has 2 UA members performing Instrument work at this refinery.

  Phillips 66 Tank Terminal, Pt. RichmondHarder Mechanical has five UA 342 members working on the storm water segregation project and may pick up 1-2 more hands.

  Chevron RefineryNewtron has 12 UA 342 members currently working with the Chevron Instrument group on an ongoing basis updating and trouble-shooting their equipment.

Harder Mechanical has 26 UA 342 members working maintenance and preparing for a shutdown in the TKN Unit in January.  They may increase in manpower by 3-4 members and may go higher if their work scope increases.

   Travel Card WorkLocal 290 (Portland, OR) had a lull in the Intel Project, but are hopefully going to pick up again by the New Year.


Oakley Generating Station1st District Court of Appeals has agreed to review the proposed project once again pushing this further back.  There is no estimated time frame for when this project will begin.

West Pac: The Pittsburg Planning Commission is scheduled to meet in January on this project.  We need a good turnout at this meeting as the opposition to this project is strong and very well organized.  I will update you as I gather more information as to a time and place of the meeting. We will post this information on the website (www.ua342.com) once it is available.

Phillips 66 Refinery - Propane Recovery ProjectThe Contra Costa Planning Commission voted 5-0 in favor of the project and to send it to the Board of Supervisors.  We would like to thank the Local 342 members who showed up in strong numbers to the Planning Commission meeting.  This project will hopefully take off sometime in the summer of 2014.




11/2013 Industrial Report

by George Kikes (eff 1/15/16) on 11/01/13

Industrial work is slowly increasing and to work at refineries you need a current TWIC and either RSO, BATT, or DSOP card.  Many members have still not brought a copy of their cards into the Business Office to be logged into the system as was requested in a previous post card sent to the membership. If you have the current certs and have not updated the office, please do so as work will pick up at the refining plants.


Russell City Energy Center

PMI has six 342 members currently on site performing change order work and warranty items.


Shell Refinery

PMI has the Crude Tank Piping Project at Shell Refinery.  Currently, there is one 342 member on site.  This job will peak at approximately 45 UA members.  It will be on a 4-10 schedule and last approximately 10 to 12 months.


PMI also has a turnaround coming up in January at this facility and will employ up to 30-35 UA members at peak for 30 days. They will begin pre-turnaround work in early November and will use about 8-10 UA members.


Tesoro Refinery

As of this report, Contra Costa Electric has 10 UA members working on the Cat Cracker Turnaround.

Chevron Richmond Refinery

Harder has 12 342 members working maintenance and preparing for a turnaround in the TKN Unit in January. 


Newtron has 12 UA members performing maintenance on Instrumentation.

Phillips 66 Refinery

Harder Mechanical has two phases of work for the Hydrogen Recovery Project.  Phase-1 currently has eight 342 members working and plans to peak at approximately 12 UA members.  Phase-2 has nine UA 342 members currently working and plans to peak at approximately 25 UA members.  Phase-1 is scheduled to complete by mid to late December and Phase-2 is scheduled to be completed by the beginning of 2014.

PMI still has a small crew performing maintenance.

Phillips 66 Tank Terminal – Pt. Richmond

Harder has also picked up the Storm Water Segregation Project at the Tank Terminal in Pt. Richmond.  They currently have one UA member on site and will employ a small crew of about 4-6 UA members at peak.

Oakley Generating Station

We are still awaiting an appeals court decision for this project to proceed.


The Pittsburg Planning Commission is scheduled to meet in November to decide the fate of this project.


Local 290 (Portland, OR) has still been dispatching travelers to various sites in Oregon and Northwestern California.  Intel is the largest of these projects, but to work at this facility you must complete the High Tech Culture class offered by their local to qualify to work there.

Again, our Sister Locals in the Bay Area are still slow, but hope to get busier soon.