UTILITIES

INTERNATIONAL BROTHERHOOD OF ELECTRICAL WORKERS

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Unions Are A Voice!

When workers come together as one group, they give themselves a voice in the workplace—just like management has—through wages, benefits, and work rules guaranteed by a contract. Without a union and a contract, your rights on the job can be overlooked and your working conditions can be changed simply at the whim of management (reduced wages, changed hours or work locations.

Opportunity For A Better Life!

Unions offer a wide range of opportunities and benefits to workers at work and in their personal lives. Increased work-life-balance leads to a better way of life.

The IBEW’s goal is to support workers and ensure that they have a say in decisions that affect them in the workplace. We have helped workers to negotiate: Apprenticeship, Career Training,
Career Advancement, Paid Leave, Negotiated Schedules, Health Care and Retirement.

We know that there’s strength in numbers and have a proven path to help get results. By securing good wages, solid benefits and safer job sites, our union helps build a better road to the middle class.
Overall, joining a union can provide workers with a multitude of opportunities and benefits that they may not be able to achieve on their own.

Job Security!

Unions offer a wide range of opportunities and benefits to workers at work and in their personal lives. Increased work-life-balance leads to a better way of life.
The IBEW’s goal is to support workers and ensure that they have a say in decisions that affect them in the workplace. We have helped workers to negotiate: Apprenticeship, Career Training,
Career Advancement, Paid Leave, Negotiated Schedules, Health Care and Retirement.
We know that there’s strength in numbers and have a proven path to help get results. By securing good wages, solid benefits and safer job sites, our union helps build a better road to the middle class.
Overall, joining a union can provide workers with a multitude of opportunities and benefits that they may not be able to achieve on their own.

Strong Retirement!

“The question isn’t at what age I want to retire, it’s at what income.”
–George Foreman

The news is full of stories about workers who can not save for their retirement. Union members negotiate diversified retirement programs that are protected by law. In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported the following:

Ninety-four percent of civilian union workers and 67 percent of nonunion workers had access to retirement benefits through their employer in March 2019. Access means the benefit is available to employees, regardless of whether they chose to participate. Eighty-five percent of union workers and 51 percent of nonunion workers participated in an employer-sponsored retirement benefit plan. The take-up rate—the share of workers with access who participate in the plan—was 90 percent for union workers and 77 percent for nonunion workers.” — From a BLS report entitled “Union workers more likely than nonunion workers to have retirement benefits in 2019”

Better Pay!

Labor unions improve wages and working conditions for all workers, whether they are union members or not. Unions help reduce wage gaps for women workers and workers of color. Union members have better job safety protections and better paid leave than non-union workers, and are more secure exercising their rights in the workplace.” — US Department of Labor

Can You Afford To Get Sick?

Union health benefits are important for providing workers with access to quality, affordable health care. Union contracts often provide workers with access to employer-sponsored health care plans that are paid in full or partially subsidized, making them more affordable than individual plans. Employer-sponsored health care plans can also provide more comprehensive coverage than individual plans, allowing union workers to access the care they need without worrying about costs. Union health benefits are also important for promoting job security, as workers are often more likely to stay with a company that provides them with access to quality health care.
-30 more union workers participate in employer sponsored healthcare plans-
Recently a report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics stated, “Eighty-four percent of union workers and 54 percent of nonunion workers participated in an employer-sponsored healthcare plan.” in a report titled, “Union workers more likely than nonunion workers to have healthcare benefits in 2019”

Utilities

The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) represents over 200,000 utility workers in North America. These members specialize in the electricity, natural gas, propane, water, and sewage industries. By securing contracts through collective bargaining agreements the IBEW can help to ensure good wages and fairness. With over 775,000 members and a reputation as the oldest and largest electrical union in the world, and we are dedicated to helping workers through negotiations for better training, fewer layoffs, and more secure pensions and severance packages.

Our trained, experienced staff of field representatives are skilled negotiators who know the utility industry. They devote full-time effort to aiding local unions and members with contracts and grievances.

We represent employees at:

  • 80% of U.S. investor-owned utilities
  • 415 U.S. rural electric cooperatives
  • 431 publicly owned electric and gas utilities
  • Municipal, utility districts, state and federal power agencies
  • 56% of Canadian electric utilities
820,000+
Members Strong
206,000+
Utility Members

The Green Revolution

IBEW members are an essential part of the growth of our modern industrial economy. We are on the cutting edge of advances in wind, solar, nuclear, clean coal technologies, and other developing sectors. We already have thousands of our members working in the green economy and we are growing!

Know Your Rights

WITH A UNION, your rights on the job are spelled out and must be respected. WITH A UNION the employer must bargain and pay the wages negotiated.

The Dirty Dozen

These tricks defeat the workers’ efforts and allow the company to maintain ultimate control over your wages, and benefits.

Union Facts

Union members earn better wages and benefits than workers who aren’t union members. On average, union workers’ wages are 11.2% higher than nonunion.

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