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IBEW . . . . . . Creating Opportunities for Washington State Electrical Workers
December 04, 2021
Career Opportunities
Updated On: Sep 12, 2008

Creating Opportunity

Creating Opportunity


Creating opportunity for electrical workers is what the IBEW is all about.  That’s why the majority of commercial/industrial electricians in the Puget Sound area belong to the union.  The union provides electricians greater opportunity than any one electrical contractor can possibly provide.

The examples are evident:


Training Opportunities:  Whether you are an apprentice or a journeyman the training opportunities through the IBEW are absolutely the finest around, that is why the top students in the non-represented apprenticeships almost all end up as union apprentices or come into the IBEW at graduation.  Journeyman training whether you are taking a CEU class or are learning about fire alarm or attending a photovoltaic class all the training is paid for, you only pay for books or a lab fee. 

Check out our training facilities webs site in the apprenticeship section here at electricians digest and check out the classes available.   All the info is right there on the web site whether you live in Aberdeen or Bellingham the information is right there at your fingertips.  Even if you are not yet in the union you can still attend our trainings you just have pay for it which is still less than the other training centers.  We are also offering low cost training on some classes for journeyman, trainees and apprentices.


Work Opportunities:  The three IBEW local unions in Puget Sound have a contract with more than 300 electrical contractors doing commercial, residential and industrial work in our areas.  This provides electricians the opportunity to work where you want and for who you want.  Union electricians have a lot more work opportunities with a larger pool of contractors. 


Most union electricians stay with one contractor for years, some spend their whole career with the same contractor.  And lets put to rest that tired old non-union contractor fear that union workers do not work, “you will be sitting on the book”.  How many times have you heard that?  Why would anyone belong to an organization where you did not get to work at your craft when you wished to work, remember the vast majority of electricians in our area are in the union because they do get to work year round and have more work opportunities. 

Medical: The opportunity for full family medical, dental, and prescription and optical is standard for union electricians in our area, no employee premiums.  Health care is expensive and we have made an effort to get the best value for our health care dollar.  All of our plans are structured so you can build up enough coverage to allow you to take time off without losing coverage.  You can build up to eleven months worth of extended coverage for you and your family.  No employee premiums allows you to spend your money on other family needs, not health care, which is fully funded by the employers.


Pensions: The three locals in Puget Sound have different pension plans.  But all the pensions are fully funded by the employers who contribute up to $7 an hour on your behalf to provide security for your later years.  We have not been able to identify a single electrician in the unrepresented sector who has retired on a company pension plan not one! 


Union electricians retire any time after they reach 55 years of age as long as you have enough years in the plan.  All three Puget Sound locals have at least two plans you will participate in.  A secure well-funded pension plan is your key to security in later life and the opportunities from having those pension plans is immense. 


If you decide to work in New York, Dallas or Spokane your pension and medical contributions are shipped to your home plan here in Puget Sound so your pension contributions build throughout your career and you have continuity of medical benefits for you and your family.


There are just more opportunities working for a union contractor.   The chance at advancement and running work and the economic incentives that are part and parcel of taking on more responsibilities are always available to good electricians.  The Overtime provisions that are paid by union contractors to their electricians are just not matched by the unrepresented contractors.  All these and many more opportunities just make working for a union contractor the right choice.


Work opportunities are abundant in all three IBEW locals so give us a call or fill in the survey on this web site.   There is no better time to give yourself the opportunity to broaden your career in the electrical industry.  You probably know someone who is already a member of the electrician’s union talk with them and they can tell you about the opportunities they enjoy.  Or just give us a call and we will sit down and discuss your options.  


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