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The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) is comprised of proud union members with a wide diversity of skills and jobs. One of the most progressive unions in existence, the IBEW represents some 750,000 members in the United States and Canada.

Involved in the leading edge of technology, IBEW utility members from all over the country are involved in maintaining power to homes, battling some of the most adverse weather conditions to see that people have heat and electricity. In fact, it's almost impossible not see the results daily of IBEW members at work.

In the Utility Industry, the IBEW represents linemen, groundmen, repairmen, machine operators, watch engineers, boiler operators, turbine operators, switchboard operators and dispatchers. And of course there are the radio dispatchers, meter installers, testers, clerical workers, cable splicers and welders; all doing their jobs so that we may have electricity in our homes. The IBEW represents thousands of people in the Gas Industry from clerical workers to the employees involved in the transmission, distribution and maintenance of gas lines for heat and other uses. Our members provide gas safely to our homes and businesses.

The Inside Wireman installs and maintains all of the various types of electrical systems found in commercial and industrial facilities. Equipment used may include lighting, receptacles, motors, heating equipment, and systems that control the operation of all of a facility's energy usage.

The Inside Wireman installs conduit systems that contain the wire from the motor control centers or panelboards to all of the equipment that uses electricity. Those conduits may contain power cables or control cables. Many of the conduit systems are exposed and must be installed to exacting standards using neat and workmanlike craftsmanship.

The work of an Inside Wireman can vary. One day the Inside Wireman could be installing a Fire Alarm System or Security System in a high rise building and the next day he or she could be installing conduit outside of a building in less than desirable conditions. Inside Wiremen also install electrical systems in industrial facilities such as chemical plants, power plants, chip manufacturing facilities and automobile plants. Each type of installation has specific electrical needs and systems to support those needs. While there are many tasks associated with the Inside Wireman classification, the apprenticeship training provides all of the knowledge necessary.

IBEW Communication Workers work behind the scenes to insure that your television is there for you. In a field of continuing changes in technologies, IBEW members stay on top. Cable Television uses thousands of IBEW members in the installation, maintenance and operations of television delivery systems.

If you talked to one of your friends today over the phone, chances are IBEW members were involved in seeing that it was possible. The greatest communication system in the world is no accident. IBEW members have been there from the beginning; erecting poles, stringing lines, and bringing the world into your home. From Ma Bell to the hand held cordless phones, IBEW members have been there doing quality work. Telephone linemen, cable splicers, station installers, plant engineers, draftsmen and all the other IBEW members made it possible for you to place calls to your friends.

Yes, the IBEW is proud. We are proud of our record of achievements, both individually and collectively. But we can't stop until all workers are given a chance to bargain collectively for better wages and better working conditions without the fear of losing their jobs or the security that they worked so hard for. If you would like to "be union" or to help unionize the place where you work, contact the IBEW. We can show you how and we can help you. The only qualifications you need are to be interested in making your world a better place to live, having a voice in your own future, and then be willing to do something about it.

 

These Seven Charts Show Why Every American Should Join a Union

 

By Sahid Fawaz

A new report by the Center for American Progress Action Fund titled "Unions Help the Middle Class, No Matter the Measure," sheds light on the vital role that unions play in the health of the working class and the economy in general.

It is one of the most comprehensive reports about the benefits of unionization to come out in a long time. Filled with statistics, graphs, and studies, the report highlights the specific economic reasons why unions help workers and American society as a whole.

 

Below are seven charts that show just that. To see more charts and data, make sure to check out the full report here.