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Electricians: What’s in it for you?
Feb 17, 2021

Electricians: What’s in it for you?

Are you tired of being told to wait for your paycheck until the contractor gets paid?  Have you worked for more than 40 hours in a week for straight time?  Are your tired of using your own truck and power tools or sometimes even material for your employer’s jobs?

      *IBEW Electricians are paid every week

      *IBEW Electricians are paid for all hours worked

      *IBEW Electricians only bring their hand tools to the job site. Contractors supply the trucks, power tools and ALL of the material you need to do your job properly. 

Our IBEW members work under a contract which states that you will be paid time-and-a-half after 8 hours a day and on all Saturdays, and double-time on Sundays. 

Our members receive employer-paid family health insurance and 2 pension plans that our employers pay on your behalf.  These are provided at no cost to you. 

Comparing Apples to Apples

By not having these benefits deducted from your check, you could be taking home hundreds of dollars more each week.  

If you are contributing $150 a week to having family health insurance working non-union, that is $600 a month.  That is equivalent to $3.75 an hour from what you are earning based on working 160 a month.   

Additionally, you could be losing more if your only retirement is a 401K.  Let’s say you are contributing $1.00 an hour to your 401k.

If you are being paid close to the IBEW wage rate, when you take away the $3.75 for health insurance and another $1.00 for retirement, that is almost $5.00 less per hour you are actually earning.  These dollars refered to as the "Non-Union dues".

With the IBEW this could be nearly $500 more each week you could be putting in your pocket working for one of our employers.    

Other big issues 

The IBEW contract states which tools our Wiremen need to supply, which are basic hand tools.  No benders, no battery drills or even fluke meters are required. 

Most non-union contractors require you to supply the job with your own $1000.00 Milwaukee or DeWalt set.  That is the contractor’s responsibility to supply these tools. 

IBEW pay raises come annually.  Several contractors hold back raises and it might be years between wage increases.  Our IBEW agreements renew June 1st each year. 

These are just a few items that we encourage you to think about while you consider your future in the electrical industry.  

If you have a spouse or signifigant other we encourage their participation in this life changing decision.  

Call us at IBEW Local 288 to find out how to change your life and the life of your family for the better!

IBEW Local 288
1695 Burton Avenue
Waterloo, Iowa 50703
  (319) 233-8050

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