Why Join the IBEW
Why Should You Join the IBEW as a Unionized Worker?
By joining the IBEW you immediately are entitled to
privileges that aren't accessible to non-union workers:
1. Highest standards in negotiated
- The IBEW secures proper pay for our members
Union wage rates are approximately 40% HIGHER than working for a
non union contractor!
2. Competitive benefits:
- The IBEW offers a higher quality of life for our members and
3. Safer working conditions:
- The IBEW ensures safe working conditions and promotes health
and safety awareness
4. Job security:
- The IBEW seeks security for our members
- The IBEW represents our members with honesty and fairness
Ontario Labour Laws states that Workers have the right to join a
union and that the commitment of this Union gives workers the right
to bargain as a group with their employer for wages, benefits, and
conditions of work.
Hear From Our Members That Once Worked Non-Union:
"I was working for a non union contractor, and was a second
year apprentice at the time. I received a call from the Local here
in Ottawa. They were trying to organize the company I was working
for to become a union shop. I met with the union and they told me
about the benefits and advantages of union as opposed to non union.
The dental and prescription packages are amazing..... It's much
easier working harder for a union contractor than it is for a non
union contractor. I think most people are just afraid to make the
move, to say YES. It's not hard at all. I'm glad I did it. I think
it was the best career move I ever made. I was a little afraid at
first because I was stepping into something unknown. I had never
been in a union before. Today I would never go back non union.
Nobody has helped me out like the IBEW. It's
- Bob Beare, Local 586 - Ottawa
"When I was working non union - going through my
apprenticeship, they just wanted me to get the work done and I
wasn't learning very much. When I finally got my license I was
making $15.00 per hour. I finally signed up with the IBEW even
though there wasn't much work. The Business Manager asked me if I
was interested in travelling. I said sure so he sent me to Windsor.
I worked there for five months and made really good money. When I
got back, I've been working ever since."
- Jason Leach, Local 115 - Kitchener
"I have had the opportunities to run projects and have
worked with one employer since entering the IBEW. I've more than
doubled my wage. The benefit package is also a very good. For
people who are being organized today, your going to find that the
employer who you may be working for may not want to become a member
of the IBEW. They are going to do anything in their power to
discourage you from becoming a member of the IBEW. They will tell
you they are never making any money. The thing about the IBEW is to
make a happy medium for everybody. Make the employer make money.
Let yourself make money and make a respectful
- Bob Becigneal, Local 773 - Windsor