Discover the many advantages of joining IBEW Local 64
Myths About Union Membership
There are a lot of myths and misconceptions about the IBEW. The keys to discerning fact from fiction are information and education. If you educate and inform yourself about what a union has to offer, you will be able to see through the fog of myth. Let us address some of the common misconceptions. Please do not hesitate to contact IBEW Local 64 regarding any questions, concerns or other union-related issues.
Myth - THE UNION IS JUST A BUNCH OF OUTSIDERS – A THIRD PARTY
TRUTH - You run the union. The union is not “outsiders,” it is you, the worker.
- You Elect your own Local Union Officers
- You Run your own Local Affairs
- You Have your own Negotiating Committee
- You Make the Decisions on your own Contract
- You Have your own Shop Stewards
- You Decide important policies and actions
- You Elect your International Union Officers
- You Elect your own Delegates to the International Conventions
- You -The Membership- are the final voice of authority and decision
- You Are the Real Union Boss
Our union exists for one and only one major reason – the good of our members. Our union, the IBEW, accomplishes as a Brotherhood what cannot be accomplished as individuals.
MYTH - Union electricians travel all the time to work
IBEW Local unions have geographical “jurisdiction” for which they are responsible. IBEW Local 64’s “jurisdiction” is in Mahoning county, and parts of Columbiana and Trumbull counties, Ohio.
If we hit a slowdown in this area, you as an IBEW member have the opportunity to go to work in other IBEW Local unions that need manpower. When you do you receive the wage and benefit package applicable in that Local Union. IBEW referral systems refer Local members first, then “travelers”. A traveler is a member from ANY other local union. Travelling is not a common occurrence but if work is slow locally you can seek work in other local unions who are busy.
Again, the advantage of being an IBEW member is you have access to hundreds of contractors for work. If the company you are working for slows, you now have options and don’t have to start at the bottom again with a new contractor.
If is true that there is a high unemployment rate in the Union?
The economy drives the percentage of unemployed workers fairly equally. When work is slow, work is slow for everyone, Union and non-union.
The truth is that IBEW electricians are laid off no more often than any other workers in our industry.
Unlike non-union workers, being an IBEW electrician, you no longer only rely on one contractor; you have the option of working for literally dozens of contractors in the area at the same wages and benefits with each one.
If a journeyman becomes unemployed due to lack of work or he quits a contractor to seek another type of job with another contractor he signs our “out of work” list. When our contractors need manpower, they call IBEW Local 64, and we refer our electricians in order from the “out of work” list. They start with a new contractor at the SAME hourly rate and benefit package!!
Myth - UNIONS HATE THE CONTRACTORS AND COMPLICATE THINGS FOR THEM
TRUTH - Nothing could be farther from the truth. Our signatory contractors are our partners. We work very closely every day with our contractors to make them as successful and profitable as possible. The more successful they are the better wages and benefits we can negotiate.
It’s a true partnership. We negotiate a fair, competitive agreement that sets out the rules for both parties fairly. We can only negotiate good wages and benefits if we are productive, efficient, and professional.
Myth - UNION DUES ARE TOO HIGH
Unions are not for profit organizations. A local union needs funds to operate just like any other organization. We fund our local by paying union dues. These funds are established by the membership at a union meeting by majority vote. We ALL pay these dues and obviously want to keep them as low as possible. In IBEW Local 64 each member has a voice and a vote. Everything done is approved by the body. IBEW Local 64 has always been and will continue to be fiscally responsible.
Money that workers pay in dues goes back into running the organization. The improvements workers win in pay, benefits and fair treatment through the union are far greater than the cost of dues.
Our members happily pay the small amount in dues to receive the pay and benefits they deserve and to have representation in all working condition situations.
Joining IBEW LOCAL 64 Is A Great Career Move
Live better, work better, work union
IBEW is a family, joined together by a common purpose. When we refer to each other as “brothers” and “sisters”, this has real meaning for us— these iconic terms have deep roots in our history. Choose to join the IBEW, and give yourself the opportunity to improve the quality of your life.