About the IBEW and Local 43
The International Brotherhood
of Electrical Workers (IBEW) represent over 800,000
workers throughout the United States and Canada in
all phases of the electrical industry.
With over 40 contractors signatory to our contracts within the areas of commercial/industrial and residential construction as well as the teledata field, work opportunities abound. Our training is recognized as some of the finest anywhere and the feeling of being part of the IBEW's legacy, which dates back over 100 years, must be experienced to be appreciated.
The pride and workmanship of our skilled craftsmen is evident in every project we're a part of.
Local 43 represents nearly 1200 + hard-working men and women in these six counties of New York: Cortland, Herkimer, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, Oswego and parts of Cayuga, Chenango, Otsego, Tompkins and Wayne counties.
We hold a firm resolve to provide our contractors with the highest quality of skilled and trained electricians, apprentices and technicians in the industry. The Local offers all of its electricians ongoing, continuous training, and we pride ourselves on our ability to keep our Apprentices, Journeyman and Wireman up to date and knowledgeable on the latest technologies and work processes.
The heart of our training is our CNY JATC program. It is a regimented training program that assures competency in the standardized skills needed to be an electrician. Upon the completion of the program, our apprentices go to work armed with the skills that have, by that time, become second nature to them.
IBEW members stand united in local unions in all 50 of the United States.
The growth of our great modern industrial economy is directly related to the growth of electronics and to the use of electrical energy. Thus, IBEW members are an essential part of this progress: "Electricity and the IBEW equals Progress and Prosperity."
The IBEW provides imaginative, responsible leadership and has an outstanding reputation for being a progressive union. It is an important member of the AFL-CIO family of unions. IBEW has constantly and consistently worked through the years to better the wages and working conditions of its members and to create a society in which social justice and human dignity are a reality to all citizens. IBEW protects members by insisting upon realistic safety standards, and opportunities for training and skills improvement which results in increased job security and higher wages. In addition, the IBEW maintains an interest in its members beyond their active working years. It offers special assistance in negotiating local pension plans.
There are many other reasons why the IBEW is one of the AFL-CIO's largest and fastest growing unions. These include an organization and an experienced staff for negotiating the best possible collective bargaining agreements, numerous labor education programs specially suited to members' needs, and the IBEW Founders' Scholarship program for providing qualified members with the opportunity for a college education.
The Brotherhood is a leader in safety matters and plays an active role in the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), National Safety Council (NSC), and Occupational Safety and Health Association (OSHA) on issues in the United States and Canada.
The IBEW and its members work cooperatively with youth organizations and support the Vocational Industrial Clubs of America and the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts of America.
IBEW members support and contribute generously of their time and money to international, national and local charitable, educational, health and relief causes.
The IBEW annually offers its members a maximum of 12 scholarships for university study leading to a bachelor's degree in a wide range of fields. Many local unions also award scholarships to their members or their members' children.
In a unionized workplace, employees have a collective bargaining agreement that spells out the wages, benefits, and working conditions for all union employees in that organization who are covered by the contract. It also provides a “grievance and arbitration procedure,” for settling disputes between workers and management. The grievance procedure helps members get a fair hearing when they have complaints or disputes about their working conditions.
With a union, workers become stronger. The larger the number of union workers who organize, the more strength they are able to gain in seeking fairness no matter what conditions they encounter at work.
If you would like more information on organizing a union, or becoming a member, please feel free to contact us at 315-422-0435. You may also use our Membership Development Contact Form.
Signing this card means we want a union so we can negotiate a contract with our employer covering our wages, hours, and working conditions. It means we want a process where employees have a meaningful voice in our workplace and are no longer satisfied to leave all the important decisions up to management.
Signing this card gives us the right to have an open and free election without company intimidation. It gives us the right to decide for ourselves if we want a voice in our workplace and our future.
Now we have to finish the job, VOTE Union!