What work is considered as "construction" by the Ontario Labour Relations Act?
We sometimes receive inquiries from prospective members concerned that they wouldn’t be covered by our Principal Agreement because some of the work they do isn’t construction. Hopefully, this update will clarify things.
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When I sign a card electronically can I still meet in person?
Absolutely! You can either call one of our Reps directly, or submit an email from the Contact page.
How Long has the IBEW been around?
The short answer is November 28, 1891. This YouTube link is a six-minute video on our heritage. (click here)
I’m an apprentice. Will my hours count?
Yes. Hours worked with an employer will count towards your apprenticeship. If you are currently an unregistered apprentice, you will receive a contract of apprenticeship and those hours will be included. In every case our goal is to support your apprenticeship with strong field training and mentorship.
I’ve heard that unions take a lot of money for membership dues. Is that true?
No. Depending on the local union in your area, dues will range between $39.66 - $50.00. Your monthly dues includes several benefits- additional life insurance, an additional pension investment through our international office PLUS, a portion of it is tax deductible. That cost is easily offset by the increase in pay, benefits, insurance, and pension you’ll receive. You can view the breakdown for wages here.
Part of union dues go to cover administration costs at your local office. The remainder goes to the international office, which provides the pension and accidental death benefit.
Can I choose which Local I wish to be with?
Yes, typically members join the Local in the area where they work or reside, but the choice is yours.