IBEW Difference

In the IBEW: There is Opportunity for EVERYONE Nationwide.

What are you making?

The IBEW sets the standard across the board and our members don’t have the kind of payroll deductions that you’re seeing at non-union shops. For example:

If you are “making” $40.00 an hour, but are paying your own healthcare and retirement out of pocket - your take-home pay is much less.

From what we have seen, many Non-Union Employees’ healthcare costs alone equate to a $3-$4.00 an hour deduction from their wage. For example:

$500.00 a month / 160 hours worked = $3.12 per hour deduction

Paycheck deductions such as this are just another example of Non-Union deductions.


The IBEW made a different choice. It’s no secret that healthcare is expensive, but members have a say in their coverage and plans. IBEW elected representatives weigh options and members vote on how to fund our plans. We are also self-insured in many places and this allows for lower premiums and better coverage.

One main difference is that all our members and their families have healthcare - and it doesn’t come out of our check. IBEW employers pay for their workers’ medical coverage. IBEW members are also able to build a future coverage bank - this means that their healthcare will be uninterrupted if they can’t work.  Our members have used this “bank” to maintain coverage for periods of time when they don’t wish to work, or can’t work due to injury or illness.


Not only do we value work life- but your post work life as well. As an IBEW member you will build no less than two employer paid retirement plans– your local plan and the IBEW International Pension. If you decide to work in another area or work for another IBEW contractor, you will continue to have employer paid contributions into those same plans.

This system allows for our members to have a longstanding and flexible career. A career that provides a living wage and a healthy retirement.

Let us help you plan your career.


Yes, all our members have employer-paid healthcare. Yes, all our members have employer-paid retirement.

But the IBEW has many other benefits as well.  Each of our members have a life insurance policy that covers them on and off the job. Through Union Plus (www.unionplus.org) our members have access to other incentives, discounts, and free programs. This includes everything from free credit counseling to discounts at major retailers.

The IBEW strives for a good work and home life, because life is more than just a good job. Our values run deep in the health, safety, and the well being of our members and their families.

Work Conditions

  • Have you ever been promised a raise that didn’t come through when promised?

  • Have you ever felt wronged by your employer or supervisor?

  • Do you ever feel disrespected by your Employer?

If you have ever striven to address your issues or have a powerful voice in your workplace - we can help with that.

Every IBEW member works under a written, enforceable contract. A contract that holds employers accountable. We can help you exercise your voice.

Job Security

Unions offer a wide range of opportunities and benefits to workers at work and in their personal lives. Increased work-life-balance leads to a better way of life.

The IBEW’s goal is to support workers and ensure that they have a say in decisions that affect them in the workplace. We have helped workers to negotiate: Apprenticeship, Career Training,
Career Advancement, Paid Leave, Negotiated Schedules, Health Care and Retirement.


Union Memberships Comes With Perks

Union Plus was created to help union members and their families save money on the everyday things we all need: insurance, mortgages, purchasing a vehicle, shopping discounts and promotions, mobile phone plans and so much more...