Benefits of Becoming an IBEW Signatory Contractor
In July of 2003, IBEW Local 428 turned 100 years old. This marked 100 years of cooperation with some of the largest and most profitable electrical contractors in our jurisdiction. Our relationship with the National Electrical Contractors Association, has been built on a foundation of mutual respect between the employers and workers of our jurisdiction. The professional electricians and techs of IBEW Local 428 have a great deal of respect for the signatory contractors we work with. We recognize the risks a contractor takes when starting a business. While we can’t eliminate all the risk, we can share it as partners. We honor any contractor that chooses to compete in our industry but refuses to settle for lower industry standards just to turn a profit. Our contracts are partnerships that have been developed to bring security and stability to the entire industry which helps workers and contractors thrive. Please take a moment to read on about some of the benefits you will have as an electrical contractor signatory to an IBEW agreement.
Assistance, both financial and informational, to expand your market
Our members believe in our contractors and we invest in their success when we can. The staff at Local 428 is knowledgeable and helpful and we appreciate any opportunity to help a contractor succeed. We will make the commitment and invest in your business when the opportunity to benefit the entire industry presents itself. There may be markets that you could be competitive in but you may not have the resources at the moment to break into. We may be able to help because those same markets are important to us. Occasionally a threat from a less-reputable business may present itself in one of the markets you operate in. Those threats may come from fraud or non-compliance or they may just be from a contractor trying to undercut the market rate in order to keep busy. Those practices are bad for the entire industry and Local 428 will go to any legal length to ensure that state and federal laws are followed and that responsible business strategies prevail.
A flexible, well-trained, professional work-force available overnight.
As construction workers, it is crucial that we are able to meet the needs of the industry while ensuring our own survival when the need is not so great. Since our contracts are structured with the understanding that some electricians and techs may experience unemployment, we are able to maintain a referral list of qualified workers for you to call up with relatively little notice. Our members understand that employers are under a lot of pressure and keeping employees busy during slow times shouldn’t add to that pressure. Our dispatch system is set up so that you get exactly who you need, when you need them. You can grow or contract your labor force on your terms.
The contracts we negotiate encourage responsibility and individual accountability
As a business owner, you understand planning and pre-emption are the most powerful skills that you use to move your business forward. Poor management often leads to higher costs and greater vulnerability to sudden change. The same is true for your employees. We don’t just negotiate large sums of money to dump into the “labor” column on your balance sheet. The benefits we negotiate provide hedges against sudden, unforeseen circumstances. Full-family healthcare, livable retirement, unemployment wage replacement, state-of-the-art training facilities, market development initiatives, and a joint trust dedicated to promoting our industry are just some of the planning tools our negotiated wage packages provide. That type of security helps the contractors and members alike. No more “greener pasture seekers” because we have the tools to keep our pastures whatever color we choose.
Many public and some private contracts require that certain disadvantaged groups make up a certain percentage of the workforce. The outreach we do on a continual basis has given us the most diverse electrical workforce in the industry. By becoming a signatory contractor with IBEW Local 428, you instantly have access to that workforce which means you instantly have the ability to bid on millions of dollars’ worth of work that your company may have been excluded from in the past.
For more information on becoming a signatory contractor please contact Mark Dewey:
IBEW LU 428
3921 N. Sillect Ave
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