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Why Should You Join the IBEW as a Unionized Worker?

By joining the IBEW you immediately are entitled to privileges that aren’t accessible to non-union workers:

Highest standards in negotiated wages:

The IBEW secures proper pay for our members
Union wage rates are approximately 40% HIGHER than working for a non union contractor!

Competitive benefits:

The IBEW offers a higher quality of life for our members and their families.

Safer working conditions:

The IBEW ensures safe working conditions and promotes health and safety awareness.

Job security:

The IBEW seeks security for our members.

Health and Welfare Packages:

The IBEW offers its members ease-of-mind by providing benefit plans to protect our members and their families.

Solidarity:

The IBEW represents our members with honesty and fairness
Ontario Labour Laws states that Workers have the right to join a union and that the commitment of this Union gives workers the right to bargain as a group with their employer for wages, benefits, and conditions of work.

A Message from the Executive Secretary Treasurer

Hi, I’m John Grimshaw and I have been a proud member of the IBEW since February 1976.

I began my apprenticeship with a non-union company in 1973. After working for that company for about 8 months I was still not registered as an apprentice. Since it did not look like they had any intention of signing me up as an apprentice I quit my job and found an employer that would.

After working for a couple of different non-union employers over the next 2 years I was finally brought in to the IBEW through an Organizing Drive and began this incredible journey. Upon gaining membership I immediately began trying to become more involved with my Local Union and learning as much as I could about the inner workings of this organization.

I ran for, and was elected to serve in, various capacities and rose through the ranks to achieve the status I enjoy today as Executive Secretary Treasurer of the IBEW CCO.

I am telling you this because I want you to understand that the IBEW is a truly democratic organization that ensures every member has the right to become involved in their union and seek to be elected to office.