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.


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.

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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.