Why is the IBEW Organizing?
There are several myths revolving around this question, some of which are as follows:
The IBEW wants more members strictly to increase their funds by
way of collecting more dues.
The IBEW wants to bring in non-union electricians to take their jobs from them by putting existing union members to work ahead of the new members.
The truth is, the IBEW is a labor organization dedicated to the
Labor Movement. This means their members believe that
all working men and women are entitled to the same wages and benefits, regardless of whether they are working on jobs
that must pay prevailing wages (due to Federal or State laws) or whether they are in the IBEW. As workers, the IBEW
believes that contractors should compete on their business abilities and their estimating skills; not on how little they can pay their employees or how bad the working conditions are. If the workers do not join together, both wages and working conditions will deteriorate. Without the presence of the Union, electrical work would be another minimum wage industry.
Up until a few years ago, the electrical industry in New Mexico
was on a downhill spiral. Non-union wages were stagnating.
Since that time the wages and benefits have been on the rise in
both sectors. It is no accident that this has happened; the
contractors did not all of a sudden decide that it would be a
good idea. The reason wages and benefits have risen is because
the IBEW is organizing. The reason is, when workers band together, contractors know that they can no longer drive wages down by telling you to take it or leave it.
The reason the IBEW is organizing is, ORGANIZING MAKES SENSE!
|Construction - Organizing||Industrial - Organizing|
Inside Construction -
Please contact Baudilio Baca at (505)-343-0611
in Albuquerque or Benson Bitsui at (505) 327-1058 in Farmington for infromation regarding Inside Construction
Outside Construction - Please contact the Hall at (505)-343-0611 for infromation regarding Outside Line Construction workers.
|Industrial Organizing - Contact IBEW Local Union 611 for Industrial Organizing at (505) 343-0611.|
|Building Trades||Polictical Organizing|
Building Trades -
Contact Building Trades at
(505) 268-1000 to refer any non-union worker, other than
electrical (carpenter, painter, ironworker, etc.), to be
organized into the proper craft.
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