We are a community of electricians, that care and help provide for our community, future and families. Our members regularly take part in local political activities, fund raisers and volunteer work. Together we attend social events such as picnics, golf tournaments, and a holiday party. We have an annual fund raiser for the Baton Rouge General’s Pediatric Burn Program.
In the IBEW, you have the opportunity to work as part of the best team of electricians in the industry, and work on the most exciting and challenging projects in the region. Our members have access to working for over a hundred union contractors in our jurisdiction and have a choice of what areas they wish to accept to be offered work. Our employers have honest layoffs when the work picture for that company fluctuates up and down. Out-of-work members are referred to future employment through the Local 995 referral system. This means no more answering ads or pounding the pavement when the inevitable construction layoff in an economically driven industry occurs. The referral office does the work for us and the Louisiana State Unemployment recognizes this process as an employment search.
A Contract emphasizes equality and fair treatment. One set of rules that apply to everyone eliminating favoritism and discrimination and guaranteeing that no one can be unfairly or arbitrarily disciplined or dismissed.
Our members have adequately established and maintained wages for their labor. Strength in numbers equates to bargaining power to improve wages. These excellent working wages help to achieve a higher standard of living for all in the electrical construction industry. Wages are negotiated for the members by the Local negotiating committee.
Working hours for all members are determined by contract at 8 hours days, 40 hour weeks. Works outside of these hours are always paid at regular wages times one and one-half or double time for holidays.