Do you have an interest in, or currently working in the Electrical Construction Industry?

IBEW Local 257 has several options available to assist you.

IBEW Local 257 represents skilled electricians in all areas including residential, commercial, voice-data-video, electrical maintenance, and manufacturing.

If you are looking for a career in the electrical field with the best benefits, and the greatest retirement plans available – Please contact:

Sam Luebbering       Director/Membership Development
Office: (573) 635-2133
Email address:

IBEW Local 257 was charted on December 12, 1925 and has been in service to our 625 members for over 88 years. Our goal is to provide excellent training and education for our electricians. Prior to becoming Journeymen, our apprentices complete 5 years classroom education and 10,000 hours on-the-job training.

It is our intent to provide the most productive and professional electricians in the industry.

This page is dedicated to address some of the questions and misconceptions about the IBEW. There is a lot of confusion and downright lies, unrepresented employers deliver to their employees who are seeking a better standard of living for themselves and their families.

Wikipedia definition of Collective Bargaining:

Collective bargaining is a process of negotiations between employers and a group of employees aimed at reaching agreements that regulate working conditions. The interests of the employees are commonly presented by representatives of a trade union to which the employees belong. The collective agreements reached by these negotiations usually set out wage scales, working hours, training, health and safety, overtime, grievance mechanisms, and rights to participate in workplace or company affairs.

Business interests in this country would rather have us compete with each other as individuals in an attempt to keep our wages and fringe benefits as low as possible, thereby increasing their profits.

If you have any doubt where the money an unrepresented employer saves by not paying a living wage and benefits IBEW members enjoy just take a look at your employer’s house.

Our wages and benefits do not fluctuate from job to job. If you are worth the collectively bargained rate today you will never be asked to work for less because the boss says  he had to bid less to get this job. We decided long ago we deserved a wage we could live and raise a family on. Along with the livable wage we also plan for our retirement. Having health insurance and steady retirement income is reassuring to us and families that we can retire with dignity and respect.

The following chart is from Bureau of Labor Statics Web Site:


As you can see the there is an average of over $10 per hour less for unrepresented construction workers and this chart does not take fringe benefits into consideration.

We could go on and on but ask yourself this question. Have you ever heard of anyone becoming a Journeyman Wireman and deciding to drop out of the IBEW and working for a non-signatory employer?

It won’t cost you a dime for the call and we would be happy to answer any questions you may have. You have been pounded on by your employer and supervisors; now let us tell you the truth. Our best referrals are from members who have worked for unrepresented employers and decided to join IBEW Local 257 and made the choice for a better life for themselves and their families. If you would like to speak with one of these members we would be happy to supply you their contact information.