Inside Wiremen

Journeymen Wireman wage rate: $38.50 per hour plus the following employer paid fringe benefits.

Health and Welfare: $7.86 per hour, our plan covers the employee and all legal dependents at no  additional cost to the employee.

Retirement: $8.00 per hour, the employee chooses how to invest their retirement funds. May begin taking funds out at 59½.

Vacation and Holiday Pay: 10% of gross wages, currently $3.85 per hour paid into your account.

National Electrical Benefit Fund (NEBF): 3% of gross wages, currently $1.15 per hour. This is a defined benefit fund with full retirement age at 62.

Apprenticeship and Training Fund: $0.50 per hour, this fund is used for operating our apprenticeship training center and all associated apprenticeship costs.

If you add wages and fringes current Local 257 rate is in excess of $60.02 per hour.

Often job stability mistruths circulate among the unrepresented. Here is a recent study by the AFL-CIO:



Although 50 percent of union workers have been with their current employers for at least 10 years, only 32 percent of nonunion workers can make the same claim. Union workers have greater job stability, in part because they are more satisfied with their jobs, receive better pay, have better benefits and have access to fair grievance procedures. Even more important, most collective bargaining agreements protect union members from unjust discharge. Nonunion workers are “employees at will” who can be fired at any time for any reason – or for no reason.

Percentage of Workers with the Same Employer for 10 Years or More

Source: AFL-CIO analysis of the Current Population Survey

Safety should always be on our thoughts.


The safety of our members has been one of the principal objectives of the IBEW since it’s founding when on-the-job accidents claimed the lives of one out of every two workers.

The IBEW Constitution states:

Each Local Union shall have a safety and health committee which shall: investigate and report serious accidents and fatalities……promote safety & health and cooperate with safety organizations as determined by the Local Union ……………………… IBEW Constitution, Article 16, Sec. 15.


Only when workers have a VOICE will they have control over safety on the job!


Percentage of worksites rating high in safety performance.

According to a study published in the Journal of Occupational Medicine: Union [worksites] distinguish themselves by better training, more stable employment, a workplace where regular safety meetings are held………They also had better knowledge of safety practices and felt they had more control over their own safety.