The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Represents approximately 750,000 Members who work in A wide variety of fields, including Utilities, Construction, Telecommunications, Broadcasting, Manufacturing, Railroads And Government.  The IBEW has members in both the United States and Canada and stands out among the American unions In The AFL-CIO because it is among the largest and has members in so many skilled occupations.

Local 257 represents members who are employed by CenturyLink in the following exchanges:

Ashland Crane Mansfield
Ava Hallsville Osceola
Centralia Harrisburg Rocheport
Clark Humansville Sturgeon
Collins Lowry City Weaubleau
Columbia Macon


The Columbia, MO, Cherry Street CenturyLink Offices house the Columbia Call Center. The call center is comprised of Dispatch, Programming, Structure Loader and Communication Technicians.

Columbia, Mo ran the “Prism” pilot program consisting of TV, DSL and Telephone over hard line to the home.

We currently represent over 200 CenturyLink employees, in 17 exchanges.

About The Telecommunications Department:

When Alexander Graham Bell received the first ever telephone patent in 1876 he probably did not recognize the dynamic industry he was helping to create. In fact, the telecommunications industry has proven to be one of the most challenging and evolutionary industries in the United States and the IBEW is proud to say that we have played a vital role in helping to make this industry a success since as early as 1897.


The Telecommunications Department oversees contracts covering 100,000 highly skilled and sought after IBEW workers employed by the nation’s telecommunications industry. Our members have helped implement the ever-changing technology that is currently deployed by the telephone companies, cable television industry and wireless enterprises. They install, maintain and repair the switches, multiplexors, transmission equipment and associated emergency generating equipment required to keep the communications network viable. The new age of communications and entertainment is having a profound affect on every aspect of our lives, and only with the expertise of IBEW members can the technology thrive. The IBEW represents thousands of customer service representatives and operator services employees throughout the industry. These IBEW members experience a great sense of accomplishment working with the sophisticated equipment that links these various communication formats, while enjoying the protection and advantages contained in several hundred collective bargaining agreements.

The IBEW Telecommunications Department also provides local unions assistance with national negotiations, local union negotiations, legislation, health care initiatives, training, research and organizing.

IBEW members can be confident that as this industry continues to evolve, the brotherhood will be there in force to ensure that our members are there meeting the challenges of the future.