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Why Be a Union Electrician?
Aug 23, 2021

The first objective of the IBEW is to Organize all the workers in the entire electrical industry. IBEW Local 659 encourages all electrical workers to unite and join the IBEW, because by being united we improve wages, benefits and working conditions for all in the electrical industry. If you have any questions about your rights as a worker or wish to speak to an organizer about joining the IBEW contact Mark Nelson at 541-326-9185 or e-mail  mark@ibew659.org


Local 659 Electricians are currently making $38.49 an hour.  They just received a $2.25 raise to the hourly package on 1/1/2021.  The full wage package is $55.39 an hour and is paid as follows:

Hourly wage = $38.49

Pension = $6.85

Health and Welfare Contribution = $10.05

Vacation account = 1.5% of gross wage or .58

Health care

In addition to the hourly wage, the contractor pays $10.05 an hour to a top tier, low deductible health and welfare plan.  The plan provides health, dental and vision insurance for you and your family.  We have multiple options for health care plans to best suit your needs.  There is also an early retiree health plan as well!


Union contractors contribute to two different pension plans.  One is a direct contribution pension plan that the contractor pays $5.70 an hour into.  The other is a defined benefit plan that the contractor pays 3% of gross wages into.


Safety on the job is paramount.  Local 659 contractors hold safety in the highest regard.  Local 659 contractors have a qualified safety representative, their job is to ensure the safety of all employees working for them.  Local 659 contractors have weekly safety talks to talk about the latest safety practices.  At the end of the day, the most important thing to us is that you return home to your family the same way you showed up to work that day.

Unionize your work place

Are you tired of being told that you are going to get a raise "soon" or that health insurance is "right around the corner?" Have you ever had to wait for your paycheck until the contractor gets paid? Have you worked for more than 40/hrs in a week for staight time?  Are you expected to work through breaks? Are your tired of using your own truck, power tools and sometimes material for your employers jobs?  Have you ever been asked to perform an unsafe act?

      *IBEW Electricians are paid every week

      *IBEW Electricians are paid for all hours worked

      *IBEW Electricians only bring their hand tools to the job site. Contractors supply the trucks, power tools and all of the material you need to do your job properly. 

      *IBEW Electricians have full medical, dental (including orthodontia) and vision insurance provided to them by their employer.

      *IBEW Contractors hold safety in the highest regard.

       *$1,000 SIGN ON BONUS!!  (For Licensed Apprentice and Journeyman Electricians)

If you are working for a contractor who does not provide you with the benefits you see listed here or you would like to form a union in your workplace, contact Mark Nelson (541) 326-9185 or email mark@ibew659.org.

IBEW Local 659
4480 Rogue Valley Hwy, Suite 3
Central Point, Oregon 97502

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