Who are the IBEW?

The IBEW represents approximately 750,000 active members and retirees 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.

As union members, we bargain collectively with our employers over wages, benefits, and rights.  Most of us have very limited bargaining power as one person, but as a group, we are strong. And, with a good negotiated contract, we have legal protections we would not have otherwise.  To learn more about the IBEW and what it stands for click here.

What can you tell me about the history of the Local 498?

The Northwest portion of the State of Michigan that is now Local 498 was originally the jurisdiction of Local 107, Grand Rapids, Michigan.

On September 9, 1949 the International granted our current geographical jurisdiction to a newly formed Local 498.  The Local began with 41 Charter members and we now have nearly 200 members in the construction and manufacturing industries.

We owe our livelihoods, our working conditions and our pension and health and welfare programs to those 41 charter members and to all of those of have followed in their footsteps as we strive to improve conditions and wages for all.

Through the joint efforts of the IBEW and NECA, the contractors association, we participate in Electrical Training Alliance, a Department of Labor approved apprenticeship program which produces the best trained electrical workers anywhere.  We have a long history and when you become part of the IBEW you know you’ll have an excellent career with a bright future, not just a job.

Why Union Contractors?

Union workers are the most highly skilled in the industry with over 8,000 hours of on the job training.  They have a strong commitment to improving their communities.  In exchange for this commitment, they have the most superior education and training, fair wages, health and welfare benefits and pensions.

It may be true that some of the competition may be able to offer a lower price by cutting corners on wages, benefits, and training.  We believe in doing things the right way the first time and if a worker gets paid less, has poor health insurance, and gets little or no training, it is likely that the end result of the project will be less than desirable.

Are you an experienced electrician? (Why Join IBEW Local 498)

Ask yourself, do I deserve a better quality of life as a union electrician?

  • Are you forced to work too many hours?
  • Do you receive compensation for overtime?
  • Do you have medical insurance benefits?
  • Are working conditions unsafe?
  • Do you have jobsite representation?
  • Are you building a future by earning benefits?

If you’re a good electrician who loves what you do, but are tired of not getting paid what your worth….there’s a place for you in the IBEW.

Your voice will be amplified and your on-the-job concerns will be heard by our professional staff. With extensive experience in legal, political and employment issues, IBEW representatives can help ensure that you receive improved wages, benefits, fair treatment, a safer working environment, additional job security and a harassment-free workplace.

Through our union we achieve a strong voice—one that cannot be easily dismissed by management. Contact us to learn more.

Are you looking to start your career? (Apprenticeships)

Get paid to learn new career skills? 

IBEW Apprenticeships offer qualified individuals the opportunity to “Earn-While-They-Learn” by balancing classroom education with hands-on training on the job site.

  • Hands-on learning
  • On-the-Job training
  • Job placement
  • Graduate debt free

All IBEW local unions offer apprenticeships.  Training is provided at Electrical Industry Training Centers located throughout Michigan. To contact the nearest training center, call the Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee (J.A.T.C.) at 231-943-4193.

Where can I find information on affiliated contractors?
  • Advantage Electric:  advantagemi.net
  • Alpine Electric:  alpineelectric.com
  • Berg Electric:  231-421-5262
  • Waggener Electric:  231-929-9330
  • Voltage Electric:  231-946-3678

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