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Frequently Asked Questions
How do I contact someone at IBEW Local 551?
You can call us at (707) 542-3505 and someone will direct your call. You are also welcome to walk in to our main office at 2525 Cleveland Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA 95403. We are open from 8am-12 noon, and reopen from 1pm-5pm.
Currently, (December of 2019) our Inside Journeymen Wiremen make $51.40 per hour, with a total compensation package of $74.80 per hour. Inside Apprentices start at $21.36 per hour, and work their way up to Journeyman pay and skill level over five years.
How do I join the IBEW?
In short, talk to someone! How you join depends on your skill level. If you already have the skills to be a productive electrician in the field, and can show that you have expereince working as an electrician, then you may be eligible to take a job call and go to work as a Journeyman. However, if you have no expereince and are looking to get into the industy, then you want to apply to our Apprenticeship Program. If you are somewhere between the two, then you should absolutely speak with a representative to see what options you have, and which options will fit your skills, goals, and needs the best.
You can gather any combination of W2's or pay stubs to show that you have been working for an electrical contractor. Make an appointment with a representative, and we will go over your documents together! If you are unable to find your W2's or paystubs, you can get a Wage and Income Trainscript from the IRS, or a Detailed Earnings Report from the SSA.
IF YOU ARE A CONTRACTOR YOU HAVE AVAILABLE TO YOU:
1.) A pool of readily available, high quality, pre-screened workers:
All applicants are checked for current electrical licenses appropriate to the work being performed.
Apprentices, Journeymen, Foremen and General Foremen are dispatched by the Union Hall. Apprentices have the best instructors and facility available in the State. Journey level workers and above have constant access to Journeyman upgrade classes.
All applicants are accountable to the IBEW Code of Excellence.
2.) Manpower availability:
Workers are available for short term and/or long term employment as needed for jobs. This allows employers an easy way to bid larger jobs and hire workers for short term to meet customer demands.
3.) Right of Refusal:
Local 551 does not have any seniority provisions. While we do dispatch off the top of the Book and work our way down, the employer does not have to accept any given applicant. Furthermore, we have “not eligible for rehire” which means that worker will not be re-dispatched to an employer for a one-year period. After that, the employer can choose to not hire that worker.
4.) No Strike, no lockout clauses in all standard construction agreements.
5.) Very progressive Labor-Management Relations:
NECA and IBEW work together closely in all aspects of the electrical industry. The Employer runs their business - Local 551 supplies the manpower.
For more information please call Jared Mumm
The most common way people enter the IBEW is the Apprenticeship. Each classification represented by IBEW 551 has an Apprenticeship Program, and there are Application processes for each. However, many Electricians & Technicians start in the Trade unrepresented and un-affiliated with the IBEW. We honor that experience and have provided a method for Membership for those Electrical Workers.
There are a couple of different ways to join the IBEW. You can come to the IBEW 551 Union Hall and meet with an Organizer, you can petition to be accepted as an individual or you can seek to organize your current employer through a traditional NLRB election.
The classifications for which we have the most individual opportunities are our traditional ones:
Commercial/Industrial Electrician (Journeyman Inside Wireman),
Sound & Communications Workers
If you have the required amount of work hours (8000 hours for Inside Wireman; 4800 hours for Residential Wireman; 4800 for S&C) in any of these classifications you may qualify to challenge our journeyman examinations.
WHY A TEST?
Why do you have to take our test when you've worked for years as a State licensed journeyman electrician? The IBEW is an international union. Not all States or Provinces of Canada have testing requirements. The IBEW has Local Unions all over North America and when you show them the membership card and travel letter (your paid up dues receipt and letter from the local office) that says Journeyman Wireman, that's all the proof of your skills and ability you'll need to seek work through that Local.
Of course, you must still comply with whatever State or Local Government laws that apply, but your dues receipt is all you'll need for the IBEW. Also, completing the test is a requirement everywhere to sign Book I or Book II, the two Books where most employment opportunity exists.
For More information please call Jared Mumm
IF YOU ARE AN APPRENTICE OR TRAINEE
If you have 4000 hours of electrical construction experience that can be officially documented then you can apply to the Apprenticeship under the '4000 Hour Rule'. No high school requirements or apptitude test. After application and verification of worked hours you go to directly to the Interview part of the process.
If you have 2000 hours of electrical construction experience that can be officially documented then you can apply to the Apprenticeship under the '2000 Hour Rule'. No high school requirements but you must take and pass the apptitude test.
Please take a look at the Apprenticeship. Click on this link Info on Apprenticeship Program and Process. This will give you more detailed information including the address, dates and times of applications and all that is required to apply.
For more information please call Jared Mumm.
Office : 707.542.3505
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