Union Building & Construction Trade
Updated: Feb 19, 2019
In this episode of the Cheri Hill Show, our guests are Michelle Abell from the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (Local 401), and Rob Benner of the Building and Construction Trades Council of Northern Nevada.
The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, or IBEW, is based in Washington but has representatives all across North America. With 750,000 active members throughout the United States as well as Canada, they can be found just about anywhere. The IBEW works towards better wages, working conditions, benefits, and a secure retirement. And they don't just cover electrical workers. There members include workers in utilities, construction, telecommunications, broadcasting, manufacturing, railroads and even governmental.
Similar to the IBEW, The Building & Construction Trades Council of Northern Nevada works towards better working conditions, but more focused on construction. Members of the Council currently number 6,000 workers who are all protected and earn a fair wage for their families.
A common benefit to joining either organization is on the job training, and in some cases, paid internships. As both Rob and Michelle point out, this is an ideal alternative for college. While pursuing an education through a college or university is what many young people pursue, it's not always the best option for others, and it can be expensive.
Either organization is a great chance to learn from an experienced worker, and earning money while gaining experience that can be applied elsewhere.
You can learn more about the Local Brotherhood of Electrical Workers here, or the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers here.
Or you can visit the Building and Construction Trades Council of Northern Nevada.
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