Why Join the IBEW Local 625?
- Do you want to earn more money?
- Do you want benefits?
- Do you want a retirement plan?
- Do you want a regular work schedule and an increase in pay when you work outside of your regular hours e.g. night shift?
- Do you want to be paid overtime?
- Do you want more training?
- Do you want a safer working environment?
- Do you want access to a more diverse scope of work?
- Do you want the ability to travel?
- Do you want your employer to sign an apprenticeship contract with you?
If you answered “YES” to any of these questions then you should call an IBEW Organizer TODAY!
- Members of the IBEW Local 625 receive an hourly wage that has been negotiated by the IBEW and the contractors. These wages are some of, if not the best in the electrical industry and cannot be decreased by the contractor.
- Members of the IBEW Local 625 enjoy an extensive benefit package that includes life insurance, short and long term disability, out of province/Canada insurance, dental care, hearing, paramedical, vision and a drug plan to name a few.
- Members of the IBEW Local 625 have their pension contributions put into a defined benefit plan. That means it's worry free and managed by trustees on your behalf. With a defined benefit plan, once retired you will have your pension payments until you pass without worry of having to take it out at a certain age or living past what you have saved for.
- Members of the IBEW Local 625 have a collective agreement that states the regular hours of work. It also states that members who work a night shift will receive a negotiated shift premium.
- Members of the IBEW Local 625 receive overtime pay for every hour they work that is in excess of those in a regular work day and for every hour they work that is in excess of a regular work week as well as for every hour worked on Saturday, Sunday and statutory holidays.
- Members of the IBEW Local 625 receive training free of charge. Some training includes pipe bending, motor control, building automation, fire alarm to name a few. Additional courses can be requested by our employers or members when technology or installation methods improve with industry.
- Members of the IBEW Local 625 have continued access to various kinds of safety training and a commitment from both the IBEW Local 625 and our signatory contractors to maintain a safe working environment.
- Members of the IBEW Local 625 work in the Industrial, Commercial, Institutional (ICI) Sector, the Residential Sector and the Communications Sector. Some examples include hospitals, schools, mines, industrial plants, commercial buildings, housing, apartment buildings, wind farms, and solar arrays.
- Members of the IBEW Local 625 have access to travel calls when other parts of the Country and even the United States require electricians. These are optional to our members but give the freedom of travel and being a part of bigger and different projects.
- Members of the IBEW Local 625 who are apprentices have their apprenticeship transferred at every dispatch. One less step that helps you focus on your trade hasslefree.
Union Membership Rights
Every employee has the right:
- To be a member of a union
- To participate in the activities of a union
- To participate in the organization of a union.
CERTIFICATION (Nova Scotia Trade Union Act)
Section 95 - Application for certification as bargaining agent
(1) A trade union or a council of trade unions claiming to have asmembers in good standing not less than thirty-five per cent of the employees of oneor more employers in the construction industry in a unit appropriate for collectivebargaining may, subject to the rules of the Board and in accordance with Sections 23and 24, make application to the Board to be certified as bargaining agent of theemployees in the unit.
**This means that if you and the majority of your coworkers wish to be represented by a union and participate in collective bargaining, then a trade union can apply on your behalf to make your workplace unionized.**
UNFAIR PRACTICES (Nova Scotia Trade Union Act)
Section 53 - Prohibited activities of employer
(1) No employer and no person acting on behalf of an employer shall(a) participate in or interfere with the formation or administrationof a trade union or the representation of employees by atrade union; or(b) contribute financial or other support to a trade union.(2) An employer is deemed not to contravene subsection (1) by reason only that he(a) in respect of a trade union that is the bargaining agentfor a bargaining unit comprised of or including employees of the employer,(i) permits an employee or representative of thetrade union to confer with him during working hours or toattend to the business of the trade union during working hourswithout any deduction from wages or any deduction of timeworked for the employer,(ii) provides free transportation to representativesof the trade union for purposes of collective bargaining, theadministration of a collective agreement and related matters, or(iii) permits the trade union to use his premises forthe purposes of the trade union; or(b) contributes financial support to any pension, health orother welfare trust fund the sole purpose of which is to provide pension,health or other welfare rights or benefits to employees.(3) No employer and no person acting on behalf of an employer shall(a) refuse to employ or to continue to employ any personor otherwise discriminate against any person in regard to employmentor any term or condition of employment, because the person(i) is or was a member of a trade union,(ii) has been expelled or suspended from membershipin a trade union for a reason other than a failure to pay theperiodic dues, assessments and initiation fees uniformlyrequired to be paid by all members of the trade union as a conditionof acquiring or retaining membership in the trade union,(iii) has testified or otherwise participated or maytestify or otherwise participate in a proceeding under this Act,(iv) has made or is about to make a disclosure thathe may be required to make in a proceeding under this Act,(v) has made an application or filed a complaint under this Act,(vi) has participated in a strike that is not prohibitedby this Act or exercised any right under this Act;(b) impose any condition in a contract of employment thatrestrains, or has the effect of restraining, an employee from exercisingany right conferred upon him by this Act;(c) suspend, discharge or impose any financial or otherpenalty on an employee or take any other disciplinary action againstan employee, by reason of his refusal to perform all or some of theduties and responsibilities of another employee who is participatingin a strike that is not prohibited by this Act;(d) deny to any employee any pension rights or accruedbenefits to which the employee would be entitled but for(i) the cessation of work by the employee as theresult of a lockout or strike that is not prohibited by this Act, or(ii) the dismissal of the employee contrary to this Act;(e) seek, by intimidation, threat of dismissal or any otherkind of threat, by the imposition of a pecuniary or other penalty or byany other means, to compel a person to refrain from becoming or tocease to be a member, officer or representative of a trade union or to refrain from(i) testifying or otherwise participating in a proceeding under this Act,(ii) making a disclosure that he may be required tomake in a proceeding under this Act,(iii) making an application or filing a complaint under this Act;(f) suspend, discharge or impose any financial or otherpenalty on a person employed by him, or take any other disciplinaryaction against such a person, by reason of that person having refusedto perform an act prohibited by this Act; or(g) bargain collectively for the purpose of entering into acollective agreement, or enter into a collective agreement with a tradeunion in respect of a bargaining unit if another trade union is the bargainingagent for that bargaining unit.
To read more about your rights, employers right, and unions rights in accordance to the laws of Nova Scotia, check out the Trade Union Act