JOBS AND CAREERS
The NECA/IBEW partnership has established one of the best working environments and benefit plans available for the electrical construction trades in the US today. Your valued commitment to this partnership will ensure you have a place in receiving the hard earned rewards found through completing the NECA/IBEW Local 48 apprenticeship program. Find out why and how the apprenticeship program is the best in the electrical construction industry.
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Each of our 3 programs provides the apprentice with requirements needed to qualify for the Oregon State Journeyman license exam, and if applicable, its equivalent Washington Journeyman license exam. Our apprentices are prepared through classroom instruction and on-the-job training.
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2019 Union Benefits
|IBEW Local 48||Non-Union|
|Wages (Inside Electrician)||$44.85||$38 – $46|
|Usually Employee Only
Family coverage at additional paid by employee
|3% – 6% into 401k
Employer Match (if at all)
|Supplemental Flexible Benefit Fund||Employer Paid
|Total Wages & Benefits||Guaranteed minimum value: $68.92/hour||?|
(Commercial/industrial agreement contract, effective Jan 1, 2018 – Dec 31, 2020)
The wage of $44.85 is the minimum hourly rate of wages for a standard work day. Eight hours shall constitute a standard work day. Five consecutive days, Monday through Friday, shall constitute a standard work week. A standard work day shall be from 7:00 AM to 4:00 PM with one-hour lunch period, or 7:00 AM to 3:30 PM with a thirty-minute lunch period.
When conditions warrant an earlier or later start of the day shift, this shift may be from 5:00-9:00 AM (start) to 1:30-5:30 PM (finish) with thirty-minute lunch period. All the hours are based on prevailing local time. Earlier starts prior to 6:00 AM shall be by written agreement between the employer and the Local Union.
Additionally, a 4-10 work schedule can be substituted for a 5-8 work week for holiday weeks or weather delay to allow for a 40-hour work week Monday through Friday. The Employer with 48-hours prior notice to the Union and employees may institute a work week consisting of four consecutive 10-hour days between the hours of 5:00 AM and 7:00 PM, Monday through Thursday or Tuesday through Friday, with one thirty-minute lunch period.
Overtime: All work performed outside of the regularly scheduled working hours, including scheduled lunch, shall be paid at one and one-half times the straight time hourly rate ($67.28 an hour based off the $44.85 hourly rate), except Sundays and holidays (New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, the day after Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day), which shall be paid at double the straight time rate of pay ($89.70 an hour based off the $44.85 hourly rate). Overtime applies if that individual employee has already worked 40 hours in the same week, prior to the start of any shift.
Further instructions and information on wages can be found in Article III: Hours/Wages /Working Conditions of the Commercial/Industrial Agreement of Local Union 48, effective Jan. 1, 2018 through Dec. 31, 2020 by going to this link.
The value of $9.80/hour is based upon the money paid by each employer into the Harrison Electrical Workers Trust Fund for each hour worked (including straight time hours worked, actual overtime hours, report time, and shift premium hours not worked) by all employees who preform work covered by the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the employer and the Union.
Within the $9.80/hour, $8.55 shall go to health care, $0.10 to the Electrical Industry Drug Free Workplace Program, $0.90 to fund a pre-paid health and welfare program for retirees between the ages of 60 and 65, and $0.25 for the post 65 retirement program.
The value of $12.22/hour is based upon two local and one national employer funded pensions, the Edison Pension, the Ninth District Retirement plan, and the National Electrical Industry Fund.
The Edison Pension pays $7.20/hour for journeymen wiremen, $7.45/hour for foremen, and $7.70/hour for general foremen. The Ninth District Retirement plan pays $3.67/hour for journeymen wiremen, $3.94/hour for foremen, and $4.21/hour for general foremen.
The National Electrical Industry Fund is slightly different than, with the most common arraignment of employers contributing 3% of an employee’s gross labor payroll each month to the fund. For a journeyman making $44.85/hour, that comes out to about $1.35/hour employer contribution into the fund.
In total, the values of $7.20, $3.67, and $1.35 add up to $12.22/hour contribution by the employer. On top of these plans, there are also two more retirement benefit plans offered to the employee, the IBEW Pension which is paid by your dues, and the Cornell-Hart Pension Trust, a self -funded 401(k) plan.
Further information regarding retirement plans offered to members of IBEW Local 48 can be found by going to this link.
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The NECA/IBEW partnership has established one of the best working environments and benefit plans available for the electrical construction trades in the US today.