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About Us


We are the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.
 

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About Us


We are the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.
 

ABOUT US

The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers was founded in St. Louis, Missouri on November 28, 1891. IBEW Local 1547 was chartered in Alaska on October 1, 1946, assuming the jurisdiction of IBEW work in Alaska from Local 46 in Seattle, and continues to advocate for safety and protection of the rights of electrical and communications workers, as well as local government employees, health care industry employees, and many more non-construction occupations.

Local 1547 represents workers in many diverse construction classifications including power linemen, inside wiremen, power plant workers and technicians, mechanics, warehouse workers, line clearance tree trimmers and heavy equipment operators. Classifications in communications include telephone linemen, installation and repair workers, telephone operators, central office technicians, cable maintenance workers, and fiber optic specialists, just to name a few. We also take pride in knowing that our efforts in strengthening safety and worker rights benefit many other workers in our state, not just those we represent.

Traditionally, people think of IBEW members as people who work with electricity—but over the years, other classifications have joined the ranks of Local 1547. Some of the many classifications we represent are: cooks, certified nursing assistants, clerks, accounting specialists, engineers, city and municipal employees, property management workers, maintenance custodians, gardeners, librarians, plant services workers, programmers, radar operators, cashiers and x-ray technicians.

With close to 5000 members, IBEW Local 1547 is, we believe, one of the strongest unions in the state of Alaska.

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Our Leadership


LOCAL 1547 EXECUTIVE BOARD

BUSINESS MANAGER - Mike Hodsdon

PRESIDENT - Knute Anderson

VICE PRESIDENT - Vince Beltrami

TREASURER - Charlie Breitenstein

SECRETARY - Laura Bonner

UNIT 101 - Cecil Colley

UNIT 102 - Allen Wiggs

UNIT 103 - Jesse Young

UNIT 104 - Sven Westergard

 

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Our Leadership


LOCAL 1547 EXECUTIVE BOARD

BUSINESS MANAGER - Mike Hodsdon

PRESIDENT - Knute Anderson

VICE PRESIDENT - Vince Beltrami

TREASURER - Charlie Breitenstein

SECRETARY - Laura Bonner

UNIT 101 - Cecil Colley

UNIT 102 - Allen Wiggs

UNIT 103 - Jesse Young

UNIT 104 - Sven Westergard

 

Above from bottom left to right, Laura Bonner, Cecil Colley, Allen Wiggs, Sven Westergard, Knute Anderson, Jesse Young, Mike Hodsdon, Scott Faeo (IronDog Champ and not an Executive Board member) and Vince Beltrami.

Local 1547 is a statewide organization. Our jurisdiction covers 586,000 square miles. All classifications are represented under our umbrella and are only divided by geographic region. Unit 101 is Southcentral Alaska. Unit 102 is the northern tier around Fairbanks. Unit 103 is the Juneau area and Unit 104 is around Ketchikan.

Code of Excellence


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Code of Excellence


CODE OF EXCELLENCE

The Code of Excellence is a program designed to bring about the best in our construction members and demonstrate to our customers that IBEW members:

  • Perform the highest quality and quantity of work.
  • Utilize their skills and abilities to the maximum.
  • Exercise safe and productive work practices.

For more information contact Waylon Knudsen at 272-6571 or wknudsen@ibew1547.org

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Unit 103


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Unit 103


Unit 103

Unit 103 is located in Juneau and is managed by an Assistant Business Manager and a Office Manager/Dispatcher.  Unit 103 is a much smaller unit, but its presence in our state capitol makes it an important part of IBEW 1547’s structure.  Being close to Alaska’s legislature allows our members in Juneau in-person access to our state government.

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Unit 101


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Unit 101


UNIT 101

Unit 101 is IBEW 1547’s headquarters located in Anchorage.  This office houses our Dues Office, in addition to our executive offices of the Business Manager/Financial Secretary, and the Communications and Legal Departments.  It also houses our main Dispatch Office.  Unit 101 covers a relatively large area of Alaska.  IBEW members in Unit 101 are very active in the communities where they live.

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Unit 102


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Unit 102


UNIT 102

Unit 102 is located in Fairbanks and is managed by an Assistant Business Manager, and several staff members.  While it does not perform executive office duties, it does handle most dispatches for this region.  A hearty crew, these folks are used to dealing with extreme weather.  The Fairbanks office handles members from a large area of northern and western Alaska.

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Unit 104


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Unit 104


UNIT 104

Unit 104 is located in Ketchikan and is managed by an Assistant Business Manager and an Administrative Assistant.  One of IBEW 1547’s smaller offices, Unit 104 handles areas of the inside passage.  Because Ketchikan is a stop for a large number of cruise ships, this office sees many IBEW members visiting from other parts of the United States and Canada.