INTERNATIONAL BROTHERHOOD OF ELECTRICAL WORKERS
LOCAL UNION 1547
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.
IBEW 1547 administers close to 70 collective bargaining agreements with various employers across the state of Alaska. We also partner with the nearly 200 contractors represented by the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA), Alaska Chapter, that are signatory to IBEW. We maintain a statewide staff of approximately 40 employees with offices in Anchorage, Juneau, Ketchikan and Fairbanks.
Many Local 1547 members participate in our pension and insurance benefits through the Alaska Electrical Trust Funds, one of the most viable trust funds in the United States today. In addition, Local 1547’s partnership with NECA provides the financial support for the Alaska Joint Electrical Apprenticeship Training Trust with school facilities in Anchorage and Fairbanks. Together we are training Alaska’s workers without taxpayer money!
With close to 5000 members, IBEW Local 1547 is, we believe, one of the strongest unions in the state of Alaska.