History of the IBEW

Henry Miller, an Electrical Lineman, sought to have representation for electricians on the job. They were overwhelmingly working long hours and in unsafe conditions. Mr. Miller, along with other labor activists and like-minded electricians, laid the groundwork for the IBEW and to this day, he has been an inspiration for all who have been or will be IBEW members. Mr. Miller tragically passed away on the job, but his legacy and the union he and other electricians founded still soldiers on today.

Organized in 1890 In St. Louis, Missouri as The Electrical Wireman and Linemans’ Union No. 5221, The International Brotherhood of  Electrical Workers became a national labor union and AFL-CIO affiliate on November 1st,1891. Since then, the IBEW has consistently been the largest and loudest voice representing the interests of electrical workers throughout the USA, Canada, and across the globe. Besides representing electricians of all stripes, the IBEW has been active in promoting an apprenticeship program to give anyone wanting to learn the trade a good education and experience in the field. Current membership stands at 750,000.