The IBEW has a set of constitutional objects that we as a union are supposed to live up to and espouse every day of our lives, whether on the job or in our private life. A previous article was written about the first constitutional object of the IBEW, “To organize all workers in the entire electrical industry in the United States and Canada, including all those in public utilities and electrical manufacturing, into local unions,” What that means, of course, is that the IBEW doesn’t just represent its members or those working with NECA contractors. It also means that for any electrical worker in distress, who has been wronged, who has been treated unfairly for any reason, we may represent that worker regardless of union membership.
The next Constitutional object is “to promote reasonable methods of work,” What this means is that, in addition to representing the interests of electrical workers, the IBEW also strives every day to ensure our workers are effective on the job and adhere to all safety and quality standards. The IBEW Code of Excellence is living proof that we strive to have every IBEW member adhere to. The Code of Excellence enshrines safety, quality work, and a willingness to utilize skills and abilities to the max. The Code of Excellence is as follows:
- Arrive to work on time, ready and willing to work.
- Follow appropriate employer and customer work rules.
- Promote an alcohol and drug free workplace.
- Work in a safe and healthy manner.
- Give 8 hours work for 8 hours pay and ensure supervision has been notified when we need to leave the jobsite.
- Respect management directives that are safe, reasonable and legitimate.
- Respect the customer’s rights and property.
- Respect the rights of our coworkers.
- Utilize the skills and abilities we have learned to gain a competitive advantage.
- Take care of the employer’s tools and equipment as if they were our own. Refuse to condone any act of property destruction, including graffiti.
- Start work on time, work until the appropriate quitting time and limit break periods to the time allowed.
- Use the proper tool for the job while maintaining personal responsibility for our tools.
- Only sell merchandise or collect funds as authorized by the Business Manager of the Local Union.
- Perform personal business, including cell phone use, during authorized break periods only.
- Never participate in job slowdowns, disruptions or activities designed to extend the job or create overtime. Always strive to conduct ourselves in a way that promotes a positive image of the IBEW.”
Promoting “reasonable methods of work” is a central pillar of the IBEW, something that as part of our constitutional objects, we truly seek to exude every day of our lives.