Statement From Daniel Blaikie on 125th Anniversary of IBEW

Union Represents over 70,000 Workers in Electrical Industry

"Mr. Speaker, 125 years ago today, on November 28, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers got its start in St. Louis, Missouri.

In 1891, the electrical industry was in its infancy. Electrical workers were expected to work 12 hours a day, seven days a week, with no safety equipment or standards to speak of. Their mortality rate was way above average, going as high as one death for every two workers hired.

Ten delegates attended the first meeting, representing 286 members from across the United States. Today, in Canada alone, the IBEW represents over 70,000 workers in the electrical industry. The IBEW is at the forefront of making workplaces safer to ensure that workers come home at the end of each day. IBEW members negotiate for fair wages and benefits in exchange for their work, which is second to none.

Through the code of excellence program and first-class training, IBEW members learn to take pride in their work: to do it once, and do it right.

As a proud member of the IBEW, I call on all members of this House to join me in congratulating the union on its 125th anniversary."