A UNION OF PROFESSIONALS
Unions come in all shapes and sizes and sometimes there can be more than one Union representing workers who do different jobs in a workplace. All Unions have the best interests of their members at heart, but beyond that there are often significant differences in philosophy and approach.
Members of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers have gained a respected reputation of being one of the most professional and highly skilled group of workers in the country, and beyond, and that’s a reputation we have worked hard to achieve and that we’re very proud of.
Our Union promotes and encourages a respectful and professional attitude on-the-job too. With our recently updated IBEW Code of Excellence Program, Local 258 IBEW has pledged to employers and the public that we will promote and encourage our members to continue to perform high value, quality work in a safe, professional and efficient manner. And if a member isn’t measuring up, we’ll help to find ways to reach their highest potential.
The IBEW Code of Excellence training is to convey a strong message that IBEW members will:
- Exercise safe and productive work practices.
- Perform the highest quality and quantity of work.
- Utilize their skills and abilities to the maximum.
- 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 eight hours work for eight hours pay and ensure supervision has been notified when we need to leave the workplace.
- Respect management directives that are safe, reasonable & legitimate.
- Respect the customer’s rights and property.
- Respect the rights of our co-workers.
- 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.
- 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.
IBEW members serving as Shop Stewards or who are employed in management/supervision must have knowledge of the Code of Excellence program principles, its relationship to IBEW organizing and overall membership responsibilities to the Brotherhood.
Yet, more importantly, members in these roles need to know how effectively managing their jobs will be a corresponding obligation to the Code of Excellence program.
IBEW rank and file members honoring the Code of Excellence program will rightfully have similar expectations of Brothers and Sisters in management/supervision, with these being in the areas of:
- Management responsibilities to the collective bargaining agreement.
- Total acceptance of supervisory positions and related responsibilities.
- Communication and cooperation with the job Steward.
- Employee encouragement but, if necessary, fair and consistent discipline.
- Job safety, health and sanitation needs or requirements.
- Ample job layout/directions to minimize down time and maximize employee productivity.
- Availability and timely delivery of necessary materials.
- Proper number and type of tools and equipment to ensure job progress.
- Maintenance and upkeep of tools and equipment.
- Storage and protection of employer and employee tools and equipment.
- Employ adequate number of employees to perform efficiently or, conversely, limit number of employees to the work at hand.