Preamble to the IBEW Constitution —
The object of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers:

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;  

To promote reasonable methods of work;   

To cultivate feelings of friendship among those of our industry;

To settle all disputes between employers and employees by arbitration (if possible); 

To assist each other in sickness or distress;  

To secure employment;

To reduce the hours of daily labor;

To secure adequate pay for hours worked;

To seek a higher and higher standard of living; 

To seek security for the individual;

And, by legal and proper means, to elevate the moral, intellectual, and social conditions of our members, their families and their dependents, in the interest of a higher standard of citizenship.