Achieving a Higher Standard
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.
Workers Coming Together as One Vote
The American Labor Movement is based on the principle of the strong shall help the weak. If you accept this principle, and if we assume that we are all strong, there would not be any mistrust, harassment, or indignity to the American Worker. But we are not all strong. The world watches America and judges us by the way we treat our weakest. Now is the time for us to prevail, not just being strong, but, being strong for the weak.
What is Membership Development?
Membership Development is the ability to get workers to believe in and actively support the union cause.
What is a Union. A union is a group of workers who come together to win respect on the job, better wages and benefits, more flexibility for work and family needs and a voice in improving the quality of their products and services. Workers in unions counter-balance the unchecked power of employers.
Why People Join Unions.
People who work for a living know about the inequality of power between employers and employees. Workers want to form unions so they can have a voice on the job to improve their lives, their families and their communities.
With a union, working people win basic rights, like a say in their jobs, safety and security. Unions help remedy discrimination because union contracts ensure that all workers are treated fairly and equally. When there's a problem on the job, workers and management can work together as equals to solve it
Higher union wages translate into stronger tax bases for our communities, better schools and infrastructures and healthier local economies. And when workers have a real say in their hours and working conditions, that means they can spend more quality time with their families.
Unions help make sure our nation prioritizes working people's issues: unions hold corporations accountable, make workplaces safe, protect Social Security and retirement, fight for quality health care and ensure that working people have time to spend with their families.
All workers deserve to make a free and fair decision on whether to form a union.
The jurisdiction of the IBEW Local 1579 represents active members and retirees of the Central Savannah River Area (CSRA) in Georgia and South Carolina.
Burke, Columbia, Glascock, Greene, Jefferson, Jenkins, Lincoln, McDuffe, Richmond, Taliaferro, Warren, Wilkes
South Carolina Counties:
Aiken, Barnwell, Edgefield, McCormick