Get the support you deserve—on and off the job site—as a member of IBEW Local 26 and an employee of an Electrical Alliance contractor. The union believes in a higher standard for our people and our projects, and it shows: Our contractors light up the nation’s capital and surrounding region with their craftsmanship, working on both large-scale projects—DC United’s Audi Field to the Duke Ellington School of Arts—and smaller electrical jobs. In fact, our Local 26 members have worked on the vast majority of the area’s largest construction jobs, many of which have earned awards for electrical excellence.
It’s easy to see we’re wired differently.
As a member of the union, you can count on:
Excellent pay with the potential for regularly scheduled salary increases.
Top-tier health benefits for you and your family, including personal benefits through retirement.
Ongoing training throughout your career.
High-caliber coworkers and employers committed to your safety and security.
The opportunity for greater career advancement—become a foreman or project manager, or even own your own electrical contracting business one day.
The next step is an assessment of your skills and level of training. Based on the results, you’ll either be admitted to the appropriate level of our competitive Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee (JATC) program or placed in the field working for an Electrical Alliance Contractor at a level according to your skill set.
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“With union jobs, safety comes first. When I was non-union, we didn’t have a lot of safety rules in place. For example, they would’ve let apprentices work on something hot—I thought everyone did until I was part of the union and realized that safety is one of the most important things to be aware of.”
—Victor Hernandez, four years in electrical trade, third-year JATC apprentice
“That’s the big plus—they fight for your right to get more money as the cost of living goes up. There are about 180 contractors, so you get to meet different people and you have the potential to get a raise every six months. You can put your whole family on the insurance.”
—William Martinez, 10 years in electrical trade; mechanic, RW2 classification
The Electrical Alliance apprenticeship training program will provide you with the knowledge you need to succeed. If accepted, you’ll not only learn your new trade tuition-free, but you’ll earn while you learn. First-year apprentices earn up to $60,616 with benefits.
“The apprenticeship has changed my life. I was able to buy my first house at 21.”
—Kevin Pompey, 2016 JATC graduate