Electricians Expose Exploitative Contracts, Poor Working Conditions

By Peter Garland Over 90 electrical workers from across the country protested on October 10 outside the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) trade show in Nashville, Tennessee. NECA is a contractors’ syndicate with which all International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) local unions negotiate their contracts. The workers highlighted a recent contract dispute in IBEW Local 606 in Orlando, Florida, which instituted a seven-day workweek … Continue reading Electricians Expose Exploitative Contracts, Poor Working Conditions

Worker Correspondents: Electrical Tradesmen’s Overtime about Contractor Profit, Doesn’t Reflect Strain on Lives and Health

By Jordan Tate In today’s booming construction industry, electricians are paid unfairly in relation to the amount of overtime we are working and the sacrifices to our daily lives and health. In this market, the labor pool is very shallow for the work required to complete projects, which encourages employers to coerce electricians into working overtime. While the overtime pay is enticing for workers, it … Continue reading Worker Correspondents: Electrical Tradesmen’s Overtime about Contractor Profit, Doesn’t Reflect Strain on Lives and Health