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International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers | Government Affairs

The IBEW Government Affairs Department is committed to advancing the IBEW’s mission and improving the lives of all members through supporting education, advocacy, mobilization, public policy, and legal and administrative action. The legislative and political education and activism of IBEW is organized and administered through the Government Affairs Department at the IBEW International Office.

This department oversees one of the country’s strongest political action programs for working people by:

  • The development and deployment of legislative and administrative strategy

  • Developing educational materials on current issues and candidates

  • Sharing timely resources online for registrars

  • Making political presentations at IBEW conferences and progress meetings throughout the country

The department also delivers training for local union leadership, registrars, and state and district coordinators to provide attendees with the tools and knowledge needed to develop or enhance their local union political program.

Grassroots resources

Check out our grassroots resources for ways to communicate the importance of political action near you.

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Recent News

Permit Reform Urged on Capitol Hill 

An 18-year wait for a permit on a construction project sounds like a long time. But at least the Trans-West Express Transmission project was finally approved last month – and 700 IBEW members will soon be on the ground building its high voltage transmission lines across four states.  But the Grain Belt Express, a proposed 800-mile project in the Midwest that IBEW members and project developers teamed together to support back in 2015 publicly, still awaits its go-ahead. The problem? Gaining the necessary approvals to build transmission lines is so tricky that projects that would employ thousands of IBEW members


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