For Contractors

Come Join our Union!

It’s worth your while to sign with IBEW Local 424.

On budget, on time, unmatched quality

Becoming a union contractor involves more than just signing some legal documents and calling the hall for manpower. It means building a relationship that benefits your company for a lifetime. Did you know the average unionized business productivity levels are 16 % higher than non-organized employees?

With a large pool of signatory contractors, the union provides plenty of options to build a winning team every time. Contractors have access to hundreds of professional, safety-conscious, craft-trained workers within their community. And conversely, union workers are introduced to new and profitable opportunities with the most successful contractors in the Alberta region. Qualified help is hard to find. In today’s economy, your employees need to work smarter, faster, safer, and more profitably…hiring union workers will do just that.

Access to the talent pool

There are many good reasons for an electrical contractor to do so. The main reason is to gain access to the union’s pool of ticketed and qualified foremen, journeymen and apprentices who are the bedrock of the work an electrical contractor performs.  IBEW Local 424 represents the very best of the electrical trade, and we maintain that quality by operating our own training centre and offering apprenticeship and trades upgrading courses on an ongoing basis to ensure our people maintain their knowledge at the leading edge of the industry.

One of our contractors, states: "As a signatory company, we have access to a well-trained pool of skilled workers who are ready, able, and willing to work. “

Cost certainty

Also, when you work with a collective agreement, you know where you stand with your crews.  Wage rates, benefits, hours of work – all the terms of employment are laid out, so there’s no guesswork. You can bid future work with greater certainty around core costs, and Local 424 will work with you to create the right crews for the job.

One of our contractor’s states: “One of the main advantages is having a good quality workforce available on a moment's notice. I can chase large projects or downsize depending on the market.”


Local 424 also handles all of the administration around health and welfare, pension and RRSP contributions as their workers move from your job to another contractor. Their dispatch system means workers are sent to your project as needed, and when the job is finished they’re off your payroll and they return to the dispatch system for their next job. Safety on the job is a top priority for Local 424 and its members, so they are your first line of defense against high WCB costs.

Our partnership

IBEW Local 424 understands that its member’s success depends on the success of the signatory employers.  This reasoning lies behind the implementation of the Membership Development Fund. This program offers financial assistance on selected projects.

One of our contractors says: “The union continues to look for ways to help us become competitive and offers new approaches to solving problems in the market. IBEW 424 is very fair to deal with, and we've always been able to resolve any differences."

It’s just one of the strategies which demonstrates the new relationship between contractors and the union. Helping our members secure work is the core objective on which the union is judged by the members. We know that collaboration in making contractors more successful means more work for Local 424 members.  Establishing and maintaining good working relationships in an environment of mutual understanding is the best way of ensuring success for both.  We’re partners.  That’s the Local 424 commitment to our signatory contractors.

Find out more

To explore a partnership with IBEW local 424 for your company, contact one of our assistant business managers @ 780-462-5076 or Email