Serving Eastern South Dakota & Southwestern Minnesota Since 1916

​The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) is a union of 775,000 members, making us the largest organization of electrical workers in North America. Our members work in nearly every part of the economy: construction, utilities, telecommunications, broadcasting, manufacturing, railroad and government. IBEW members work in nearly every part of the economy: construction, utilities, telecommunications, broadcasting, manufacturing, railroad and government. 

Formed in 1891, we have earned our reputation as the oldest, largest and most professional Electrical union in the world. Our members can be found on the job at construction sites, power plants, factories, offices, shipyards, TV studios and rail yards.

​We know that there’s strength in numbers and have a proven path to help get results. By securing good wages, solid benefits and safer job sites, our union helps build a better road to the middle class for all working families.

our history

what is the IBEW

what we do

The nucleus of our Brotherhood formed in 1890 in St. Louis, Missouri. The group was chartered as the Electrical Wiremen and Linemen’s Union, No. 5221, of the American Federation of Labor (AFL). On November 21, 1891 the first convention was called in St. Louis with ten delegates representing 286 members. One of the outcomes of this first meeting was the creation of the Preamble, and the name of the organization – National Brotherhood of Electrical Workers – was chosen. Even our emblem, the hand grasping the lighting bolt, was established at this first convention.

1891 - national brotherhood of electrical workers (N.B.E.W.) was formed in st louis

1899 - At the Sixth Convention, the name of the union was changed to what it is today: International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (I.B.E.W.).
1903 - I.B.E.W. Local no. 360 is chartered in sioux falls, sd
1909 - Local No. 360 goes defunct
1916 - I.B.E.W. Local no. 426 is chartered as a mixed-classification local with 35 initial members of outside lineman, inside wiremen and motion picture operators.
1916 - Motion picture operators leave the I.B.E.W. and join international alliance of theatrical state employees (i.a.t.s.e).
1919 - Council on Industrial Relations (CIR) is established to arbitrate contract disputes and avoid strikes.
1920 - After several 
moves the IBEW headquarters is relocated permanently to Washington, D.C.
1927 - At the 19th National Convention, the IBEW Pension Plan was established.
1929 - Last convention held for 12 years due to the Great Depression.
1941-  The Golden Jubilee year of the founding of our Brotherhood and the 21st National Convention held in St. Louis, where it all began. 869 local unions and nearly 200,000 members were represented.
1941 - The National Apprenticeship Standards for the Electrical Construction Industry were established.
1947 - The National Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee was established.
1954 - The National Convention in Chicago boasts 3,138 delegates representing a membership of 625,000.
1974 - Membership reaches more than one million members.
1991 - 34th National Convention celebrates the 100-year milestone of our Brotherhood
2001 - 36th National Convention held in San Francisco, CA
2006 - Local 426 celebrates the 90th year milestone with Recognition Banquet
2008 - Local 426 represents over 620 members in the local jurisdiction
2011 - Local 426 celebrates the 95th year with Recognition Banquet and starts planning 100th
2016 - Local 426 celebrates the 100th year with Recognition Banquet 
The IBEW stands for quality workmanship and dedication. We utilize our skills and training to achieve maximum productivity, follow al safety procedures and put in a full day’s work for a full day’s pay. We are committed to our Code of Excellence, which calls on our members and employers to work together to provide the highest quality of work possible, in every IBEW workplace throughout the United States and Canada.

We are the largest private-sector trainer of electrical workers in North America, providing cutting-edge apprenticeships and ongoing education programs in the most advanced energy technologies, including renewables and energy efficiency. Ongoing training for members in utilities, telecommunications, manufacturing and other sectors puts the IBEW ahead of the competition when it’s time to get the job done right the first time.

We value our members’ differences as much as we value our shared vision. This commitment helps make the dream of fair play for quality work a reality. By securing good wages, solid benefits, and safer job sites, our union helps build a better road to the middle class for all working families.

We are your neighbors. From wiring Habitat for Humanity homes to helping residents and businesses rebuild after natural disasters, IBEW members give back to their communities–and the world. Our electricians were on the ground to help the Northeast power up after Hurricane Sandy, and our members have traveled beyond borders–to Africa and the Caribbean–to volunteer their skills for community development projects. The IBEW takes leadership in our communities, working with elected officials, business leaders, and community leaders to build an economy that works for everyone.