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Puget Sound-area electricians vote to authorize strike

More than 1,000 Limited Energy Electricians could walk out later this week


KENT, Wash. (April 9, 2024) — The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 46 announced late Monday that more than 1,000 Limited Energy Electricians in the Puget Sound area have voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike. The electricians’ contract expired on March 31, but the union agreed to a 10-day extension while continuing to bargain over wages and quality-of-life issues with the Puget Sound Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA). That extension expires on Wednesday, April 10.

IBEW Local 46 notified members that “the first potential day for strike is Thursday, April 11.” Until the union notifies the Limited Energy Electricians that a strike is officially on, it is urging them to report to work as normal and not to participate in wildcat actions or unsanctioned rallies.

Meanwhile, the union is continuing negotiations for better wages, paid holidays, and a fair contract. Those talks have been ongoing since January.

Limited Energy Electricians install and maintain multiple life-safety systems, such as fire and security alarms, building access and HVAC controls, computers, phones, emergency radios, and more. They have extensive training in various systems and are well-versed in the latest technologies, with continuing education and regular license renewal required. However, these electricians are paid significantly less that other Puget Sound-area unionized electricians.

“It is critical that these electricians receive fair treatment and a contract that reflects the value of their work,” said Sean Bagsby, Business Manager / Financial Secretary for IBEW 46. “Without proper support and compensation, their dedication and commitment to their profession will suffer. A fair contract is essential as it directly impacts their ability to provide reliable and high-quality services to the community.”

Stay tuned to The STAND for updates.



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