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Support IBEW 46 picket lines in electricians’ strike

IBEW 46 Limited Energy Electricians’ strike against NECA approaches one-month mark   


KENT, Wash. (May 8, 2024) — The strike by Limited Energy (LE) Electricians represented by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 46 in the Puget Sound area began April 11. The union reports that National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) negotiators have refused to significantly improve its contract offer that was unanimously rejected by the IBEW 46 members.

LE 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. However, they are paid significantly less that other Puget Sound-area unionized electricians and NECA negotiators have refused to grant them something that most workers have: paid holidays.

TAKE A STAND — Hundreds of IBEW 46 supporters have called and signed a petition to NECA demanding a fair contract. If you haven’t yet, do it here. Now the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO is urging all union members and community supporters to support striking electricians by joining picket lines this week at these three locations from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. (especially early in the morning):

Evergreen – 3623 East Marginal Way S., Seattle

Cochran Headquarters – 12500 Aurora Ave N., Seattle

Cochran Field Office – 8345 154th Ave NE, Redmond


Since January, IBEW 46 has been bargaining for better wages, paid holidays, and a fair contract for LE electricians to replace the one that expired on March 31, and was subsequently extended for 10 days. But the union says that NECA negotiators refused to make any movement from their rejected contract offer and instead have insulted this workforce by suggesting they are easily replaced.

Effective April 11, the LE electricians went on strike against NECA unless they are working on a job site covered by a Project Labor Agreement/Community Workforce Agreement. Since then, some individual contractors have been separating from NECA and have been removed from IBEW 46’s strike list. But the strike drags on as NECA refuses to significantly improve its rejected offer.

The IBEW 46 LE electricians’ strike is sanctioned by the Seattle Building & Construction Trades Council and its 19 affiliated building trades unions, representing more than 15,000 members. IBEW 46 picket lines have shut down multiple job sites around the area since the strike began. And hundreds of union members and elected officials have joined in rallies in Seattle and Bellevue to express their solidarity and support for IBEW 46 to strike “One Day Longer, One Day Stronger!”


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FIND OUT HOW TO JOIN TOGETHER with your co-workers to negotiate for better wages, benefits, and a voice at work. Or go ahead and contact a union organizer today!