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About the Joint Board

Building New York Through a Groundbreaking Partnership

The Joint Industry Board (JIB) was founded on March 30, 1943 when leaders from IBEW Local Union No. 3 and the electrical contracting industry recognized the need for an organization that would build and promote harmony within the electrical industry and address labor-management issues for electrical workers and contractors. Today, the JIB has developed into a renowned multi-employer organization which has become a role model for labor-management organizations throughout the state of New York and the country.

This groundbreaking partnership has enabled professional electrical contractors and skilled electricians to work together to build New York, and it continues to provide training, advanced technologies, and safety programs for New York’s electrical industry.

5½ Years & 8,000 Hours = Apprenticeship Training Program

Training and education are primary goals and functions of the Joint Industry Board. Through the JIB’s Joint Apprenticeship Training Program, apprentices receive an intensive, disciplined 5½-year training course that includes 8,000 hours of classroom and on-the-job training. The JIB’s continuing education program provides electrical workers with safety and advanced technology courses to help them maintain their skills and keep them up-to-date on the latest advancements and code changes.

Benefit Plans and Programs

The JIB administers all the plans and benefits that are collectively bargained between Local Union No. 3 of the IBEW and the employer contractors of New York. It also coordinates all labor-management efforts for construction division members and over 300 contributing affiliated contractors. Through this progressive collective bargaining process, the JIB has facilitated the creation of many successful employee benefit plans, providing health, education, retirement services as well as many other plans to members and their families. More than 70,000 people benefit from many of the jointly administered plans and programs created and maintained by the JIB.

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