7 Reasons to Hire a Union Electrician

Reliability, experience and training – all important factors when hiring an electrical contractor.

Those are just a few of the seven reasons to hire a member of NECA-IBEW Electricians, a labor-management group serving northeast Ohio and western Pennsylvania.

“Our members offer overall cost-effectiveness by doing the job right the first time, using the latest training and working in a safe way,” NECA Executive Director Tom Travers said.

With workers skilled in all electrical techniques, from traditional to “green” energy, commercial, industrial and residential customers benefit from the group’s focus on:


Electrical professionals with member companies have gone through extensive National Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee programs covering apprenticeships, journeymen upgrades and contractor training.

The committee, a joint effort of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and National Electrical Contractors Association, strives to develop and standardize methods to educate electricians and apprentices to ensure the electrical construction industry has the best skilled workforce possible.

Drug-Free Workplace

Association contractors are required to work with the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation and enforce the group’s Drug Free Work Place Program, which includes incentive-based standards to help members establish a safer, substance-free workplace.


If the key to any job is making sure workers show up, customers who use association contractors can rest assured that their job will be handled by prompt, dependable professionals who will stay on the job until it’s properly finished. Members also offer 24-hour emergency service.


The association features an award-winning, five-year comprehensive training that includes more than 900 hours of classroom study in electrical theory and project safety, along with 8,000 hours of on-the-job training with experienced electricians.

Fair Wage

Customers benefit in indirect ways that can pay significant dividends. Wages that union electricians receive help support the community through taxes and purchases, lifting the area’s standard of living and quality of life.


Nearly 500 lives and almost $900 million are lost in a typical year by fire created by improper electrical work. Hiring seasoned professionals from NECA-IBEW Electricians helps give customers peace of mind that their business or home is being protected as much as possible.


Getting the job done right the first time gives customers the assurance that they’re getting the best value for their money – always critical for the bottom line.