IBEW Shows How To Organize In Red States

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Keith Rivers, an organizer for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers in North Carolina, is fighting to build union strength in one of the toughest anti-labor states in the union. North Carolina is a right-to-work (for less) state with the lowest percentage (only 2 percent) of unionized workers in the United States. In a video released Wednesday, Rivers describes the challenges he and other organizers face in the state, and while he describes it as very challenging, but is happy to say that they've had some success in recent years.

IBEW in North Carolina's mission is to:

Ensuring our member electricians and linemen receive the representation they need and the wages and benefits they deserve; and

Recruiting capable apprentices and furnishing them with top-quality, certified career educational programs in state-of-the-art training facilities.

Rivers works on letting North Carolina electricians and linemen know what IBEW stands for and trying to get people to join the union.


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