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7 Reasons to be a Union Lineman

Is being in IBEW the golden ticket for linemen?

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“It was a very beautiful thing, this Golden Ticket, having been made, so it seemed, from a sheet of pure gold hammered out almost to the thinness of paper. On one side of it, printed by some clever method in jet-black letters, was the invitation itself" - Mr Willy Wonka.


A union ticket is the piece of paper documenting that a person has paid their subscription and dues needed to be an active member.


Consideration for a union lineman job


In some parts of the country or depending on your lineman work preferences you may considering joining a union. In recent years union lineman have became frustrated with the lack of wage increases as well as some of the political endorsements that have been made. However, being a union lineman can have some benefits that may be worth considering pending your local and family situation.


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Should I get a union lineman job?


At the end of the day each family makes their own decision on the work environment and company that is best for them. Some of our best memories in the industry are working both union and non-union employers. Here are seven reasons why lineman often consider joining a union.



1) Pay is more than meets the eye

If you talk to some experienced lineman you might hear that non-union contracting jobs, storm chasing or large transmission projects are the ones that pay the most.


However lineman pay should take more into consideration than just the hourly wage. For example, New York and Massachusets are two the states that lineman make the most money; however these are also relatively high cost of living states.


Union lineman jobs can often come with additional benefits (described below) and are more common in higher cost of living areas (West Coast and Northeast). It is less common to see union lineman jobs in south, southeast and midwest (generally speaking).


When you join a union as a lineman, one thing you can be guranteed is transparency.