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Looking for a skilled career in the electrical industry?

Or do you want to improve conditions in your current job? Looking for fair pay, decent benefits, an opportunity to grow? On-the-job respect?

A union of 750,000 members, the IBEW is the largest organization of electrical workers in North America. Our members work in nearly every part of the economy: construction, utilities, telecommunications, broadcasting, manufacturing, railroad and government.

Formed in 1891, we have earned our reputation as the oldest, largest and most professional electrical union in the world. We are on the job at construction sites, power plants, factories, offices, shipyards, TV studios and rail yards.

We know that there’s strength in numbers and have a proven path to help get results. By securing good wages, solid benefits and safer job sites, our union helps build a better road to the middle class for all working families.

If you would like more information about IBEW Local 665, please join us at our monthly open house the 4th Thursday of each month from 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. to speak with a representative about all of the great benefits the IBEW has to offer you and your family.

Want to start an Electrical Apprenticeship?

Lansing Electrical JATC

The Lansing Electrical Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee has been providing training for the members of IBEW Local 665 at Lansing Community College since 1957. Over the years, we have trained over 1,000 apprentices, helping them become highly skilled journeyman electricians. Our Apprentices have gone on to have productive careers at little to no cost for training.

LEJATC students earn both wages and benefits while they learn the trade, working under skilled journeymen.

For applications and to learn more about IBEW 665's LEJATC program go to

Read about the benefits of a Union Apprenticeship here.

Interested In Joining IBEW 665?

If you love being an Electrician, but your current job isn't cutting it, now is the time to make a change.

Click here!

The many contractors that IBEW 665 is associated with are always looking for talented individuals to join their companies. Through the partnership between our contractors and members, IBEW 665 offers:

  • Competitive Wages
  • Family Health Care
  • Advancement Opportunities
  • Multiple Retirement Programs
  • Local, State & Nationwide Job Opportunities 
  • Electrical and Safety Training
  • And so much more!

For more information please contact: or call 517-393-5530

Common Misconceptions of the IBEW


1. Union guys are laid off all the time!

Well unfortunately layoffs are a possibility in the construction industry. But this issue has been used as a scare tactic with great success by non-union employers to intimidate workers about the IBEW.

The truth is that IBEW electricians are laid off no more often than any other workers in our industry. We use a referral process to refer our electricians to our signatory contractors. Our electricians do not rely only on one contractor. They have the option of working for dozens of different contractors working on many different types of projects.

Approximately 3/4 of our members work long term with one company. The balance of our members work for various contractors for various lengths of time. These jobs may last weeks, sometimes years depending on the type of project.

IF a journeyman becomes unemployed due to lack of work or he quits a contractor to seek another type of job with another contractor he signs our “out of work” list. When our contractors need manpower, they call IBEW Local 665, and we refer our electricians in order from the “out of work” list. They start with a new contractor at the SAME hourly rate and benefit package!!

Being an IBEW electrician, you no longer only rely on one contractor. You have the option of working for literally dozens of contractors in the area at the same wages and benefits with each one.

2. Union Electricians “travel” all the time to work.

IBEW Local unions have geographical “jurisdiction” for which they are responsible. IBEW Local 665’s “jurisdiction” are portions of Ingham, Eaton, Clinton, Ionia, Livingston, and Shiawassee Counties.

Our members work the vast majority of their time in the Greater Lansing area. If we hit a slowdown in this area, you as an IBEW member have the opportunity to go to work in other IBEW Local Unions that need manpower. When you do, you receive the wage and benefit package applicable in that Local Union’s “jurisdiction”.

IBEW referral systems refer Local members first, then “travelers”. A traveler is a member from ANY other local union. For example, a member from IBEW Local 252 in Ann Arbor may be working here in IBEW Local 665 and is referred to as a “traveler” because he is not a member of IBEW Local 665 but lives nearby in the Ann Arbor area.

Travelling is not a common occurrence, but if work is slow locally you can seek work in other local unions who are busy. Being located here in Central Michigan, you can usually find work within commuting distance of home.

Again, the advantage of being an IBEW member is you have access to hundreds of contractors for work. If the company you are working for slows, you now have options and don’t have to start at the bottom again with a new contractor.

3. The union hates the contractor and complicates things for them.

Nothing could be farther from the truth. Our signatory contractors are our partners. We work very closely every day with our contractors to make them as successful and profitable as possible. The more successful they are the better wages and benefits we can negotiate. It’s a true partnership. We negotiate a fair, competitive agreement that sets out the rules for both parties fairly. We can only negotiate good wages and benefits if we are productive, efficient, and professional and if we make the contractor money…period.

4. Union dues are high.

A local union needs funds to operate just like any other organization. We fund our local by paying union dues. These funds are established by the membership at a union meeting by majority vote. We ALL pay these dues and obviously want to keep them as low as possible.  IBEW Local 665 is a democratic organization, and each member has a voice and a vote. Everything done is approved by the body. IBEW Local 665 has always been and will continue to be fiscally responsible.

What do YOU pay in NON-UNION dues? Let’s see…

Do you contribute towards your health coverage out of your paycheck?

Does your employer deduct money out of your check for a 401K?

Do you have a pension?

Do you have an annuity?

Do you have to work 40 hours before you receive overtime pay?

Are you supplying your own power tools, ladders, cordless tools? What do they cost?

How much do you make an hour?

IBEW Local 665 Journeymen have an exceptional pay rate, and that all goes ON YOUR CHECK.

On top of that they get an excellent benefit package which includes fully paid family health coverage, three pensions, and an annuity plan at no cost to you.

How much less do you make? That amount is the NON-UNION dues you pay!!

Our members happily pay the small amount in dues, which are tax deductible, to receive the pay and benefits they do and to have a voice in their working lives.

5. My employer will fire people if we try to join the union.

Organizing a union in your workplace does seem intimidating and can seem like such an impossible uphill battle. It does take courage, but is very worth it. Thousands of workers do just that each year. The fact is, it’s illegal for an employer to threaten, intimidate, or coerce workers who are exercising their right to unionize. However, many employers will illegally do just that. That’s where the experience the IBEW has in organizing is useful. In the event that an employer violates the law, the full resources of the IBEW will be brought to bear on them. IBEW Local 665 will support workers who want union representation. We will ensure that no matter what happens during an organizing drive that workers will be brought into the IBEW and put to work.

There are many more “misconceptions” out there. Do yourself a favor and find out the FACTS for yourself!!!

For more information call or stop by:

IBEW Local 665
5205 S. Pennsylvania Ave.
Lansing, MI  48911


All calls are confidential

IBEW Local 665 In The Community

IBEW Local 665 is connected with the Lansing community, participating and sponsoring local fundraisers and events for over 50 years. IBEW Local 665 has been a primary sponsor of Lansing's Silver Bells in the City parade.

Some other causes that we support are:

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  • IBEW 665
  • 5205 South Pennsylvania
  • Lansing, MI 48911
  • Tel: 517 393 5530
  • Fax: 517 393 3521