The Three Documents You Need to Know

As a Local Union 10 member there are three documents you should make yourself familiar with. First is the Collective Bargaining Agreement, or Contract. Here you can find your wages, working conditions, benefits, and more. Next, is your Accident Prevention Manual, or Safety Handbook. In this document are General Safety Rules, specific safety rules for each craft, safety rules for vehicles, and much more. Finally, the I.B.E.W. Constitution. This is what governs all IBEW Local Unions, officers, dues structure, members, and conduct.

Not only does the Local Union expect you to be familiar with these three documents, the company you work for expects you to know them also. As any police officer will tell you, "ignorance of the law is no excuse." The same applies to your knowledge of the three documents we are discussing here. "I didn't know" will not serve you well when it comes to being familiar with the contents of these writings. In the case of the Safety Handbook, it could lead to serious injury or death.

Please don't take these documents for granted. If you don't know what is in these documents, and are not attending some local union meetings, you are doing yourself a disservice. You need to know your rights and responsibilities. Keep these documents where you can easily access them, and make sure that they are the most recent version. While reading through these, if you have any questions please call the Local 10 office for clarification.