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The IBEW is the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and represents approximately 775,000 active and retired members in both the US and Canada. Members can be in many fields of work, ranging from utilities, construction, telecommunications, broadcasting, manufacturing, railroads, and government. IBEW stands out in AFL-CIO because it is such a large member base which also covers many varied skilled occupations.
IBEW was founded in 1891 in Saint Louis, Missouri, two years before George Westinghouse lit up the Chicago World’s Columbian Exposition with AC current, leading to homes and businesses in the U.S to begin receiving electricity. IBEW 424 is the local chapter for Alberta, Canada.