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Working Together ECs & IBEW Can Both Win
As of June 20, 2018

Published on: 
March 20, 2015

Signatory ECs work hard to maintain client relationships and to find ways to become more competitive with non-union contractors. The IBEW wants to increase man-hours and market share, as well as organize non-union ECs.

ELECTRI International’s newest research on Next Steps in Portability as a Means to Improve the Electrical Construction Industry and Benefit IBEW Membership details how reducing restrictions on portability will facilitate achieving all these goals.

Researched by Justin M. Reginato, Ph.D., P.E., California State University, Sacramento. the report demonstrates that decreasing restrictions on portability, thereby increasing the ability of IBEW-signatory contractors to move key labor personnel to projects as necessary, will not lead to the problems predicted by those against such moves.

Reginato’s research shows that open portability does not lead to widespread migrations of labor from low-wage regions to high-wage regions. Rather, portability gives contractors the flexibility to staff crews more competitively while still primarily using labor from the local in which the work is being installed. Portability provides mutually inclusive benefits that can increase market share for IBEW and increase its potential to organize non-union electrical contractors.

The Next Steps in Portability report is available through ELECTRI International's website.

This report is a follow-on study of ELECTRI's The Economic Costs of Portability published in 2012 which is available at