About Us and Our History

Our local union of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) was chartered in 1937.

We are one of the largest private-sector labor unions on Long Island and our representational jurisdiction covers all utility work on the National Grid US and Long Island Power Authority properties as well as members who perform;
  • Electric transmission and distribution construction and maintenance
  • Line clearance tree trimming
  • Gas line transmission and distribution construction and maintenance
  • Traffic control flagging
  • Environmental restoration
  • Wood pole restoration
  • Grounds maintenance and right of way maintenance
  • Power plant valve repair and replacement
  • Electric generation turbine repair
  • Tele-data
Local 1049 is one of the more than 767 local unions that make up the IBEW.  The IBEW represents approximately 750,000 members who work in a wide variety of fields, including utilities, construction, telecommunications, broadcasting, manufacturing, railroads and government. The IBEW has members in both the United States and Canada, and stands out among the American unions in the AFL-CIO because it is among the largest and most active and has members in so many skilled occupations. We work hard to help out communities in need, and we care about our jobs and our customers.
The IBEW is comprised of eleven districts throughout the United States and Canada. Local 1049 is part of the Third District which encompasses Delaware, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. Within the Third District there are approximately 130,000 members, making our district one of the largest in the IBEW. We have organized and hold Collective Bargaining Agreements with 13 different employers. 

1937: IBEW Local 1049 is chartered.

Local Union 1049 was chartered into the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers in 1937. At that time, members were employed by the Queensboro Gas and Electric Co., the Northport Gas and Electric Co., the Long Island Lighting Co. and several smaller electric and gas utilities. Brother George Smith served the membership of IBEW 1049 as the first business manager and he laid the foundation for the collective bargaining agreements to date.
IBEW Local 1049's first union office was located in Mineola. In 1952, the union re-located to Hicksville, where the office remained until its current facility was built in Hauppauge in 1967. Today, IBEW Local 1049 represents approximately 3,500 members. Charged with organizing and representing workers in the Outside and Utility Branches of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, IBEW Local 1049 has jurisdiction for employees of utility employers generating or producing or transmitting or distributing electricity, gas or water. Our Craft Group members work for employers who perform electrical and gas and associated construction work outside of isolated plants and properties, and IBEW Local 1049 Line Clearance members perform tree trimming and right of way clearance work.
IBEW Local 1049 is committed to keeping the work within its jurisdiction organized so that its members can secure employment and adequate pay for their work. Local 1049 also works to cultivate feelings of friendship among members of the industry, assisting each other in sickness or distress, and works to promote reasonable methods of work and to seek a higher standard of living so that we might elevate the moral, intellectual and social conditions of our members, their families and dependents, in the interest of a higher standard of community and citizenship.
To this end, IBEW Local 1049 is committed to supporting companies who employ IBEW Local 1049 members and pay collectively bargained wages and benefits. IBEW Local 1049 members recognize that there is no benefit to being the best, most qualified, dedicated and competitive workforce if they do not have equally qualified and competitive companies to employ them. The members of IBEW Local 1049 reside in Long Island communities and are an integral part of the fabric of Long Island. IBEW Local 1049 Members are volunteer fire fighters, Little League and soccer coaches. They contribute to, and assist, Long Island not-for-profit agencies to help those who are less fortunate. They are working men and women who serve their fellow Long Islanders with pride, dedication and distinction.

History of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers