Welcome to the official website of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local Union 520. We appreciate your interest in our local union and thank you for taking the time to visit. Here you can learn more about our 100 year-plus history, our mission, our leadership, the unmatched training we provide our members and our commitment to our members, contractors and business partners in and around the City of Austin.
Since 2017, I have been honored to serve as the Business Manager/Financial Secretary of IBEW Local 520 and lead our 1,000+ members, who represent the best in the electrical industry. Likewise, our signatory union contractors also represent the best in the business. We appreciate their loyalty and are grateful for our mutually beneficial business relationships. We continue to invest our energies in improving the lives of our members and contractors through hard work, smart politics, effective organizing and the development of a highly educated, unparalleled union workforce.
Matt Friestman – Business Manager – IBEW Local 520
The mission of IBEW Local 520 is to work with and for our members to secure stable employment, a competitive wage and the opportunity to seek and earn a higher standard of living. We strive to create an environment whereby our signatory electrical contractors partner with the best trained and most skilled workforce in the electrical industry. IBEW Local 520′s focus on training and continuing education keeps our members informed of the constantly changing electrical technology allowing our contractors to outperform our non-union competition.
IBEW Local Union 520 was originally chartered on October 1, 1906. After a few difficult years it went defunct in August 1909, however, it was re-chartered on October 1, 1909. The charter which hangs in the Local Union Meeting hall today is dated 1917 because of a chain of events involving the misplacement of the original charter. As a result, when the Local Union made application to the International for a replacement charter, no one could remember the names of the original charter members, so the names of the current members in 1917 were sent in as charter members.
We have no written records of the early years of Local 520. We do know from the IBEW history that the members were classified only as electricians. They ran the electrical and telephone lines to the buildings and wired in the outlets inside the buildings. They had to be carpenters as well as electricians, since they built the cabinets for the panels for the building distribution system. Later, as the work became more technical, the International Office designated jurisdiction lines for the various branches of the electrical industry.
Why should I join IBEW Local Union 520 ?
Why become a Signatory Contractor ?
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As a signatory contractor, we rely on Local Union 520 to provide us a skilled labor force that allows us to effectively and efficiently meet the needs of our customers.
Having a trained and professional workforce available to us allows us to bid on jobs of all sizes knowing that the dispatch office of Local Union 520 will be there to help us fill positions as bids are won.
The collaborative partnership with Local Union 520 is a key ingredient of our success.
As a small signatory contractor, we don't have the resources to continually hire and train staff to meet our employment needs. IBEW Local 520 fills this gap for us by providing us all of the staff to meet our needs, which allows us to focus on growing our business - which makes us more money and allows us to employ more people.