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 2011, 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. 


Chris Wagner – Business Manager – IBEW Local 520

Our Mission

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.


The Austin Electrical JATC was created through a partnership between IBEW Local 520 and our signatory contractors and provides an apprenticeship program and continuing education for existing and prospective members. 


We work every day for our members and with our contractors to market the benefits of union labor to the business community and meet our goal of employment for every one of our members.   


We strive to be a great partner for our contractors, area businesses and our community.   We take great pride in our work, our ethics and giving back through programs like Habitat for Humanity.

Our History

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.

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Why should I join IBEW Local Union 520 ?


IBEW members earn more than their non-union counterparts - period!

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics1, IBEW members in the construction industry may earn up to 50% more than non-union workers.



  • Insurance
  • Training
  • Job Placement


Members receive a defined-benefit National Electrical Benefit Fund (NEBF) pension that is funded by the contractors, the IBEW member pension and a defined contribution pension.

Why become a Signatory Contractor ?

Professional Workforce

Being a signatory contractor allows you access to the highly skilled and trained membership of the IBEW Local 520.   

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While you focus on growing and running your business, let us help to ensure that you have a plentiful group of professional and trained personnel to meet your business needs.

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Our Philosophy

To work together and provide quality service in the electrical industry and create a win-win-win environment for our membership, your business and the overall community.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I learn more about becoming a member?

Contact our Membership Development coordinator:

Matt Friestman
(512) 326-9540

How do I learn more about becoming a Signatory Contractor?

You can contact our office at (512) 326-9540.

Additionally, you can find more information through the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA):

National Organization

Local Chapter:

Are there training options available to me?

Yes !   The Electrical Training Alliance is a partnership between the IBEW and NECA to provide a joint training program aimed at creating the best electrical workers the industry has to offer. This has developed into the largest apprenticeship and training program of its kind, having trained over 350,000 apprentices to journeyman status through local affiliate programs.

What Others Are Saying

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.

Our Location

Contact Us

IBEW Local Union 520
4818 E. Ben White Blvd.
Austin TX 78741

Hours: M-F // 7:30-5:00

(512) 326-9540

Job Line:
(512) 326-9545