History

IBEW Local 104 History

Bob-Pole-b&wThe history of Local 104 began as an effort by 11 determined men to create a better life for outside electrical workers in the Boston, Massachusetts area. The efforts of these 11 brave men mirror the efforts of the founders of Local 104’s parent organization, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW). Local 104 joined the IBEW on January 24th, 1900, about nine years after the IBEW itself was founded.

Outside electrical workers, also known as electrical linemen, have extremely dangerous jobs. On a regular basis they are required to work in all sorts of perilous weather, climbing telephone poles and electrical towers to install, repair and maintain outside electrical lines, power connections and transformers. Since the early days when their organization was founded, the electrical linemen of Local 104 have worked hard to minimize the dangers surrounding their industry. They have prided themselves in their first-rate apprenticeship training with a heavy attention to safety and a constant drive for fair wages. Progress has been made, but it wasn’t easy in the beginning…

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