The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers® (IBEW) is as old as the commercial use of electricity itself. In fact, it is the oldest and largest electrical union in the world.

The nucleus of our Brotherhood stretches back to 1880 following the opening of the first telegraph office in the U.S. in Chicago in 1848, the laying of the transatlantic cable in 1866, and Thomas Edison’s invention of the first commercially successful incandescent lamp in 1879.

The objectives of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers® are:

  • To organize all workers in the entire electrical industry in the United States and Canada, including all those in public utilities and electrical manufacturing, into local unions
  • To promote reasonable methods of work
  • To cultivate feelings of friendship among those of our industry
  • To settle all disputes between employers and employees by arbitration (if possible)
  • To assist each other in sickness or distress
  • To secure employment
  • To reduce the hours of daily labor
  • To secure adequate pay for our work
  • To seek a higher and higher standard of living
  • To seek security for the individual
  • And, by legal and proper means, to elevate the moral, intellectual, and social conditions of our members, their families, and dependents, in the interest of a higher standard of citizenship

For a complete history of the IBEW – from the Hard Times that came with Beginning of our Brotherhood to the Victories, Growth and Progress of the Open-Shop Movement up until the Great Depression, New Deal and Modern Era, please CLICK HERE.


IMG4147_GOLDIBEW Local Union 903 was chartered on January 15, 1935. With pride and integrity, the Local grew and instilled in its members the fundamental beliefs of our IBEW founding fathers throughout South Mississippi.

Local 903 became known for safer working conditions, fair wages and ever-advancing training. Today, the Local continues to grow and advance due to the hard work and dedication of our inside and outside wiremen.

Our apprenticeship program is diligently training the next generation. Our progressive organizing efforts strive to offer opportunities to all workers in the electrical industry in South Mississippi.

Union Proud. Union Strong.