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Who We Are

Our Mission

Our cause is the cause of human justice, human rights, and human security. Our object is to organize all workers in the entire electrical industry working in our jurisdiction into our Local Union. We believe in cultivating feelings of friendship among those in our industry, assisting each other in sickness or distress, securing adequate pay for our work in order to achieve a higher standard of living, seeking security for our individual members, and by legal and proper means elevating the moral, intellectual, and social conditions of our members and their families.

Local Union 48 Objects

  • Promote by all proper means the material and intellectual welfare of the members;
  • Establish and maintain an adequate wage for our labor;
  • Advance the principles and practices of conciliation and arbitration in the settlement of any differences with our employers;
  • Make every effort for proper and safe installations of all electrical work, thus safeguarding life and property;
  • Make our card and seal a certificate of fraternity, honesty, efficiency, and reliability.

Trained Electrical Professionals and Certified Journeymen

For over one hundred years, the skilled, trained, professional, and certified Journeyman and Apprentice Electricians of IBEW Local 48 have helped the cities of Portland, Oregon and Vancouver, Washington, as well as their surrounding areas, grow and prosper. They have provided the superior and safe electrical construction and maintenance work that has allowed this region's residences, communities, and businesses to thrive. And they continue to maintain their Vision For The Future.

From the early days of electrification, to the dawn of green technology, IBEW Local 48 members have been supported, trained and valued by an encompassing Local Union with a rich history of progressive leadership and values. Over the span of a century, Local 48 has helped maintain the honor and dignity of working people, and has safeguarded the communities of the Northwest.

We Strive for Quality of Life

We represent approximately 4,000 members who work in a wide variety of fields, including inside electrical construction, telecommunications, broadcasting, electrical manufacturing, maintenance and marine. Our representation brings with it clearly defined contract rights including wages and benefits, which allow our members to live in dignity and health through a rewarding career and to look forward to a prosperous retirement.

Our Contracts Include:





Inside Residential
Inside Inside Constuction Support Staff (Material Handler / Lighting Maintenance)
Inside City of Portland
Inside Home Forward (formerly HAP)
Inside Multnomah County, Oregon
Inside Port of Portland Airport
Inside Port of Portland Marine Terminal
Inside Port of Vancouver
Inside United Grain
Inside, Communications, Radio-TV Broadcasting Portland Public Schools, Housing Authority, City of Portland, Multnomah County, Port of Portland, Port of Vancouver
Communications 9th District Sound & Communications
Communications Henkels & McCoy Inc.
Communications ACS Dataline
Marine Cascade General
Electrical Manufacturing Electronic Control Panel Manufacturing
Electrical Manufacturing Sayler Custom Controls
Electrical Manufacturing Maintenance EC Power Systems
Radio-Television Broadcasting KQAC All Classical Public Media
Radio-Television Broadcasting KATU Fisher Broadcasting
Radio-Television Broadcasting KGW TV
Maintenance Kraft Foods Global, Inc.
Maintenance Schnitzer Steel
Other Oregon AFL-CIO, OPEIU 11

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