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My name is Ed Knox and I am a volunteer organizer of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local Union 68 in Denver Colorado.

I would like to take a moment of your time and explain why I think being a member of I.B.E.W. would benefit you.

First, I would like to explain what a Union is. A union is an organization of workers joined together for a common purpose. We join together for mutual aid and protection, to engage in concerted activity and collective bargaining. Also to elevate our conditions of life and labor. A union is an organization by which ordinary people accomplish extraordinary things.

I have personally been in the electrical field for over 20 years and a member of IBEW Local 68 Since August of 1993. Having worked both Union and non-union I can speak to the differences from personal experience. I have enjoyed an improved life style and improved working conditions as a result of my affiliation with IBEW and Local 68. I would personally like to invite you to join and enjoy the same benefits.

Currently, as a Local 68 member, workers are receiving $2.00 per hour (above and beyond the hourly wage) into a pension plan that will assure them a comfortable retirement. That equates to over $4,000.00 a year on a 40-hour workweek. This is an important benefit to me, as I frequently think about my own retirement.

Our current salary structure is:
Journeyman $23.56
Foreman $25.92
General Foreman $28.27

Over eight hours = Time-and-a-half.
Saturday's = Time-and-a-half.
Sunday's = Double time.

Another item of importance to most workers is health coverage. Local 68's includes, medical, major medical, chiropractic and dental. Your spouse and children are covered under this plan at no additional cost to you. Other benefits include:

*Short term and long term disability
*Accidental death and death benefits
*Mental health and alcohol abuse counseling
*Employer paid life insurance policy


A Federally approved four year apprenticeship program is available with a starting wage of $11.54. Individuals with experience may have the opportunity to test out of some courses. This is an excellent opportunity for those just starting out and for anyone needing to complete their apprenticeship.

If you are a Journeyman with four years experience the Code class is directed at assisting you with passing the Colorado State Exam to become a licensed Journeyman Electrician.

Journeyman upgrade classes are for those who wish to expand their knowledge and skills.

IBEW Local 68 celebrated its' 100th anniversary on March 28, 1998. This organization has been in existence and serving it's members for a long time.

In closing, I would like to invite you to email me(just click on the address below) or call the organizing department at (303)297-0229. The organizing department is available between the hours of 8am and 5pm (mountain time), Monday through Friday. We also offer an "OPEN HOUSE" the third Thursday of each month from 5pm to 8pm at 5660 Logan Street, Denver Colorado for anyone interested in finding out more about us and what we offer.

Currently the work picture in Denver and the surrounding area is booming, so there is plenty of work.

I would encourage you to take this opportunity to become a part of our Brotherhood!

Hope to hear from you soon or see you at the open house.

Sincerely, Ed Knox
Volunteer Organizer
IBEW, Local Union 68