Local 2150's offices are located in Menomonee
IBEW 2150 was originally founded in 1964 representing approximately 800 electric utility workers at the former Wisconsin Electric Power Company (now known as We Energies ). Over the years, Local 2150 has grown to over 4,300 members and is the largest IBEW local in Wisconsin. It also remains the largest labor union that represents utility workers in the state.
Over time, IBEW 2150 expanded its representation beyond a single, investor owned, electric utility. Organizing a non-union work group into an effective bargaining unit can be a difficult process, but Local 2150 added approximately 1,000 new members because of its organizing efforts. Successful organizing drives not only established new labor contracts, but they also brought in new members working at municipal utilities, electric cooperatives, a cable locating service, a meter reading/service company, construction contractors and a natural gas company. Local 2150 also organized various professional groups employed by NextEra Energy at the Point Beach Nuclear Power Plant, in Two Rivers, Wisconsin. The new members include engineers, trainers, chemists, analysts, schedulers, planners and inspectors. and they've joined with craft and clerical employees working there.
The men and women working for Utility, Municipality and Cooperative employers have occupations like; line mechanics, troubleshooters, technicians, clerical support, tree trimmers, nuclear plant operators, meter readers, sales reps, electricians, gas service workers, and dozens of other professions. All these individuals work to provide safe, clean, reliable and affordable energy to over two million electric, natural gas, and water customers.
Plus, there are dozens of contractors that employ individuals that are also members of IBEW Local 2150. These individuals may work in Wisconsin or travel anywhere in the country performing line clearance tree trimming, transmission, distribution, substation, traffic lighting, street lighting and specialty power systems work.
In 2003, Local 2150 ventured into the manufacturing sector by organizing over 320 production and maintenance workers at Waukesha Electric Systems. Waukesha Electric builds medium size power transformers and has a facility located in Waukesha, Wisconsin. In 2010, Waukesha Electric announced a $70 million expansion project that will accommodate the manufacturing of large power transformers. This expansion will not only add hundreds of good paying manufacturing jobs to our area, but will also add hundreds of new members to IBEW 2150.
Growth in the manufacturing sector continued when in November of 2009, IBEW Local 1060 merged with Local 2150. Local 1060 had represented the production and maintenance workers at the Gardner Denver Thomas Company located in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. The Gardner Denver Thomas Company manufactures air compressors and vacuum pumps. In early 2009, the company decided to move the majority of its manufacturing operation to other facility located in Louisiana. This left about 30 skilled employees at the Sheboygan facility and these individuals elected to join IBEW 2150.
Local 2150 is also very active in legislative and regulatory affairs in Wisconsin. Since the early 1990's, when electric power deregulation was first proposed, our union decided it was extremely important to be an active participant in the legislative process. IBEW 2150 lobbied with other stakeholders to help pass Reliability 2000 which led to the creation of the American Transmission Company (ATC). This legislation also redefined the limits of utility holding companies, and guaranteed that a qualified work force would continue to keep the power flowing even in the event of utility mergers, acquisitions, or even hostile takeovers.
Since 1999 IBEW 2150 has been a licensed lobbying organization in Madison and has offered its perspective on most utility related legislation. Our local also led the formation of the Utility Workers Coalition (UWC) that coordinates over a dozen mid-western utility unions and brings together over 28,000 members of various labor organizations.
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