IBEW Political/Legislative
Affairs Department

Political/Legislative Affairs

202 728-6046



The IBEW Political/Legislative Affairs Department is committed to advancing the IBEW mission and improving the lives of all IBEW members through supporting education, advocacy, mobilization, public policy, and legal and administrative action. The legislative and political education and activism of the IBEW is organized and administered through the Political/Legislative Affairs Department at the IBEW International Office. This department oversees one of the strongest political action programs of its kind and develops educational materials on current issues and candidates; maintains a website where registrars can access resources online; and makes political presentations at IBEW conferences and progress meetings. The department also provides training for local union leadership, registrars, and state and district coordinators which is designed to provide attendees with the tools and knowledge needed to develop or enhance their local union political program.

IBEW Urges Congress to Get Moving on Nuclear Waste Storage

A trio of recently introduced bills before the U.S. House of Representatives could help unlock meaningful, long-term employment for IBEW members in Nevada — and beyond. Key to those jobs is opening a permanent repository for spent nuclear fuel, IBEW Political and Legislative Affairs Director Austin W. Keyser told Congress at a hearing on June 12.  

Register to Vote. Because it Matters.

Did you know that the gains we win at the bargaining table can be wiped out by laws on the local, state or federal level? Educated IBEW members armed with the facts necessary to choose the candidates that support our jobs are key to the survival of the IBEW.

I am a Retiree and I Vote: Keep Your Hands off My Pension

An all-hands-on-deck IBEW mobilization followed the urgent appeal: your pension is at risk. Come to Washington, D.C., to defend it. On November 28, 2018 approximately 250 IBEW members from across the United States carried the simple message to Capitol Hill: say no to a circulating proposal that could decimate IBEW’s multiemployer pension plans like the NEBF. 

Home-Grown System Rigging… and How We Can Stop It

Every 10 years, legislative maps are redrawn following the U.S. Census. In 2011, politicians rigged the system like never before. The nonpartisan organization FairVote says that of the 435 seats up for reelection in the U.S. House of Representatives, only about 10 percent will be competitive, due to gerrymandering.

Write to Your Member of Congress

If you don’t know who your member of Congress is, you can enter your zip code to find out here

Attend a Town Hall During Recess

When members of Congress are home from Washington, they want to hear from you. Here's how to find out when your representatives will be at a town hall near you. 

How to Lobby Like a Pro

You don't have to be a lobbyist to know how to speak to an elected official. When you are in that room, here are 10 ways to make sure it counts. 

IBEW Public Statements

IBEW Supports the Nuclear Powers America Act

Letter in Support of the Protecting the Right to Organize Act

IBEW/NEI Letter Supporting the Nuclear Energy Industry

Letter Supporting Multiemployer Pension Plan Legislation

Building Trades Letter Opposing Weakening of Apprenticeship Standards

Letter on Infrastructure Project Funding 

IBEW Letter to House Transportation Committee Regarding CRRC Transit Cars

AFL-CIO Energy Committee on the Green New Deal

IBEW Supports Carbon Capture Legislation 

Labor Position on Climate Change Legislation

IBEW Supports Multiemployer Pension Bill

IBEW Supports the Middle Class Health Benefits Tax Repeal Act

IBEW Supports the Tax Fairness for Workers Act

IBEW Statement on Affordable Clean Energy Rule

IBEW Letter to Joint Select Committee on Multiemployer Pension Plans

IBEW Supports New Source Review Legislation

Joint EPA Letter Supporting Implementation of MATS Rule

IBEW Supports Coal-Connected Communities Recovery Act

IBEW Supports Butch Lewis Multiemployer Pension Legislation

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