Message from Josh Sapp, Business Manager
IBEW Local 146 is open to a limited capacity following social distancing guidelines and procedures.
Masks are required to enter the building.
Plexiglass shields have been installed at the front counter.
The overall health of the staff will be monitored daily.
The Hall will undergo cleaning and sanitation throughout the workday and at the end of each shift.
Complimentary drinks & water fountain services are not available at this time.
Union Dues can be paid by credit card on our website or over the phone at 217-877-4604. You may also mail a check.
If you are a Local 146 member and need to sign the out of work list, please send an email to email@example.com . The email should include your name, card number, phone number and the last employer you worked for.
If you are a traveler and would like to sign our out of work list, you may do so by fax, email, or U.S. mail. The fax or email must come from your local union hall and should include your name, card number, address, and phone number. Fax number: (217) 877-5204. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
If members are referred to work, the referral paperwork may be sent directly to the contractor or job site.
The Union Hall is not available to rent or for meetings of any kind (except regular union business). Members will be notified of any changes or cancellations.
Please give us a call if you have any questions.
Thank you and stay safe.
The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local #146 was founded on June 26th, 1912 in Decatur Illinois. By 1917 wages for the construction electrician in Decatur went from 45 cents to 50 cents per hour. Business around town was very good and unless all of the boys were called to serve the flag, all would be working all summer. In March 1934, Local #146 was amalgamated with Local #193 in Springfield, Illinois due to the demands World War II had made on our young men of the community. We were re-chartered on July 22, 1936 and have remained a viable part of Decatur and the surrounding counties.
IBEW Local #146 has jurisdiction that covers all or parts of twelve counties – Christian, Coles, Cumberland, DeWitt, Douglas, Effingham, Fayette, Macon, Montgomery, Moultrie, Piatt and Shelby. Our current membership of active and retired members is approximately 890 individuals. We have collective bargaining agreements that represent not only the construction electrician, but residential electricians, telecommunication technicians, motor shops, sign electricians, wind and solar electricians, university electricians and prison maintenance electricians.
As has always been the founding principle of the IBEW, we continue to strive to fight for workers rights which include good wages for a good days work. As part of the wage packages, benefits have been included to pay for health & welfare costs and pensions to secure a decent standard of living once retired from the industry. As all IBEW members are also members of the community in which they live, these good wages result in dollars spent within our communities for groceries, gasoline, clothing, automobiles, homes or home improvement items. The good wage and benefit packages and negotiated working hours, also allow our members more time to devote to their families and communities. This is evident through the countless hours donated to numerous events such as the Decatur Celebration, the Macon County Fair, 911 Memorial, DMH Lodge, Easter Seals Playground, Pana Boy Scout Camp, 3 Degree donations, Decatur / Macon County Senior Center, and the lighting of Central Park at Christmas time, just to name a few. Our members serve as scout leaders, church and civic organization officers and hold numerous political offices all with the hopes of giving back to those in need and making a difference in our future.
While the jurisdiction of Local #146 may only cover 12 counties, the IBEW has locals all over the United States and Canada and are moving forward to representing individuals from other parts of the world.