Being part of a large international union, like the IBEW, means every local benefits from the considerable resources of such a major organization. And its structure provides an additional benefit that many other local unions don’t have – independence. Each IBEW local has complete autonomy, which means most decisions are made locally by local members. For example, members of Local 37 elect their own officers, make their own bylaws and policies (approved by the International President), and determine their union dues.
IBEW Local 37
Local 37 has the autonomy and resources to do what’s important for the membership. This allows us to define an approved structure that will support taking care of our business and responsibilities as effectively and efficiently as possible.
Members are the highest decision making body of the union. They elect our leaders, run for leadership positions, and approve bylaws and policies.
The Local 37 membership elects the Executive Board (E-Board), which is made up of 15 elected officers. This includes four table officers (President, Vice President, Treasurer, Recording Secretary) and 11 member representatives (six Unit Chairs and five Members-at-Large). The E-Board meets regularly and works in partnership with the Business Manager to lead our union in the direction that best serves the membership. E Board members serve a four-year term.
The members also elect a Business Manager to a four-year term. The Business Manager is the principal officer of the union and is responsible for representing Local 37 when dealing with employers, enforcing all of the terms of the collective agreements, appointing and removing all shop stewards, being politically active, building and maintaining relationships with stakeholders, and overseeing the day-to-day operations of the union. All office staff, assistants, and shop stewards work under the direction of the Business Manager.