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Manulife Information Video

Tuesday, January 12th, 2021

Manulife / Ibew 1003 online tools explained in this short video.

Learn how to access your retirement account online and see about various online tools and information available.

To start the step by step tutorial, click the Manulife Icon below.

Job Tip – Bucket on a Ladder

Tuesday, January 5th, 2021

Another Job Tip from IBEW Hour Power

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Printable apprentice work reports.

Friday, November 20th, 2020

Below are links for the front and back pages of the Apprentice Work Report forms.

Open each PDF file and print copies.

Fill out the reports and bring them or mail them in to the Hall.

Apprentice Work Report (front)

Apprentice Work Report (back)

Would you take on the Shop Steward position at your jobsite? – IBEW Shop Steward Handbook

Saturday, September 12th, 2020

IBEW Local Union #1003 needs a few members that are prepared to be Shop Stewards on our jobsites.

This position is one of the most vital in the labour movement, and labour accords it great respect.SSHBook

As Shop Steward you will become a guardian of the democratic rights of union members in their place of work. Members will come and seek your opinion on many issues and learn to trust your advice regarding the Collective Agreement and working relationships.

As Steward, you will be given the responsibility of influencing the attitude of workers towards your local, the IBEW and the labour movement in general. Your attitude, patience, and understanding towards fellow employees and employers can help to create a positive view of your union.

If you are interested, a good first step is to come to the hall, declare your interest and pickup a copy of the IBEW Shop Steward Handbook.

A short video about IBEW’s Code of Excellence training

Monday, May 18th, 2020

IBEW Construction Code of Excellence

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Video: WorkSafeBC, falls from ladders.

Saturday, December 7th, 2019

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e-Transfer dues payments

Friday, March 1st, 2019

There is a new way to pay your Basic Dues via your online banking.

Local 1003 now accepts e-Transfers for the Basic Dues.

The email address for this transfer is

If you need assistance, contact your bank.

It’s great to belong to a union. But what are you giving back?

Saturday, January 26th, 2019

livebetterALMOST EVERY UNIONIZED TRADESPERSON can list all the advantages that come with union membership: benefits, pension, priority given to safety, training, mentorship and someone to watch your back. But have you given some thought to what you can give back to your union?

Sure, keeping your dues up to date helps the organization, but you have obligations and responsibilities in between as well.

“Union contracts are more expensive,” pointed out Mark Olsen, president of the BC Bargaining Council of Building Trades Unions. “We’re all selling a product. So do the best job, as safely as you can, every day.” But your involvement doesn’t stop there, he said. “We also need members to talk up the benefits of union membership. Don’t stay quiet about it.”

Some workers deliberately look for union work. Others become union members as a requirement of employment. There is so much misinformation circulating that many people have no idea what today’s unions do or how they function.

IBEWlogoBWMembers are the union. It’s such an obvious statement. But it comes as a shock to some members of the public that the head of the teachers’ union is a teacher, that the business manager of a trade union has worked on the tools and holds the top position because of being elected by co-workers.

Lee Loftus, president of the BC Building Trades Council, said there are many ways to help your union and “there’s not one piece that’s more important than another.” He said he’d like to see more members attending union meetings so that they can get involved in setting the course of the organization. “It’s crucial that it’s not just a core group of people that are making all the decisions.”

Union business goes way beyond negotiations and administering benefit and pension plans. “When you get a call to assist as a volunteer in a charitable way or in a demonstration, try to find the time to do that,” Loftus said. “It’s not a big deal and the payoff to you and the union is phenomenal.”

Jeremy Carlson, the youth rep for Insulators Local 118, has been working 12-hour shifts at Harmac Pulp Mill in Nanaimo for the past 14 days and was working in the North before that. “I’ve been away for a month and a half. It’s hard on me,” he admitted. He’s 28 and he and his girlfriend are expecting a baby in April. “But the union has given me so much,” he said. “It doesn’t hurt to give back. I make time,” he said.

His union has appointed him to the youth committees of the Canadian Labour Congress, the BC Federation of IBEW1003_logoLabour and Vancouver and District Labour Council. He likes working at all three levels and he’s made good friends with the youth activists from the other unions. “You have these bright, intelligent people beside you— we’re almost fearless. We want to see advances. The ideas are so grand—it just makes you smile. You’re serving all the [local union] members and you get a sense of accomplishment.”

His commitment to union principles extends beyond his own union. If he sees workers from other unions walking a picket line, he always goes off to buy doughnuts and coffee. Although the money comes out of his own pocket, he hands them out saying, “These are courtesy of Insulators Local 118. “It’s just my thing,” he said. “My girlfriend used to say, ‘Are you stopping again?’ and I’d say ‘Yes I am.’ She doesn’t even ask anymore.”

Carlson said it would be good to have more building trade representatives on the youth committee of the Vancouver and District Labour Council.

** Important ** MANDATORY TRAINING TO BE DONE BY MAY22nd, 2017- New electrical trades memorandum – Article 1009

Saturday, December 2nd, 2017


The Employer and the Union both recognize it is in the best interest of all parties to maintain a safe work place, and that begins with relevant safety education culture. In recognition of this, the Union will facilitate a safety training toolsprogram for the benefit of its members being “Ready for Work”. Such training will include, but will not be limited to: WHMIS, annual hearing test, basic fall arrest, and CSTS. As of May 22, 2017, the Union will not dispatch any members who do not hold the current certifications listed above and all current employees will be required to obtain these same certifications.


How do I get these certificates?

WHMIS 2015 is available online through the Western Jets Website (set a username and password and login on WJETS website then goto Online Training). When you are logged into WJETS and click Online Training there are further instructions highlighted in green on how to get on to the VU Biz  Site where the training is (at the vubiz site there are multiple versions of WHIMS listed, we need WHIMS 2015) When you are done, if you go back to the course listing you will see a “certificate” button next to the course. Go into that to print and/or save a copy of the certificate. Then you need to get a copy to the hall for filing.


Basic Fall Protection Awareness is available online through the Western Jets website  (set a username and password and login on WJETS website then goto Online Training) When you are logged into WJETS and click Online Training, there are further instructions highlighted in green on how to get on to the VU Biz Site where the training is. When you are done, if you go back to the course listing you will see a “certificate” button next to the course. Go into that to print and/or save a copy of the certificate. Then you need to get a copy to the hall for filing.


Hearing tests are available free of charge to all IBEW members, simply make an appointment at your local hearing clinic that provides industrial hearing tests and identify yourself as an IBEW Electrician and  give them the following worksafe number:  389407-013  ***note: the number has recently changed and you must use this new number.

In the West Kootenays, go to Kootenay Hearing Aid and Audilogy Clinic 250-304-2003 for Castlegar and 250-368-8668 for Trail. You’ll have to call ahead and make an appointment. You need to get a copy of the resulting WorksafeBC card to the Hall for filing.

In the East Kootenays there is no qualified industrial audiologist. We are arranging for a mobile testing van to come to Cranbrook to take care of our East Kootenay members. You will be contacted by the training department to set you up with an appointment when all is arranged. If you are getting your hearing tests through your current employer you need to get us a copy of your Worksafe BC hearing test card for filing.


BCCSACSTS09forwebCSTS – 09 (Construction Safety Training System)

Due to the IBEWs membership with BC Construction Safety Association all IBEW members receive CSTS free of charge. The course will be hosted at the Alberta Construction Safety Association website. If you don’t already have this certification, please contact the Union Hall for registration. When the office staff arranges for your registration, an email containing your username, password, and login instructions will be forwarded to you. When you complete this course, the certificate will be sent to the Hall and we will file one copy and mail one to you. (The forwarded email will say that the certificate comes to you directly but ignore that part.)

*Note: CSTS – 09 will NOT work on a mobile phone or tablet.


What about my existing certificates?

Your existing certificates in most cases are all that are required. Please contact your local business office to be sure your current certificates are on file.

IBEW Annual Picnic 2017 went well. (w/photos)

Wednesday, September 13th, 2017

Thanks to everyone that came out to the annual 1003 picnic. Turn out was pretty good, just a few less than last year. We had lots of food and good company. There was some rain but, with how dry it is, no-one seemed to mind. Thanks to Dale Anderson, Ray Keen, Ryan Rosse, and Tim Lucas for doing setup, cooking, and cleanup. Thanks to Cullen Pinter for providing us with some awesome guitar playing. Proceeds from the 50/50 draw, about $86, went to the Nelson food bank along with some surplus food.