IBEW History


The following history tells the story of the courageous men and women who made the IBEW what it is today. The legacy of our founders reflects the unwavering goal of today’s leaders: joining electricians in a common organization to make a better life for all. We hope this story inspires you with the spirit of trade unionism as we build the IBEW of the future.

Canadian Labour Report

The above stories are from They Dared to Dream, an 18-part history of the IBEW that was compiled by the staff of the IBEW Journal: J.J. Barry, editor; Mary Ann Van Meter, directory; Carol Cipolari, supervisor; Thorn Pozen, Margaret Bamber and Ruth Cobb, senior editorial assistants, published in 1991 for the IBEW Journal and the 1991 IBEW Convention.

1973 - IBEW Building
1125 15th Street NW
Washington, D.C.

2005 - IBEW Building
900 Seventh Street NW
Washington, D.C.

1891 - Stolley's Dance Hall
St. Louis, Missouri

1898 - Powers Building
Rochester, New York


1905 - Pierik Building
Springfield, Illinois


1929 - IBEW Building
1200 15th Street NW
Washington, D.C.


1955 - IBEW Building
renovated and expanded
1200 15th Street NW
Washington, D.C.