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IBEW Local 488, Bridgeport Connecticut, received its charter April 1, 1913, with nineteen original members. For over 100 years, Local 488 has grown to provide the cities and towns of northwestern and southwestern Connecticut with a highly trained workforce. With a mission to create and ensure a workplace that provides safety, fairness and dignity for all our members, we stand for the ideals that have made America the great nation that it is today: democracy, equal opportunities and a chance to live the American dream. Please contact us with your questions!

Daniel W. McInerney, Business Manager

We regret to inform on the passing of Brother Kenneth F. Spodnik, October 21, 1937 - June 6, 2021. Kenneth F. Spodnik, age 83, of Milford, beloved husband of Peggy (Sweeney) Spodnik, passed away peacefully on June 6, 2021, surrounded by his loving family at Bishop Wicke Health & Rehabilitation Center in Shelton, CT.  Born in Bridgeport on October 21, 1937, the son of the late John and Dorothy Spodnik, he was a longtime Milford resident. Ken graduated from Stratford High School and served in the CT National Guard, where he was honorably discharged as a Sergeant.  Ken was an...
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We received the following manpower request from Local 99 Rhode Island.  Local 488 members interested in signing Book 2 must obtain a Rhode Island Electrical License.  Members can sign up for Test Prep Classes by following the instructions below.  The majority of upcoming work will be solar, and there will be public work coming out also.   (From Local 99) Brothers and Sisters, Local 99 will be running a Rhode Island Journeyman (Certificate B) Test Prep Classes on Wednesday’s: 5.19.21, 5.26.21 and 6.2.21 from 5-8 pm.   Instructor may add more...
Read the latest OpEd from CT LMCC Director and former State Senator and Mayor of Bridgeport CT: https://ctmirror.org/category/ct-viewpoints/a-fair-deal-for-building-trades/  The United States, since 1931, has required that a living wage, a prevailing wage for each region of the country, along with suitable retirement and health care benefits be paid on any job spending significant federal funds.  Half of the states of our country have passed their own “Prevailing Wage Laws” to require similar fair treatment of workers on projects built with state funds.  Many...
When you drive by a construction site and see license plates from a bunch of other states, doesn’t that make you wonder — why aren’t local workers building local buildings? Don’t you wish that you could wave a magic wand and keep all the money spent on these projects recirculating in our local economies? Well, there is a magic wand — it’s called a Project Labor Agreement, or PLA. A PLA puts all the community benefits into a written agreement ensuring projects are built on time and on budget. John DeStefano (D), former mayor of New Haven, Mark Boughton (R) former mayor of Danbury, and John...
The union offices are open to limited foot traffic.  Masks are required and hand sanitizer is available for use. The hall and your representatives are available to assist members as we mitigate through this unprecedented time. To slow the spread of Covid-19, please take note of the following: • Business can still be conducted over the phone to limit foot traffic at the hall, this includes Book 1 Referrals. • If you become unemployed due to the coronavirus, please contact us by phone. • If you need to file for unemployment or an extension of benefits, you can...
Per Connecticut's re-opening rules (effective 3/19/2021), we can accommodate up to 60 members for upcoming membership meetings. Face masks required Social distancing required Temperature will be checked  Hand sanitizer will be available
Working with the best Electricians in Bridgeport, Danbury, Norwalk, Torrington, and Waterbury means that customers of our signatory contractors are able to reduce their ongoing energy and operating costs, and create healthier, safer, and more productive working environments for their workers, improving their health, productivity, and profitability. As more and more companies, developers, commercial real estate firms, healthcare facilities and others in Connecticut strive for energy efficiency via the LEED Certification, the Bridgeport and Western CT Electricians are poised...
These days, much is written, and discussed, about the so called "Right to Work."  It is important to distinguish between the human Right to Work, as it pertains to basic human rights, and the latest proposals in Connecticut. Organized electricians join the working men and women across America in fighting this attempt to artificially lower our wages by placing tradesmen and women who have organized at a distinct disadvantage.