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New, non-member registration to be added to our books is currently CLOSED through June 2023.  Please check back for future updates.

Registration Sessions For New, Non-Members

Becoming registered with IBEW Local 876 (commonly referred to as "Getting on our Out-of-Work Books") is a simple and straightforward process that begins with one of our monthly registration sessions at the Union Hall. These sessions provide prospective members with an overview of the benefits of union membership and the steps required to join. 

Attending a registration session does not guarantee acceptance or admission into IBEW Local 876.  These sessions are merely one step in becoming a member. 


For more information about our formal Apprenticeship Programs, please click here.



Registration sessions are held once a month, in groups.  Pre-registration for these sessions is required, and spaces are limited.  Contact the hall at 616-784-1133 to secure your spot in one of these sessions.  

Currently closed for new, non-members through June 2023. 
Please check back for future updates.


Attend a Group Registration

Be sure to bring documentation regarding your past experience - any applicable certificates, driving endorsements, proof of hours worked in related fields, etc.  This information will help ensure we get you placed on the right list.  Our experienced representatives will also answer any questions you may have and guide you through the registration process.

NO EXPERIENCE IS NECESSARY.  We have a place for you even if you're just starting in the trade!

Attending a registration session and gaining access to our books does not grant you membership to the IBEW.  It is merely the second step in a process towards becoming a member. 


Watch & Bid

After registration, you'll receive access to our job bidding books - the next step in becoming a member.  Prospective members are encouraged to watch the books for available jobs, and bid on any jobs they are interested in and qualified for.  The bid system is described in more detail during the registration session.


Accept A Position

If your bid is accepted, our Dispatcher will reach out to let you know, and schedule a time for you to come back to the Union Hall to fill out new member paperwork.  You'll also be given a date and time to attend one of our General Membership meetings - where you will officially be inducted into membership.


Come to Initiation

Attend your assigned General Membership meeting, which is when your application to join IBEW Local 876 will be voted on by the assembled members.  If the assembled membership approves, you will then be an official IBEW member.

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