Iron workers Union of America

International Association/Bridge & Structural Iron Workers

History

In the late 1880's , steel replaced wood & stone as a primary load- carrying material in the erection of bridges and buildings. Through the thoughts of caring for families, in times of sickness/injury, the voices of workers were heard. Henceforth the Iron workers Union was established February 4th 1896.

The Union currently has 120,000 members in North America. Members of the Union have worked on some of the major constructions of American History, such as the Golden Gate Bridge, the World Trade Center, the Sears Tower and many others.

Projects

Majorities

Today the Union is spread throughout the United States and parts of Canada. Though Houston Pennsylvania, is where most of the focus is right now. The Union supports safety within the workforce and skillfully, to get the job done right.

They provide many benefits and support for the members. These benefits include the advantage of working under a collective bargaining agreement that brings bigger paychecks, better health and retirement benefits, more secure jobs, and safe working conditions.

They now have their own Constitution by union members and employers follow.

Iron Worker- Facts

Union members earn better wages and benefits than workers who aren't union members. On average, union workers’ wages are 28 percent higher than their nonunion counterparts.


  • While only 19 percent of nonunion workers have guaranteed pensions, fully 78 percent of union workers do.
  • More than 84 percent of union workers have jobs that provide health insurance benefits, but only 64 percent of nonunion workers do. Unions help employers create a more stable, productive workforce—where workers have a say in improving their jobs.
  • Unions help bring workers out of poverty and into the middle class. In fact, in states where workers don’t have union rights, workers’ incomes are lower.


  • Close to 10,000 participants have completed approximately 400,000 hours of training during the 29 years of the Annual Iron worker Instructor Training Program.

  • The Bureau of Labor Statistics' Occupational Outlook handbook predicts faster-than-average job growth the next eight years for carpenters, masons and iron and steel workers across the nation.