Political Action Committee

If not for labor unions, there would be no organized voice for working people in the political process. Virtually every special interest group has political action committees who help elect sympathetic candidates and make sure their voices are heard by government decision-makers. Wealthy individuals like the Koch Brothers spend hundreds of millions of dollars trying to influence the political process, and you can be sure their interests do not align with yours! These are the same people who want to end labor unions through “right to work for less” laws, fund the Tea Party extremists, eliminate prevailing wage and project labor agreements, and make it harder for average citizens to vote.

IBEW Local 494 has been hard at work defending your rights in Madison, the Courthouse, and City Hall.  IBEW Local 494 is involved in politics to make sure the voices of working people are heard loud and clear. We support candidates who support the interests of working people and value economic development and the importance of a hard day’s work. We also participate politically to make sure the wages and standards that organized labor has fought so hard for remain intact. After all, the best negotiated contract can be undone with a single piece of legislation.

This is why it is imperative for IBEW members to get involved, and stay involved, at every level of the union and our country's political process. We must not be satisfied until every IBEW member is registered to vote. We must see to it that our members meet and get to know candidates personally, volunteer to work on campaigns, and vote.

We must help elect to office those whose views and ideals are sympathetic to the issues affecting working men and women in our country, regardless of their political party. IBEW Local 494 does support political candidates of both parties, as well as independents. If a candidate has the support of our members and our local union supports the political fund, we will send a campaign contribution upon request. We must communicate our views to all elected officials, and most of all, we must educate our members on the important political issues and encourage them to register to vote.

We have always known we may not be able to match corporate spending dollar for dollar. However, if we support our political fund, educate, and motivate our members, we can elect labor friendly candidates and keep our friends in office.

If you are interested signing your PAC check off card or volunteering to make phone calls or knock on doors, please contact John T. Zapfel: 414-327-5202 or jz@ibew494.com  

Why the IBEW
Jul 29, 2020

Why the IBEW.pdf

Composite Plan Actuarial Study WCT July 2020
Jul 23, 2020

Composite Plan Actuarial Study WCT July 2020.pdf

IBEW Local 494 Endorsed Candidates
Mar 10, 2021
Election time is here. Every election cycle you’re reminded by your Local, Local 494, of how important it is to get out and vote and to choose a candidate whose interests align with Labor. Local 494’s PAC (Political Action Committee) has one interest when interviewing candidates and that is Labor…ALL LABOR.
IBEW Local 494 Candidate Endorsement Application
Nov 08, 2017

Electricians Licensing in Wisconsin
Jul 26, 2017
Electricians Licensing in Wisconsin 2007 Senate Bill 167 – a bill with bipartisan support – passed the legislature establishing a state electrical code and state electricians license.
Volunteer Opportunities
Apr 26, 2018
If you are interested in volunteering please contact JZ, 414.327.5202 or jz@ibew494.com
Legislative Leaders for the 2017-2018 Legislative Session
Apr 26, 2018
The transition from one legislative session to the next begins with the selection of legislative leaders by themajority and minority parties in the State Senate and State Assembly.
Election Dates
Sep 21, 2021
ELECTION DATES 2022 Spring Primary - Tuesday, February 15 Spring Election - Tuesday, April 5 Fall Primary - Tuesday, August 9 General Election - Tuesday, November 8 2023 Spring Primary - Tuesday, February 21 Spring Election - Tuesday, April 4 2024 Spring Primary - Tuesday, February 20 Spring Election - Tuesday, April 2 Fall Primary - Tuesday, August 13 General Election - Tuesday, November 5
Moving Foward
Nov 22, 2016
There are more than 13,000 local elected positions in the state of Wisconsin and each of those offices have more of an immediate impact on many of our lives than any other branch or level of government.

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