The CE/CW program is not a dead-end program. It is designed to provide a pathway to Journey-Level status for those willing to complete minimal-training, mostly through study sessions and hands-on training given at Asheville's JATC location and the Forest City location. The CE/CW would have to purchase their own codebook and text books depending on how serious and how far they would like to go in the electrical field. CW Advancement process is based on hours worked and after they enter the CE classification they would have to take written and hands-on examiniations to be upgraded.
Wages, like for apprentices, are based on a percentage of the current journeyman hourly rate. Benefits will also vary in the CE/CW program. NEBF is a pension plan that begins immediately for everyone at no cost to the employee. Upon retirement one also receives a pension from the IBEW for each year of membership.There is also a Local Pension Plan wherein the employer pays a contribution for all workers with the classification of CE1, CE2, CE3 and for journeyman level workers. There are no deductions in wages for the NEBF pension or the local retirements program. One does, of course, pay union dues which are approximately $40 for CW, $45 for CE per month. The IBEW also provides a death benefit for its retired members.
HEALTH INSURANCE is provided for all CW/CE with the classification of CW1B and higher. Family coverage can be purchased for $131 a month.