The Northwest Washington Electrical Industry JATC is a joint Labor - Management training program established by Local Union No. 191 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and the Cascade Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association. It is an employee benefit plan responsible for providing training for journeymen, apprentices and others who are employed in the electrical industry under Collective Bargaining Agreements between the Local Union and the Chapter. Its geographical area covers the counties of Chelan, Douglas, Grant, Island, Okanogan, San Juan, Skagit, Snohomish and Whatcom in Northwest Washington.
The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) is the largest electrical union in the world. The IBEW represents workers' rights in all areas of the electrical and telecommunications industry.
The National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) represents union electrical contractors, who guarantee their installations, who perform quality work on time and on budget, and who take a special interest in their employees.
To provide the highly skilled workforce necessary to meet customer needs and ensure job satisfaction for electrical workers, the IBEW and NECA have teamed up to sponsor the most rigorous and respected apprenticeship training programs.
The Electrical Training ALLIANCE (previously called NJATC) was created over 70 years ago as a joint training program between the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) aimed at training the best electrical workers the industry has to offer. Today, the Electrical Training ALLIANCE has developed into the largest apprenticeship and training program of its kind, having trained over 350,000 apprentices to journeyman status through local affiliate programs.
Over the years, the Electrical Training ALLIANCE has continually trained the best craftsperson in the industry without cost to the taxpayers. Students in the Electrical Training ALLIANCE training programs earn while they learn by doing apprenticeships. Not only does this allow students to earn an income while in school, it also creates new tax revenue for the economy. Each year, participants in the Electrical Training ALLIANCE programs pay in excess of six hundred million dollars in taxes. This is truly a model program as it takes little to nothing from the taxpayers while training some of the most productive workers in the world who thereby pay tremendous dollars to the country. The Electrical Training ALLIANCE developed uniform standards that are adopted and used nationwide to select and train thousands of qualified men and women each year.
On September 1, 1945 the State of Washington approved Standards of Apprenticeship for the Northwest Washington Electrical JATC. These Standards provide the legal framework by which the apprenticeship training program operates, setting forth the rights and responsiblities of the program and the apprentices that it trains. Over the years the program has grown with the population of the area and with mergers of Local Unions. There are currently over 400 apprentices being trained in the program in an area covering over 1/4 of the State of Washington.
The training functions of the JATC are controlled by a Committee made up of six members: three representing labor, who are designated by the Local Union and three representing management, who are designated by the NECA Chapter. The financial matters of the program are controlled by a Board of Trustees, made up of the same individuals who serve as JATC Committee members.