Code of Conduct

The success and reputation of Winema Electric, Inc. is built on the principles of fair dealing and the ethical conduct of our employees. Our reputation for integrity and excellence requires careful observance of the spirit and letter of all applicable laws and regulations, as well as a scrupulous regard for the highest standards of conduct and personal integrity.

We are dependent on our customers’ trust and confidence. All employees are expected and required to follow the Code of Conduct, established to maintain efficiency and productivity, to ensure the safety and well-being of employees at work, to communicate expectations for employee behavior, and to comply with local, state, and federal regulations.

On the job, and as representatives of Winema Electric, it is expected that all employees are:

  • COMMITTED - eliminating unexcused, improper, or excessive absenteeism or tardiness.

  • CLEAN & SOBER - at no time shall an employee be under the influence of alcohol, illegal drugs, and/or other controlled or uncontrolled substances that may affect the employee’s abilities or safety.

  • RESPECTFUL OF OTHERS - we have a zero-tolerance policy against abusive, intimidating, harmful, harassing, or offensive language and behavior.

  • SAFETY CONSCIOUS - observing all safety rules, taking all applicable safety courses, making safety a number one priority, and reading the safety manual are all requirements.

  • FOCUSED - no loafing, sleeping on the job, excessive personal phone calls, visitors during work hours, or performing personal business on company time.

  • HONEST - taking responsibility to eliminate theft and falsification of information or other dishonest activities.

  • MATURE - no fighting, scuffling, or harmful practical jokes and horseplay.

  • PROTECTIVE - preventing abuse of company and/or client equipment, materials, or other property, and not soliciting on company or client premises.

  • COURTEOUS - treating others in a polite and professional manner, even during disagreements.

  • TRUSTWORTHY - acting in a manner that allows co-workers, subordinates, and/or management to believe in and trust one another.

  • COMPLIANT - consistently following the policies and procedures as outlined in the Employee Handbook. Violations of the Code of Conduct will result in disciplinary action, up to and including termination of employment.

IBEW Code of Excellence

The Code of Excellence is a program designed to bring out the best in our construction members and demonstrate to our customers that IBEW members:

Exercise safe and productive work practices
Perform the highest quality and quantity of work
Utilize their skills and abilities to the maximum

The Code of Excellence is not only about an IBEW job built right the first time, on schedule and under budget, it is also about pride in IBEW membership and craftsmanship and leaving a lasting impression of quality workmanship with the customer…thus, prompting them to again employ the IBEW on future projects. The Code of Excellence program is also a means to build and project positive attitudes about who we are and the work we do…on and off the job.

Local Union training with respect to the Code of Excellence program may be facilitated by an International Representative, but regardless of delivery method or by whom, Code of Excellence program training is to convey a strong message that IBEW construction members will:

  • Come to work on time, fit for duty, and ready to work.

  • Obey recognized customer and employer work rules.

  • Demonstrate zero tolerance for alcohol and substance abuse.

  • Exercise proper safety, health and sanitation practices.

  • Own up to ‘8 for 8’ and be on the job unless otherwise allowed or authorized to leave.

  • Follow safe, reasonable and legitimate management directives.

  • Encourage respect for customers’ rights and property, as well as for others on the job.

  • Exercise the skills and abilities of the trade

  • Care for tools and equipment provided by the employer.

  • Eliminate waste and other forms of property destruction, including graffiti.

  • Limit lunch and break times to allocated periods; adhere to established start and quit times.

  • Leave inappropriate behavior to those of lesser knowledge.

  • Employ the proper tool for the job and maintain personal tool responsibilities.

  • Not solicit funds or sell merchandise without the Business Manager’s approval.

  • Curtail idle time or pursuit of personal business during work hours, including cell phone use.

  • Expel job disruptions and refuse to engage in slowdowns or activities designed to extend the job or create overtime or any other conduct that would cast the IBEW in a bad light.

As with Stewards, IBEW members employed in management/supervision must have knowledge of the Code of Excellence program principles, its relationship to IBEW organizing and overall membership responsibilities to the Brotherhood. Yet, more importantly, members in these roles need know how - effectively managing their jobs will be a corresponding obligation to the Code of Excellence program. IBEW ‘rank and file’ members honoring the Code of Excellence program will rightfully have similar expectations of Brothers and Sisters in management/supervision, with these being in the areas of:

  • Management responsibilities to the collective bargaining agreement

  • Total acceptance of supervisory positions and related responsibilities

  • Communication and cooperation with the job Steward

  • Employee encouragement but, if necessary, fair and consistent discipline

  • Job safety, health, and sanitation needs or requirements

  • Ample job layout/directions to minimize down time and maximize employee productivity

  • Availability and timely delivery of necessary materials

  • Proper number and type of tools and equipment to ensure job progress

  • Maintenance and upkeep of tools and equipment

  • Storage and protection of employer and employee tools and equipment

  • Employ adequate number of employees to perform efficiently or, conversely, limit number of employees to the work at hand


Members of NECA declare and proclaim the activities of partnering and Code of Excellence with IBEW are intended to result in well-paying jobs to satisfy the economic needs of families, including: food, housing, health care, education, recreation, and economic security in retirement. The purpose of partnering is also to fulfill emotional and physical needs through skilled, productive work, respect, dignity, and inclusion on challenging yet safe projects. Partnering will also allow labor and management to share new experience with proper recognition and appreciation to all who participate.

Ethics is knowing the difference between what you have a right to do and what is right to do.