In memory of past Business Manager Greg Booth IBEW LU1 created the Greg Booth Community Service Award The purpose of the award is to recognize those brothers and sisters who go above and beyond as volunteers and advocates in our communities.
Twelve year member Rodney Cook, an industrial electrician at GKN Aerospace, became the first recipient of this award. Brother Rodney and his wife Gretchen are the founders of American Gratitude, an organization with the goal of honoring veterans as they return home and transition into civilian life.
GREGORY W. BOOTH
Gregory W. Booth, Business Manager, IBEW Local #1 died Sunday, August 26, 2012.
During Greg’s 30 years in our industry he has held every position including steward (job-site and shop), foreman, and general foreman. As Greg learned the skills of our trade he felt a calling to serve the working people of his community and the IBEW. Greg’s commitment to the betterment of IBEW Local 1 extended outside his normal work day as he became active in local Labor and Politics. His willingness to serve and his eager participation in our Local Union led to his appointment by Business Manager Donald Bresnan as an IBEW COMET Instructor (an unpaid position) in 1993, a responsibility that he would dutifully perform until 1999. One year later in 1994 Business Manager Bob Miller recognized Greg’s talent and commitment and offered him a full-time staff position as an Organizer and recommended him for appointment to the Examining Board, a recommendation that was unanimously accepted. During this time in our recent history Greg worked closely with our 11th District International Organization on several manufacturing organizing drives while still managing successful “top-down” organizing of electrical contractors in St Louis, never once “stripping” employees. Greg’s success as an organizer led to his appointment as a business representative in 1999 in the St. Charles, Warren, and Lincoln counties of our jurisdiction. Mentored by the late Business Representative Jim Reinheimer, Greg successfully negotiated multiple contracts many of which resulted in higher wage and benefit percentages than afforded by the concurrent Inside Agreement. Throughout his entire career Greg has continually worked to supplement his skills by continuing his education both in and outside our great organization. In 2003 Greg was one of only 60 people selected to attend the prestigious leadership training course FOCUS. As General (and President) Dwight D Eisenhower said, ““In preparing for battle, I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable,” and we all know planning means nothing without the qualifications required for success. Brother Greg Booth’s extensive list of qualifications modeled a 24/7 commitment to our brotherhood and to the St Louis labor community at large. Greg Booth’s decision to lead us was made decades ago and his immersion in “all things labor” served to foster strong personal relationships with virtually every labor leader in St Louis. Brother Booth’s holistic understanding of the structural hierarchy within the organized labor community and his deep understanding and involvement in our state legislature prepared him more than anyone else to lead the IBEW. Greg's legacy and will continues in the hearts and minds of his staff who continue to carry his mission forward. God Bless Greg Booth and God Bless the IBEW! Thank you Greg for giving us all you had!
Bro. Gregory W. Booth
IBEW Local #1
IBEW COMET Instructor
Member 30 Years
August 26, 2012
Frank D. Jacobs, F.S