IBEW Local 1

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The St Louis Electrical Industry Training Center

The Electrical Industry Training Center 2014 - Copyright IBEW Local 1 (c) 



The St. Louis Electrical Industry Training Center is the nation's best high-tech learning facility for apprentice and journeyman electricians and communication technicians. This is where IBEW Local #1 electricians and contractors obtain training in all established and emerging technologies, participate in continuing education and training to ensure responsiveness to owners' present and future needs, apply technological innovations to reduce costs, improve quality, and expedite production and service, and take advantage of technology and other tools to customize training to meet the specific needs of facility owners and buyers of construction.

Our training center is managed by the St. Louis Area Electricians Joint Apprenticeship & Training Committee. This committee includes members from IBEW Local #1 and electrical contractors signatory to the IBEW agreement, including members of the St. Louis Chapter, National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA).

Apprentice and journeyman training is our most important priority. The funding commitment by IBEW and NECA exceeds $2 million per year. Program rigor far exceeds any non-IBEW training program. The results: a knowledgeable and reliable work force whose members keep pace with rapid changes in technology.

The St. Louis Council of Construction Consumers, the local arm of the Business Roundtable, has repeatedly recognized the excellence of the St. Louis Electrical Construction Industry's outstanding training programs with its Construction Industry Cost Effectiveness Award.

Please contact us directly to:
1) Learn more about careers in the electrical and communication construction industry;
2) Join a tour at the St. Louis Electrical Industry Training Center;
3) Engage a speaker for our classroom; or
4) If qualified, sign up for our night school programs.

St. Louis Electrical Industry Training Center
2300 Hampton
St. Louis, Missouri 63139
(314) 644-3587
(314) 644-3589 (fax)
Dennis Gralike, Director
Tim Kelley, Superintendent of Related Instruction


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Brothers and Sisters,

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics over 4000 workers are killed on the job each year. That’s an average of over 12 per day. Many of these lost workers leave behind spouses and children struggling to make ends meet and unsure about their future.

The families who suffer these losses need support in many ways, but one of the most important is access to a good education. The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), through the ASSE Foundation, have created a Family Scholarship Fund to help these families meet this need.

The Family Scholarship Fund provides scholarships to the grieving families of fallen workers. Spouses and children of workers lost on the job qualify for this scholarship if they are U.S. citizens, enrolled as full time students seeking a degree, have a GPA of 2.5 or higher and can demonstrate a financial need.

To be considered you generally need to be nominated by an ASSE member. However, if you’re eligible but don’t know an ASSE member you can contact Brenda Kay Zylstra at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for consideration.

The Family Scholarship Fund is an excellent resource to help the families of our lost workers move forward. If you believe you or a family member qualifies or you would like to help support this fund with a donation you can find more information at their website: http://www.asse.org/foundation/fsf/

Please spread the word about this resource for the families of lost workers and consider making a donation to the Family Scholarship fund if you can.

In Unity,

Frank Jacobs

Business Manager

IBEW Local One (St. Louis)

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NEWS RELEASE March 10, 2015

For more information, contact Steve Houston at 314-303-0951.

IBEW Local One Business Manager Frank D. Jacobs

Named to Saint Louis Science Center Board of Trustees

Greg Booth Community Service Award

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, 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

Journeyman Wireman

Business Manager

IBEW Local #1

Business Representative


IBEW COMET Instructor

Examining Board



Member 30 Years

August 26, 2012

                                                                                                                           Frank D. Jacobs, F.S

Honoring our Veterans 2014!
Brothers and Sisters,

     The staff and administration of IBEW Local 1 offer our heartfelt thanks to all the men and women who have served and continue to serve in our country's Armed Services. May God bless and keep you always. The Proclamation below is from our Commander in Chief on this Veterans Day 2014:




Today, we are reminded of our solemn obligation: to serve our veterans as well as they have served us. As we continue our responsible draw-down from the war in Afghanistan and more members of our military return to civilian life, we must support their transition and make sure they have access to the resources and benefits they have earned. My Administration is working to end the tragedy of homelessness among our veterans, and we are committed to providing them with quality health care, access to education, and the tools they need to find a rewarding career. As a Nation, we must ensure that every veteran has the chance to share in the opportunity he or she has helped to defend. Those who have served in our Armed Forces have the experience, skills, and dedication necessary to achieve success as members of our civilian workforce, and it is critical that we harness their talent.

Across our country, veterans who fought to protect our democracy around the globe are strengthening it here at home. Once leaders in the Armed Forces, they are now pioneers of industry and pillars of their communities. Their character reflects our enduring American spirit, and in their example, we find inspiration and strength.
This day, and every day, we pay tribute to America's sons and daughters who have answered our country's call. We recognize the sacrifice of those who have been part of the finest fighting force the world has ever known and the loved ones who stand beside them. We will never forget the heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice and all those who have not yet returned home. As a grateful Nation, let us show our appreciation by honoring all our veterans and working to ensure the promise of America is within the reach of all who have protected it.

With respect for and in recognition of the contributions our service members have made to the cause of peace and freedom around the world, the Congress has provided (5 U.S.C. 6103(a)) that November 11 of each year shall be set aside as a legal public holiday to honor our Nation's veterans.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim November 11, 2014, as Veterans Day. I encourage all Americans to recognize the valor and sacrifice of our veterans through appropriate public ceremonies and private prayers. I call upon Federal, State, and local officials to display the flag of the United States and to participate in patriotic activities in their communities. I call on all Americans, including civic and fraternal organizations, places of worship, schools, and communities to support this day with commemorative expressions and programs.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this seventh day of November, in the year of our Lord two thousand fourteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-ninth.

Barack Obama

Veterans Day 2014 Poster
Task Force Power

IBEW Local One is proud of our members supporting our troops in Afghanistan. The Inspector General of the Department of Defense evaluated electrical safety and the IBEW was called in the ensure the safety of our men and women in uniform.

Article by John Moyle, PS. Reprinted from the St Louis Powercast website



For the 11th year the St. Louis Electrical Connection came out in support of Rebuilding Together St. Louis. Brothers and sisters of IBEW Local One came out in force on their day off to lend a hand to Rebuilding Together St. Louis. Dave Roth, Business Representative and Treasurer for IBEW Local One, organized and coordinated this volunteer effort again as he has done for years now. This year 16 St. Louis NECA Electrical Contractors and about 100 IBEW members took on repairs and improvements at 26 homes across the St. Louis area.

IBEW Local One’s members help Rebuilding Together assist people throughout St. Louis primarily by working hard to make their electrical service safe. From rerouting a house’s main service to adding a GFI outlet in a bathroom, the local’s volunteers are their making homes safer and better.

Special thanks to the following electrical contractors who donated the use of 25 service trucks, tools, ladders and more:

Rebuilding Together is a national organization with a chapter in St. Louis. They believe every one should have a safe and healthy home. These folks spend all year identifying disabled and elderly people in need, identifying where they need help and planning their annual one day blitz to make these homes right for the residents. If this sounds great to you why not consider volunteering with them?

The Following are a few pictures from this years event. For more pictures check out IBEW Local One’s Facebook page - here


Business Representative and Rebuilding Together organizer Dave Roth jumped in with his tools while coordinating the repairs on 26 homes!

Thank you everyone!

IBEW/NECA Service Center

The IBEW/NECA Service Center serves IBEW Local 1, 34, 197, 257, 309, 350, 649, & 702
and also houses the offices of the Electrical Connection Labor Management Cooperation Committee


The IBEW-NECA Service Center was established in 1961 as a Missouri not-for-profit to administer benefit funds professionally for the benefit of IBEW members. It functions through the continuing cooperative efforts of the sponsoring organizations, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local #1 and the St. Louis Chapter, National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA).

The Center provides administrative services for 18 employee benefit funds affiliated with eight IBEW Local Unions and three NECA Chapter Offices. The funds benefit more than 10,000 participants.

The center and its 18-member professional staff are recognized nationally as a model for professional IBEW funds management. The center evolves constantly to adopt new "best practices" and apply effective technology to managing funds and data. Staff members include an overall administrator, an assistant administrator, a nurse, an auditor, six claims processors, five bookkeepers and three administrative staff. The center's move to new facilities at 5735 Elizabeth on March 1, 2004 further advance the ability of the Service Center to meet the future needs of IBEW members.

IBEW-NECA Service Center
5735 Elizabeth
St. Louis MO 63110
(314) 752-2330

IBEW supports the Lions Fair

The Overland Lions Community Fair is well on its way to getting ready for the Fair!

State of IOWA

Brothers and Sisters holding a JW A Classification,

Many of you have signed up in Burlington Iowa Local 13 and are aware of the licensing requirements. IBEW Local 1 has compiled the following guidelines to assist you in the application process.

Labor Day 2014

Thank you to everyone who came out to share their Labor Day with us! A special thanks to the IBEW Local 1 BBQ crew and all the volunteers who gave up their day to ensure the IBEW Local 1, 2, 4, 1439, and 1455 families had a great time!! Thank you!! 


Enjoy these pictures of the parade on Flickr (CLICK HERE)


Enjoy these pictures of the picnic on Flickr  (CLICK HERE)

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Rodney and Gretchen Cook

Our Heroes Deserve Proper Welcomes

By John Moyle, Press Secretary IBEW Local 1

Twelve year IBEW Local One member Rodney Cook, an Industrial Electrician at GKN Aerospace believes every veteran whose been honorably discharged from the American Armed Forces deserve a proper welcome home. In 2012 he and his wife Gretchen started an organization called Mission: American Gratitude ( http://www.missionamericangratitude.com/) to do just that in the Riverbend area of Illinois.

We want our veterans to feel like heroes when they come home and thank them for their service and the sacrifices they made for all of us” Brother Cook said. “We also want to rekindle the patriotic spirit and pride our communities used to have.”


Mission: American Gratitude makes every effort to make our returning veterans feel like heroes. The organization is dependent on the family and friends of returning veterans notifying them in advance. However, once they have the details, they reach out in all directions seeking to enlist every possible resource available to surprise that veteran with a proper welcome. Mayoral proclamations, military and school bands, representatives and honors from veteran’s organizations like the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and the USO, Police and Fire escorts as well as miles of full size American flags and digital signs welcoming them home by name are all possible surprises for returning veterans thanks to this organization.


Mission: American Gratitude is also working on a new program called Operation: Let It Wave which will provide and install an American-made, American Flag on the home of any veteran in their area who does not have one. Brother Cook hopes that this program will promote patriotism by motivating neighbors to fly their own flags while also honoring local veterans.

Mission: American Gratitude is also reaching out to other veterans organizations to help develop a network of local support to help ease the transition into civilian life for local veterans and their families. Developing resources for PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) is the top priority though many other ideas are on the drawing board as well.


What makes organizations like this one work are the volunteers and supporters. “Just 20 minutes on a line waving a flag for a returning veteran is a positive force that will be remembered for the remainder of that returning service member’s life” said Cook. He is always looking for volunteers and is currently supporting about 90% of the costs of the organization personally. If you would like more information about how you can help check out their webpage at: http://www.missionamericangratitude.com and be sure to click the “Contact” link at the top of the page if you’d like to volunteer, make a donation, start a chapter near you, notify them about a returning honorable discharged veteran, or just say thank you.


Rodney and Gretchen Cook - American Gratitude