Thank you Arnold City Council

IBEW Local 1 salutes the Arnold City Council for supporting working families in Missouri!! THANK YOU from all of us!

Press release announcing the resolution:





ARNOLD Resolution designed to protect working families:

No. __________



Whereas, numerous studies have demonstrated, and our own experience and common sense have confirmed, that central locations, good transportation infrastructure, infrastructure, a good skilled and stable workforce, the value and availability of business incentives, reasonable tax rates, high caliber public services, and low energy cost are the most important factors influencing business relocation and economic development; and

Whereas, these circumstances make it clear to the City Council that policies that undercut the success of working families and threaten the stability of the middle class do not result in enhanced economic development and, in fact, lead to long term erosion of economic vitality as well as degradation of the social fabric of the community; and

Whereas, so-called “right-to-work” law interfere with the successful labor-management partnership and dynamic bargaining process that has been so vital to the growth and success of the American middle class and has resulted in the most efficient, productive and stable workforce ever seen; and

Whereas, the Arnold City Council believes there is no reason why the Missouri General Assembly should overturn decades of successful labor-management practice, jeopardize the success and stability of working class families and the American middle class, ignore the will of the people, and pander to out-of-state corporate special interests by adopting so-called “right-to-work” polices that are demonstrably unsuccessful as an economic development tool and contrary to the public well-being;


That the Arnold City Council expresses a firm position in support of Missouri’s working families and middle class and urges opposition of the so-called “right-to-work” or “freedom to work” laws and calls on Missouri General Assembly to focus instead on creating jobs and improving Missouri’s economy for all Missourians.

READ TWO TIMES, PASSED AND APPROVED THIS _______ DAY OF __________________, 2014.


Presiding Officer of the City Council



October 16, 2014

Mr. Jeffrey P. Aboussie
Executive Secretary-Treasurer
Building and Construction Trades Council
2300 Hampton Avenue, Suite B
Saint Louis, Missouri 63139
Fax: (314) 647-0631

Dear Jeff:

I am pleased to inform the Saint Louis Building and Construction Trades that Chauvin Coffee Company of Saint Louis has signed a letter of intent with IBEW, Local No. 1 for our Local Union’s Coffee Service (copy of letter enclosed). This letter of intent was prompted by the discovery that Reinhold Electric is the Company of choice for all electrical work at O’Connor/Ronnoco Coffee’s main plant on South Boyle Avenue. O’Connor/Ronnoco Coffee was content with having Reinhold Electric remain as their electrical contractor so our hand was forced to find another coffee service.

In this pursuit, Local No. 1 Business Representative Dave Roth met with the Chauvin Coffee’s Administration. Chauvin Coffee is in its fourth generation with number five getting ready to come on board and continue their tradition of coffee roasting in Saint Louis, Missouri which began in 1930. We have adopted Chauvin Coffee as our new “go to” Coffee Company and encourage you to do the same if you currently are using O’Connor/Ronnoco Coffee. Their Company representative Jim Ojile has agreed to sign a letter of intent for any Local Union of the Saint Louis Building Trades that commits to Chauvin Coffee’s available services.

If you are interested in contacting Chauvin Coffee, their information is as follows:

Chauvin Coffee Company, Bonnie Charleville, President
4160 Meramec Street
Saint Louis, MO 63116
Phone: (314) 772-0700 / Fax: (314) 772-0722
Field Representative: Jim Ojile – (314) 517-2985

Thank you for your time and consideration to the supporting businesses of our Building Trades Family.


Frank D. Jacobs
Business Manager
IBEW, Local No. 1

IBEW Local 1 Food Pantry

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

The IBEW Food Pantry will be accepting donations of non-perishable food items during normal business hours Monday thru Friday.

Frank D. Jacobs

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

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
IBEW Founders Scholarship

Brothers and Sisters,

Below is a communication from our International President regarding the IBEW Founders Scholarship. You are the best and the brightest our industry has to offer, please take advantage of this opportunity!

In Unity,

Frank D Jacobs
Business Manager

To: All IBEW Local Unions in the United States and Canada

Dear Sisters and Brothers:
The IBEW Founders’ Scholarship honors the dedicated wiremen and lineman who organized the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. Each year the officers of the IBEW are pleased to offer its working members scholarships on a competitive basis. It is hoped that the awards will not only contribute to the personal development of our members but also steward the electrical industry that our founders envisioned. An application for the IBEW Founders’ Scholarship (Form 172 ) is enclosed. This form can be copied and is also available on the IBEW website ( ). In an effort to make the IBEW Founders’ Scholarship as inclusive as possible, we no longer require applicants to take the SAT or ACT to be eligible.

All IBEW members who have been in continuous good standing for four years preceding May 1 of the scholarship year in which they plan to apply are eligible for the IBEW Founders’ Scholarship. Please note, if a member has been on honorary withdrawal at any time during the aforementioned period, he/she will not be eligible to participate.

Spouses or children of IBEW members are not eligible for the IBEW Founders’ Scholarship. Union Plus has a scholarship that is available for IBEW members, as well as their spouses and dependent children. Please visit the Union Plus website ( more information about other scholarship opportunities.

I encourage all interested eligible members to participate in the IBEW Founders’ Scholarship Program. Please make the Founders’ Scholarship opportunity known to your members and urge them to apply.

With best wishes, I am

Fraternally yours,
Edwin D. Hill
International President

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.

IBEW Local 1 Ladies Auxiliary

THE IBEW Local 1 Ladies Auxiliary

The IBEW Local 1 Ladies Auxiliary goal is to ensure the use of union labor, the purchase of union made goods, and to support the relief committee in any way they can.

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 supports the Lions Fair

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

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)

Exposing the truth!

KANSAS CITY – Former Senator Tim Green, director of
political and legislative affairs for IBEW Local 1 and the
St. Louis Electrical Connection, educating members of
IBEW Locals 124 and 53 in Kansas City on right-to-work.
(IBEW Local 1 photo)

IBEW Local 309

Brothers and Sisters,

Members registered on IBEW Local 309 Book II should read the document linked below which details changes to the Local 309 Resign Policy!

Local 309 Re-Sign Policy Download

Thank you,

Frank Jacobs
Business Manager


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 ( 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: 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


Brothers and Sisters,

     If you want to update your information on our old system use the link HERE. This page will eventually be replaced, but until the new Local Union Management software is up and running you can still update your information with us here.

Remember, this is for the sole purpose of adding you to the mass email and text listing in our current system. There is no other information available here. 

Thank you,

Frank Jacobs
Business Manager
IBEW Local 1

Retiree Meetings

Retiree Meetings

Retiree meetings are held on the third Wednesday at the IBEW Local 1 Union Hall at 10 am in the following months: March, May, July, September and November. 
Lunch is always provided and there are often special guest speakers or programs.