08 Apr 2014


Dear Brothers and Sisters of the IBEW, 

The Financial Office is open Monday thru Friday from 7am-4:30pm. As with all the other Officers and Reps, my primary duty is to serve the membership.

The Financial Office is responsible for placing a Fraternal Death Notice in the St Louis Post Dispatch when we are notified of a Brother or Sister member’s passing. At that time we also assist the family in submitting the necessary forms for any benefits available with the International and/or Local One. Please call the Financial Office to report the death of a member.

Sick/Hospital Benefits may be available for “A” or “BA” members who are under Plan One of the Bylaws. The sick benefit is $20/day with a maximum of 80 days and the hospital benefit is $75/day with a maximum of 20 days. To be eligible for either benefit, the Bylaws stipulate that you have to have worked in Local One’s jurisdiction seven hundred (700) hours in each of two (2) of the four (4) years preceding the disability. There is a waiting period for both benefits (see Bylaws Article XII, sec 1). Please call the Financial Office to confirm eligibility and request a form.

Because of the time it takes to process an Early, Normal, or Disability Retirement pension, they are typically handled thru appointment only. If you are close to retiring, you can request a detailed projection to better assist you in your retirement decision. Please call the Financial Office approximately 4 months prior to retirement so that we have time to order the necessary forms and prevent any delays in your pension.

As always, feel free to call me at 314-647-5900 and I will do my best to be of assistance.


James C Douglas
Financial Secretary
IBEW Local One

04 Apr 2014

The original IBEW  Local 1 Charter 

St. Louis is honored to be the birthplace of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. Since IBEW Local One's establishment as the first local chartered by the International Union, the local has played a crucial role in the progress of the St. Louis region and in the advancement of the IBEW. Following the founding of IBEW Local One on Nov. 21, 1891, local union members enjoyed work opportunities in a climate of business expansion. IBEW Local One membership grew as members met the needs of the industrial age.


During the fabulous summer of 1904, the entire world witnessed the talents of IBEW Local One members when the Louisiana Purchase Exposition opened with illumination from the first electric lights ever seen at a World's Fair. With such glowing achievements, St. Louis was selected as the setting for celebrating the IBEW's Diamond Jubilee in 1966 and the IBEW's Centennial Convention in 1991.

Photo from the 1904 Worlds Fair (C) Roger Oertli, used with permission

In 1947, IBEW Local One initiated its formal training program, calling for one-half day of classroom training each week in a three-year, on-the-job apprenticeship program. In 1956, new post-graduate classes for IBEW One journeymen electricians attracted the enrollment of more than 400 journeymen attending 24 classes. Speaking to concerns by American labor as automation technology advanced and machines replaced men in the control of machines, the New York Times editorial page applauded IBEW One's effort in a March 1956 report that stated,

"Local One of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers in St. Louis is meeting this challenge in an interesting and important way. Convinced that "the number of production jobs lost due to automation will be more than made up by the increase in production of electrical equipment required," the union has organized an ambitious educational program to train its members for the new kinds of jobs that will be created."


Full original New York Times article - purchased from their archives by IBEW Local 1 

*** In the local's continuing quest for industry excellence, the St. Louis Electrical Industry Training Center opened in 1967 at 2300 Hampton with 205 apprentices enrolled. IBEW Local One and the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) reinvested in the school with a major renovation in 1999 that made it the AFL-CIO construction crafts' most high-tech training facility in the nation. Today, apprenticeship training is a five-year program of study, including one day each week in the classroom with professional instructors. Apprentices complete 960 hours of classroom training and qualify for 49 college credits upon completion of the rigorous program.

IBEW Local 1 union hall on Boyle and Gibson Avenue in Saint Louis!

 IBEW Local 1 union hall on Boyle and Gibson Avenue in Saint Louis!

IBEW Local 1 union hall on Boyle and Gibson Avenue in Saint Louis!

Having touched three centuries of St. Louis history, IBEW Local One today represents more than 5,000 active members and about 900 energetic retirees. It strives daily to represent all industry members who are employed in the electrical industry, endeavoring to secure the best possible negotiated wages, benefits packages and conditions.

Located at 5850 Elizabeth Ave. in St. Louis with a satellite office at 2611 Gerhardt in Cape Girardeau, IBEW Local One's jurisdiction encompasses the City of St. Louis and 25 Missouri counties. The jurisdiction stretches from Lincoln County on the north to Warren and Franklin counties on the west, the Arkansas state line on the south, and the Mississippi River on the east. Local One members perform electrical construction for a multitude of specialty contractors and a wide variety of electrical work with telecommunications firms, sign companies, maintenance operations, manufacturers, automatic door firms, appliance repair shops, lightning rod companies, alarm and security firms, motor repair shops and electrical supply houses.

Construction photo of our current location circa 1957 - 5850 Elizabeth Avenue (C) IBEW Local 1 

Our current location today! - 2014 (c) IBEW Local 1


 Our Cape Girardeau Location!


To learn more about the history of the IBEW please visit www.IBEW.org At the time of this writing the history pages of the IBEW are being renovated!

10 Mar 2014

The map below details the outer boundaries of the jurisdiction of IBEW Local 1 and includes name tags for the union representatives that cover each region. For specific information on your site, please call or contact your Local Union office.

10 Mar 2014

Within the United States, the territory served by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers is organized into "districts". Each District territory is comprised of several states. IBEW Local 1, based in Saint Louis Missouri, falls in the 11th District, as does Iowa, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota.


Hiring Hall Registration

Applicants may register on the Available for Work list Monday - Friday between the hours of 7:30 am and 3:30 pm only. Initial registration must be IN PERSON.



Construction Referrals: Monday through Friday 8:30 am until all calls are filled
Residential Referrals: Monday through Friday 8:00 am until all calls are filled
Communication Referrals: Monday through Friday 7:30 am until all calls are filled


Re-Sign Instructions

     An applicant registered on the Available for Work List must renew their application (re-sign) between the 10th and 16th (inclusive) of each month. Failure to do so will result in the applicants name being removed from the Available for Work List. Once removed, applicants must re-register (complete a new registration card) to be eligible for employment through the hiring hall system and they will be placed at the bottom of the list.Applicants for employment registered on the Available for Work list may re-sign by one of the following methods:

• Phone: (314) 647-5900 all hours
• Online via www.ibewlocal1.org under the Hiring Hall tab
• Fax: (314) 647-1358 using the approved form
• In-Person between 7 am - 4:30 pm Monday - Friday
• Postal mail using the approved form


NOTE: Re-sign attempts will not be accepted before 12:01 am on the 10th or after 11:59 pm on the 16th of each month.