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Vote Unity Club

2017

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Business Manager Frank Jacobs has spent the last 26 of his 35 year career in service to our Brotherhood. Beginning as a COMET instructor in 1991, he joined the Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee in 1993. While serving on the Committee he was recommended for the Office of Recording Secretary and sworn in on September 25, 1998. During his ten years as our Recording Secretary, Brother Jacobs worked closely with two Financial Secretaries and four Treasurers. A fourth-generation member whose deep IBEW roots include a charter member of Local 1, Brother Jacobs now holds the same office once held by his grandfather, Frank W. Jacobs,  the 11th District’s first International Vice President. His family's legacy of service continued with his father, retired President Jack Jacobs, who remains a source of counsel for his son.

Initiated on October 15, 1980, 36-year member Jim Douglas currently serves as your Local Union Financial Secretary. During his tenure, Jim has worked to streamline financial office operations, a process which led to the reduction of 38 recurring monthly expenses. In addition, Jim is currently spearheading the offices transition to an online per-capita reporting system, a new process which will greatly reduce the man-hours required under the old reporting method. Once the new system is fully implemented, members will have the ability to view, audit, and pay their dues through an online portal.

Incumbent President Don Bresnan, Jr. is a 37 year, third generation member whose family boasts a tradition of IBEW service dating back to 1937 when his grandfather George Bresnan worked for Business Manager Frank W. Jacobs, the grandfather of our current Business Manager.

A first-generation member, incumbent Vice President Frankie Valleroy was initiated on February 18, 2005 and graduated from the Inside Apprenticeship Program in 2008. The youngest member of the Unity Club and one of the youngest ever to hold the position of Vice President at Local 1, Frankie’s tally of contributions bely his years of service. Seizing the first available opportunity to become a 'Steward of Record,' Frankie thrives on what he describes as, “the front line for Local 1,” proving his ability to represent the interests of the Local Union onsite, advocating for our members and ensuring IBEW jurisdictional boundaries are protected.

Chris is a third generation, 33-year member and son of the former Secretary of the Executive Board, Ben (Benny) Clermont, a 67-year member! Many older members reflect fondly on Chris’s retired father, and as the saying goes, “the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.” Business Manager Frank Jacobs takes great pride in the fact that his recommendation for Recording Secretary has a reputation as a talented Journeyman Wireman and devoted union man. Chris’s calm demeanor would serve him well as Chief Steward for Business Representative’s Dave Stanley and Steve Muehling during the recent General Motors shutdown, where Chris would have over 275 members under his protection. Recognizing Chris’s ability to administer to the concerns of our members on a massive scale, Business Manager Jacobs selected him to help coordinate our ongoing efforts to place Senate Bill 19 on the ballot in 2018. Chris has been officially appointed Director of our signature gathering efforts for the Referendum Petition on Right-to-Work.

Brother Dave Roth joined our ranks in 1979 as a BA Supply member and transitioned into the A apprenticeship program in 1982. It was a proud day for Dave’s father, 50-year member Al Roth, when his son received his Journeyman Wireman classification in 1986. Since that time Dave has served in our industry as Foreman, General Foreman, Steward, and Shop Steward. As a member of the Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee (JATC), Dave interviewed applicants for our commercial, residential, and communication training programs and participated in the National Joint Apprenticeship Training convention. Appointed Teller for our 1999 and 2002 Local Union election, Dave’s reputation and integrity would help him become our Treasurer in 2003. Reelected as Treasurer in 2005, 2008, 2011, and again in 2014, Dave continues to be a guardian over your dues investment in our Local Union’s general funds.

Jeff Witt started a life of union membership at 16 years old when he joined the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 655 at his neighborhood grocery store. Four years later he would join Laborers Local 660 as a hod carrier for a Bricklayers and Allied Crafts Local 1 signatory contractor. After five years of backbreaking work, his lifelong friend Greg Booth encouraged him to apply for our Apprenticeship Program. In 1989 Jeff’s first application for our Inside program was rejected. After the rejection, Jeff would follow the recommendations of the Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee (JATC), enrolling in and completing the required night school classes. This commitment and perseverance was recognized by the Committee and Jeff was accepted after his third and final interview. At 26 he was the oldest member of his class and will never forget his first day on the job as an IBEW member, February 20, 1990.

Many of your incumbent Local Union Officers started their careers of service to the IBEW by accepting a jobsite steward appointment. Those of us fortunate enough to have been a ‘Steward of Record’ for the late Jim Reinheimer Sr., would gain a skillset that continues to serve us to this day. His oldest son would have access to these insights everyday as a young Journeyman Wireman, and witnessed not only his father’s level of commitment, but also his grandfathers, Examining Board Officer Harold Reinheimer.

Thirty-six year member Greg Schwartz entered our Inside apprenticeship program at just eighteen years old. A second generation Local One member, Greg's father was the President of IBEW Local 1145 Sign Erectors before they amalgamated with Local 1 on October 1, 1965.

Steve recounts his time working with his brother Rob and late Business Manager Greg Booth as charter members of the then newly formed Tri-County Labor Club with great pride. Not only would the three spend their evenings and weekends volunteering on behalf of pro-labor candidates, they also worked in concert with other building trades volunteers to transform #10 Droste Plaza into a meeting place for what is now one of our areas largest and most successful Labor Clubs.

Nick Sachse is a proud graduate of the first ever Communications Journeyman Technician (CJT) apprenticeship class offered by Local 1. Now an 18-year member, Nick was elected in 2011 to represent the membership as a Delegate to the 38Th International Convention in Vancouver, British Columbia.

We called Sylvester Taylor to talk about his time as a State Representative and his work with the Electrical Workers Minority Caucus (EWMC). A 27-year member, Sylvester was instrumental in establishing the Saint Louis Chapter of the Electrical Workers Minority Caucus in 2000 and was the impetus for what has become an annual tradition, the Holiday Coat Drive. “It started when I learned the child I was mentoring had gone two years without a winter coat,” said Taylor. Sylvester had been volunteering at a local children’s home when this discovery moved him to act. He would see to it that every kid at the home, 34 in total, would get a much need holiday gift that year - a new winter coat! With the help of the EWMC and with his wife Ernestine by his side, Sylvester managed to raise enough money to buy 22 coats that first year – he would purchase the remaining 12 out of his own pocket. To date the annual campaign has donated more than 8,000 coats to area kids in need, a tribute to the generosity of our members and Sylvester's tenacity and perseverance.

Brother Tom George Jr., the oldest son of former IBEW Local 1 President Tom George Sr., entered our “A” apprenticeship program in 1988 and began directly serving the Brotherhood on the Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee in 2001. During his 15 years on the Committee Tom would work with now Business Manager Frank Jacobs and others on the Committee to help shape policies such as: mandatory union meeting attendance, community service hours, and apprenticeship rotation. These experiences prepared Tom for his current position as an Officer on the Examining Board, a recommendation that was offered and accepted by the Executive Board on December 23, 2016. Tom is working with other Examining Board officers to fully implement the National Training Institute’s “Craft Certification” testing procedures at Local 1. This intensive testing curriculum will help the Board better evaluate prospective new member applicants.

Brother Josh Peniston raised his right hand and promised to,” …further the purposes for which the IBEW is instituted,” on February 8, 1997, and his actions speak louder than his words. Josh has volunteered to represent your Local Union on construction sites both large and small, a challenging appointment vital to protecting you and your Local Unions interests, but one that often results in unforeseen consequences. Josh’s ability to navigate these waters and maintain equity has garnered him high praise from site managers, our members, and his employers.

Brothers and Sisters,      The Unity Club would like to invite you to our BBQ’s. Come out and meet your Officers and Business Representatives. Please bring your family and enjoy some BBQ, beverages and activity for the kids. All provided by the Unity Club. These picnics will not be canceled for any reason. Download our BBQ card!  Thank you, The Unity Club   Saturday, May 6 – Cape Girardeau, MO 11am-5pm Cape County North Park – Pavilion #3 2400 County Park Dr. Cape Girardeau, MO 63701 Wednesday, May 10 – Union, MO 3:30pm-8pm Union  City Park  – Pavilion  #4 W. Park Ave & N. Christina Ave Union, MO 63084 Saturday, May 13 – St. Peters, MO 11am-5pm Old Town Park 1 Park St. St. Peters, MO 63376 Wednesday, May 17 – Pevely, MO 3:30pm-8pm Stacey Reece Park Main St., N of the train tracks Pevely, MO 63070 Saturday, May 20 – St. Louis, MO 11am-5pm Carondelet Park – Quarry Pavilion 3900 Holly  Hills Dr. St. Louis, MO 63116    

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