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 Vote for the Unity Club Candidates!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.

Jeff would volunteer for a steward’s position soon after completing his apprenticeship on June 7, 1994, where he would serve as a long-term steward at under two maintenance contracts, first at Anheuser-Busch and then later, Lambert International Airport.

Jeff’s experience as a union steward and his after-hours commitment to labor advocacy as a member of the Tri-County Labor Club was recognized by the Business Manager and he was recommended for Officer on the Examining Board in 2012 and would run unopposed in 2014. In 2015 Jeff was recommended for a seat on the Executive Board and was recently voted Secretary, a tribute to the respect he has garnered from his peers on the Board.

If you don’t know Jeff, we ask you to talk to someone who does about his level of commitment to the IBEW and the countless hours he donates to IBEW functions, fighting Right-to-Work, and working on behalf of labor-friendly candidates.

When reflecting on the path Jeff has taken to become part of the IBEW family, he wouldn’t have it any other way, “I can’t imagine my life now without the IBEW and the friends I have made along the way. I hope my new grandbaby will consider a career in the IBEW someday!”

Business Manager Frank Jacobs and the Unity Club Candidates recommend Brother Jeff Witt for Officer on the Executive Board.

Jeff Witt
Age: 53
Initiated: October 10, 1990
Classification: Journeyman Wireman, 1st generation
Service: Steward, General Foreman, Foreman
Officer, Examining Board, 2012-2015
Officer, Executive Board, 2015-Present
Secretary, Executive Board, 2017 – Present

Daughters: Christine and Ashly
Lucas, Son-in-Law
Drake, Grandson

Frank Jacobs

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