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 Vote for the Unity Club Candidateswitnessed not only his father’s level of commitment, but also his grandfathers, Examining Board Officer Harold Reinheimer.

Shortly after becoming a Journeyman, Jim would accept his first Steward appointment as Chief Steward for former Business Representative Bill Hepburn during the MEMC project. His success as a steward would lead to his appointment on many projects for numerous Representatives. Jim’s steward training continued when he was selected to attend the International Office’s Construction Stewards Training Class and later, the IBEW Steward’s ‘Train-the-Trainer’ Class where the student becomes the teacher.

Jim has served our industry as General Foreman, Foreman, and Steward. Like so many other members during the Great Recession, Jim traveled out of town for work and understands the challenges our members face on the road. These experiences led Jim to push for the implementation of a ‘bid’ Referral System at Local 1. Jim said, “Years ago many members lived relatively close to our union hall and commuting daily to our hiring hall was no big deal. Today many members live an hour or more from the hall and gas was over three dollars a gallon when the bottom dropped out for us, members needed to conserve every dollar they had. A bid system removes the expense and uncertainty of a ‘day book’ during times of high unemployment.”

A consistent IBEW Local 1 volunteer, Jim’s silent support and commitment was recognized by the Staff and Officers of Local 1 and he was recommended for a seat on the Executive Board.

A devoted father and family man intent on being present as his sons grew into adulthood, Jim has now set his sights on applying his long-standing level of commitment as an officer on the Executive Board.

Business Manager Frank Jacobs and the entire Unity Club recommend Brother Jim Reinheimer, Jr. for Officer on the Executive Board!

Jim Reinheimer Jr.
Age: 50
Initiated: January 16, 1985; 32 year member
Classification: Journeyman Wireman
3rd Generation Member
Executive Board Officer, 2016 - Present
Tri-County Labor Club

Grandfather - Harold M. Reinheimer, Former Examining Board Officer
Father - James C. Reinheimer Sr: former Vice-President, Recording Secretary, Executive Board Officer, Business Representative
Uncle - David M. Reinheimer, Retired JW
Brother - Paul M. Reinheimer, Communication Journeyman Technician, Former Executive Board Officer, Business Representative

Frank Jacobs

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