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Executive Board

Executive Board (5)

2017

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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.

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