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on: 03 May 2017
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

Cape County North Park – Pavilion #3 2400 County Park Dr.
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701

W. Park Ave & N. Christina Ave
Union, MO 63084

Old Town Park 1 Park St.
St. Peters, MO 63376

Stacey Reece Park
Main St., N of the train tracks Pevely, MO 63070

Carondelet Park – Quarry Pavilion 3900 Holly  Hills Dr.
St. Louis, MO 63116
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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 Vote for the Unity Club Candidates!Business Manager Frank W. Jacobs, the grandfather of our current Business Manager.

Committed to excellence, Don continued his training after graduating from our Inside Apprenticeship by enrolling in labor negotiations, labor law, economics, business law, and management/supervision classes at St. Louis Community College. This training would serve Don well after his appointment in 2015 to the Inside Agreement Negotiating Committee

As President Don serves as a Trustee the Health and Welfare, Pension, 401K, Vacation, and Holiday Funds and holds a seat on the Electricians Building Company.

Don remembers fighting with his family to successfully defeat Right-to-Work legislation in 1978 and is confident that we will prevail again as he works in support of our Referendum Petition campaign.

Don vows to work hard for the betterment of all classifications and is committed to improving our working conditions and serving the membership with respect though his service as our President.

Don would like to thank all the members past and present who helped him become the Journeyman Wireman he is today.

Business Manager Frank Jacobs and the entire Unity Club recommends Brother Don Bresnan, Jr. for President!

Don Bresnan, Jr.
Age: 60
Initiated: October 17, 1980
Classification; Journeyman Wireman
Steward, Foreman, General Foreman
Examining Board, 2011 - 2012
Vice President, 1999 – 2003, 2012 – 2016
President, 2016 – Present
Member, Franklin County Labor Club
Voluntary Fund
Relief Committee

Grandfather – George Bresnan, Journeyman Wireman, Business Representative
Father – Donald Bresnan, Sr., Journeyman Wireman, former Business Manager
Brother – Tim Bresnan, Journeyman Wireman
Sister – Janice Bresnan, Communications member, Press Secretary
Cousin – Mike Bresnan, Journeyman Wireman
Cousin – John Blomberg, Journeyman Wireman
Cousin – Walter Blomberg, Journeyman Wireman Apprentice


FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY The Unity Club Elected Officers and Business Representatives have proven that fiscal responsibility had to be a main concern if we wanted this Local to survive. The Elected Officers and Business Reps have continued to make personal sacrifices by cutting their own wages and benefits that has saved the local $1.9 million dollars over the last 5 years. The reps also buy at least 50% of their gas. Along with those commitments to fiscal responsibility, we continue to make smart decisions on spending, even with the expense of fighting Right To Work and the repeal of Prevailing Wage.

RESPECTFUL REPRESENTATION The Unity Club continues to hold meetings for different classifications as to hear their specific concerns. Members are encouraged to participate, encouraged to call, as we have an open-door policy. We are here to assist and work for our members--not intimidate them. We made the decision to hold 4 meetings a year in different parts of the jurisdiction. This has worked well for those that cannot make it to St. Louis. We also have 5 meetings a year on the first Wed. at 5pm, they have also had good attendance. We realize Members have busy family schedules; an alternative Union meeting schedule would help the Membership stay informed. The Organizer and Reps have been successful in signing 91 new companies to IBEW contracts.

CONTRACTS The Unity Club has settled contracts with percentages that are above the area and industry three-year average (2016-2019); Local 1 JW’s avg. 2.96%. Local 1 CJT’s avg. 2.96%, UA Local 562- 2.38%, SMW Local 36 - 2.17%, IBEW 257 - 1.43%, IBEW 350 - 1.67%

BUSINESS REPRESENTATIVES  The Unity Club continues to operate with nine Business Representatives. Reps have worked hard to make job visits, not only to assist our Members but also to meet the general contractors and prove we are there to assist the project. These relationships have helped when we need to discuss work being awarded to a non-signatory contractor.

UPGRADING TECHNOLOGY AND SERVICES The Unity Club has gone to great lengths to make things easier for the membership. The Union hall now has a bid system for JW’s, Res., and Comms. where members can bid on jobs and check their status on line. We use email, texts and robo-calls to get information to members quickly and at little or no cost. The Service Center has most forms, accounts and information on-line. Members providing us their email will make it more efficient. We now accept credit and debit card payments for dues and merchandise.

LOCAL 57 The Unity Club led by Business Manager Jacobs, has worked hard to eliminate Local 57. In 2011 they had 18 contractors they are down to 8. Two of those contractors, are now signatory with Local 1. There is an offer on the table with the CDC for Local 1 to take over the 57 contract. To date the offer has not been accepted by the CDC. If accepted, it would end this nasty divide in St. Louis labor history. We will continue to work to eliminate Local 57 .

IBEW RESPECT The Unity Club, Business Manager Jacobs, along with the Business Representatives, have worked hard to build a good relationship with the rest of the Building Trades. Building strong relationships with the other trades has helped in support as we battle our enemies on job sites and in politics. Business Manager Jacobs was unanimously elected the new Vice President of the St. Louis Building Trades. A positive contract in 2016, with wage and benefit increases that were better than average, set a high bar for the other trades to shoot for.

APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM  The Unity Club realized the importance of getting quality applicants and despite being Apprentices, they should not be taken advantage of during negotiations. The apprentices now can get their books at no cost. Our program is now accredited with the SLCC for an associate’s degree. Our apprentices will be craft certified upon leaving the program. We continue to work to have the best apprenticeship training program in the country.

LOOKING TO THE FUTURE The Unity Club continues the positive attitude and Brotherhood that built this great organization. Courage, compassion, and faith in the future are fundamental to Local 1’s success. We will continue to work hard for our members to find work in St. Louis. But in the event there is work elsewhere, we do what we can to help our members get what they need to obtain those jobs to support their families.

THE UNITY CLUB’S PROMISE TO YOU  TO CONTINUE to give all members of all classifications the proper representation owed to each and every one of you, and to continue to take back market share and help get our members employment and keep them employed.

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