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Frank Jacobs

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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 JointJacobs Logo 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.

As a member of the Henry Miller Museum project team, Dave would be the first person from Local 1 to explore the dilapidated Civil War era boarding house where the IBEW was founded in 1891. Dave would escort a structural engineer into the basement of the decaying structure to help confirm the viability of an idea that would evolve into a lasting tribute to our Brotherhood, the Henry Miller Museum. Working with Business Manager Frank Jacobs, the two conceived what would become “Founders Plaza,” as they volleyed their visions back and forth, each building on the other, until the agreed upon final concepts were put to paper. Along the way Dave would oversee all aspects of the project in preparation for our 125th Birthday and he continues to promote the museum, accommodating tour requests from members across the country almost every day.

Institutional electrical construction is an IBEW mainstay in Saint Louis and no one is better versed at navigating the complexities of the BJC Campus Expansion Project than Dave Roth. Dave is proud of the 26 years he spent working in and around the BJC Hospital Complex and uses this experiential knowledge as a Representative to mediate the ongoing daily obstacles faced by our members and contractors.

As Treasurer Dave works with the unions top officers to oversee the general fund contributions of our members to ensure the long-term solvency of our General Funds. Their proactive approach and consistent vigilance has halted the decline of our reserves.

Dave is also the lead negotiator on several stand-alone collective bargaining agreements and sits on the Negotiating Committee for the Residential Memorandum and the NECA Supply agreement. Dave’s efforts in negotiating these agreements take on a special meaning given that his father started his IBEW career as a Residential Wireman and Dave himself started as a material handler.

Dave also donates long hours after work coordinating our industry’s promotional events as a Trustee on our Labor-Management Cooperative Committee, the Saint Louis Electrical Connection. You might see Dave at the Saint Louis Home Show on Saturday or pulling the IBEW float in the Cottleville Saint Patrick’s Day Parade, but what you may not see is Dave coordinating the installation of the Christmas decorations with the volunteer members of Schaeffer Electric Company, something he has done every year since 2011.

To know Dave is to like Dave – that’s for sure, and although Dave is indeed the quintessential gentleman, perhaps his most unique quality is his ability to listen. If you have ever had the pleasure of having a conversation with Dave then surely you have recognized his exceptional degree of focus and attention. As one member said, “When I talk to Dave he makes me feel like I am the only person in the room. He listens intently and never interrupts until I am finished!” And Dave’s keen foresight in the face of conflict and adversity - something he has shown us first hand – is a vital asset to our Brotherhood!

Business Manager Frank Jacobs and all the Unity Club Candidates recommend Dave Roth for the position of Treasurer.

Dave Roth
Age: 56
Initiated: August 29, 1979
Classification: Journeyman Wireman
Treasurer, 2005 – Present
Teller, 1999, 2002
Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee
Negotiating Committee, NECA Residential Memorandum, NECA Supply Agreement
Lead Negotiator, 6 stand-alone agreements
Trustee, Labor-Management Cooperative Committee (Electrical Connection)
IBEW Coordinator, Rebuilding Together Saint Louis

Family
Al Roth, Journeyman Wireman, Retired
Dale Roth, Journeyman Wireman

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 Vote for the Unity Club Candidates!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.

Sylvester would pour that same passion into his work as a State Representative for the 80th District. In just two years Sylvester introduced 3 Bills and co-sponsored another 69. His hard work did not go unnoticed, the 96th General Assembly voted him, “Freshman of the Year.”

Before his bid for the State House, Sylvester ran and won a seat on the Black Jack Fire Board in 1998 and served as Chairman until 2010. During that time, he signed the first-ever Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for employees of the District. Later he would work to implement a ‘Boston Harbor’ Project Labor Agreement, ensuring all work for the Fire District would be performed by contractors represented by unions affiliated with the AFLCIO. The language in this agreement, which included minority-participation mandates, would be copied for use by the St. Louis Public Schools.

Currently an Officer on the Examining Board, Sylvester has served our industry as General Foreman, Foreman, and Steward. His work with the EWMC continues as an Officer on their Executive Board, most recently establishing a Community Day of Service; A day where EWMC members serve lunch at the local veteran’s home and then head off to help maintain Greenwood Cemetery, the resting place of Harriet Robinson Scott and many of the Buffalo Soldiers, the first peacetime African-American US Army regiment formed after the Civil War.

A devoted family man Sylvester beams with pride over his wife of 26 years Ernestine, their 3 kids, and 6 grandchildren!

Business Manager Frank Jacobs and the Unity Club recommends Sylvester Taylor as Officer for the Examining Board.

Sylvestor Taylor
Age: 51
Classification: Journeyman Wireman
Executive Board, Electrical Workers Minority Caucus, Saint Louis Chapter
Officer, Examining Board, 2016 - Present
Sergeant-at-Arms, 2009 – 2016
Chairman, Fire Standards and Safety Commission
Deacon, New Salem Baptist Church

 

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 Vote for the Unity Club Candidates!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.

As the upgrades to his office continue, Jim finds other ways to contribute. When Business Manager Frank Jacobs called for a committee to review and address the issues faced by our members on the Available for Work list, Jim joined the committee and helped formulate the “40 Day Rule.” designed to address the consequences faced by registered Hiring Hall applicants when accepting short-term job offers.

When Jim saw how many of our members were devastated by the recent high unemployment levels, he moved to add a voluntary Relief Committee contribution to our quarterly dues statements. The “green cards,” as they have come to be known, adds a separate Relief Committee contribution that is now proudly displayed on the receipts of many members.

While working with the tools, Jim gained an impeccable reputation within our Brotherhood for his core union values and mechanical skills, and he continues to coordinate with our Joint Apprenticeship and Training Program administrators to instill those attributes in our newest members. Jim worked with Superintendent Tim Kelley to push for the addition of the solar-photovoltaic array on the roof of our Training Center, a system that not only saves utility costs, but is also used as a training tool for our apprentices. Apprentices that, because of Jim, are now required to adhere to a dress code when taking their Oath of Obligation.

Jim also developed and published the popular, “Buy Union Save Unions,” guide, and most recently created the “Important Rules You Should Know,” for members regarding their fringe benefit programs.

A graduate of the University of Missouri, Saint Louis, Jim continues to enroll in graduate level coursework towards a Master’s Degree. Jim also holds a seat on the Saint Louis County Board of Zoning Adjustments.

Brother Jim Douglas supports Frank Jacobs for Business Manager; help Jim continue to renovate our union by supporting him in the upcoming union election.

Business Manager Frank Jacobs and the Unity Club Candidates recommend Brother Jim Douglas for Financial Secretary!

Jim Douglas
Age: 60
Initiated: October 15, 1980
Classification: Journeyman Wireman
Financial Secretary
Vice President
Delegate, 34th IBEW Convention, 100th Anniversary

Family
Father - James R Douglas, Journeyman Wireman
Brother - Michael C. Douglas, Journeyman Wireman

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