Local 1 News & Updates

The latest news and updates for electrical workers working in the geographic jurisdiction of Local 1

IBEW Monthly Political Newsletter

Dear Sisters and Brothers,

     Here is the latest installment of the monthly newsletter that has been initiated to keep you informed about the new presidential administration. Please read and circulate it amongst your friends. The Biden administration may be only a few months old, but it is operating overtime to get the United States back on its feet.

     Every day, President Biden recognizes the primacy of American workers, collective-bargaining, and the labor movement. Whether he is expressing his support for a historic organizing campaign or appointing union members as keys personnel in his administration, never before has a president been so public in their support of the values that the IBEW holds dear.

     This newsletter may also be found on ibew.org/political/bbb, along with news updates and newsletter archives. Please take the time to review this information, it is critically important that you stay informed.

If you have any questions or need anything else, please reach out.

In Solidarity,
Frank Jacobs
Business Manager

2021 marks KIDstruction Week 10th Anniversary!

Your union is participating in KIDstruction!

Brothers and Sisters,

This year marks the construction community’s 10th year of giving to support the mission of St. Louis Children’s Hospital during their annual KIDstruction Week fundraising campaign.

The fundraising initiative was established in 2011 by Rich Ledbetter, the Chief Operating Officer of Guarantee Electric Company, and since its inception has raised $3.2M to support those areas of greatest need at the hospital, everything from outreach programs and Child Life initiatives to research and equipment.

We are excited to announce this year’s KIDstruction Ambassador is Selah Harris, the daughter of one or our own, journeyman wireman Luke Harris. Selah’s journey is an inspiring story of courage and perseverance, and the talented staff at Children’s Hospital were with her every step of the way.

Luke & Selah

Luke & Selah

We ask that you join the Electrical Workers’ Local 1 Team this year, the 10th  Anniversary of KIDstruction, as we celebrate Selah, her remarkable triumphs, and her champions, her loving family and the incredible staff at St. Louis Children’s Hospital.

KIDstruction Week is typically the first week in August, and campaign administrators recommend basing your contribution on $2 per hour for a 40-hour week, or $80 in total. But there is no need to wait, we ask that you consider donating and adding your name to our team roster. Let’s show the construction community in St. Louis what we can do!

Thank you in advance for your generosity.

Meet Brother Harris’s daughter Selah

Join the Electrical Workers’ Local 1 IBEW Team

Also, please consider downloading our customized 2021 KIDstruction Week poster and displaying it on your jobsite!

In Solidarity,
Frank D. Jacobs
Business Manager

Fit-for-Duty

 

FITNESS FOR DUTY

Brothers and Sisters,
     After 16 months of deliberation, on January 21, 2021, your Joint Labor-Management Committee reached an agreement on employer implementation of Fit-For-Duty (FFD) testing. As a result, any FFD tests or procedures must be approved by the Labor-Management Committee before implementation to ensure they comply with the requirements outlined in the agreement.

Sachs Electric Company, the only Local 1 signatory employer implementing FFD testing, has contracted with Athletico to administer their FFD test. Any member accepting a referral to Sachs Electric Company will be pre-screened by a medical professional to ensure they can safely perform the FFD test. If the FFD test exposes risk factors or limitations, members may request accommodations.

Please review the FITNESS FOR DUTY Memorandum of Understanding in the Members Area of this site and call us with any questions. A detailed letter was mailed to the construction membership regarding these changes.

Stay Safe and Healthy.

In Solidarity,

Frank D. Jacobs
Business Manager

Buy Union!

A reference for union made goods and services

Brothers and Sisters,

     The American Federation of Labor was founded in Columbus, Ohio, on December 8, 1886. Since that time millions of working men and women have fought to gain the workplace freedoms and dignified living standards we enjoy today. One surefire way to protect these gains and ensure our continued prosperity is to spend our hard-earned money on American, union-made products and services whenever and wherever possible.

We have compiled a reference of these goods and services in an attempt to assist you when making spending decisions, check out our Union-Made Buying Guide. Printed copies are available at your union hall.

The AFLCIO also maintains an up-to-date listing of Union-Made in America products and The Union Label and Service Trades Department, AFL-CIO, provides detailed information members may use to educate themselves on which products and services carry a Union Label. Please use the Suggest a Business on their UNION-MADE PRODUCTS AND SERVICES page to help support their mission.

In Solidarity,
Frank Jacobs
Business Manager