December 2015
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Also In This Issue Be a Part of History
Preserving the roots
of the IBEW read_more

Canadians Oust Conservatives
Anti-worker party out, moderates in read_more

NEAP Summary
Annual Report

NEAP benefit notice read_more

Auditor's Report read_more

Due to the number and length of required notices in this issue, In Memoriam, Who We Are and Letters to the Editor do not appear. They will return in January.





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The Birthplace of a Union to
Be Reborn as a Museum

The man who sparked a movement is getting a museum to honor his memory.

At a time of terrifyingly high mortality rates and paltry pay in the new field of electrical work, Henry Miller knew what needed to be done, and he dedicated his life to making it happen. From the St. Louis boarding house where he lived almost 125 years ago, the lineman founded the National Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, which would later become the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.

Now that modest brick house is being turned into a museum, thanks to St. Louis Local 1, the flagship local union of the IBEW.

The quest to purchase and restore the Henry Miller house began in 2009 with a video produced by the International Office's Media Department on the IBEW's origins. The six-minute video tells the story of Miller and the Brotherhood's early days in St. Louis. It also discusses the role of the boarding house and, perhaps more importantly for Local 1, that it was still standing just six miles from their office, at 2726-2728 Dr. Martin Luther King Drive. Realizing that this structure was one of very few tangible items left from the Brotherhood's birth, Local 1 leaders set out to bring the building home.

"If this is the home that our founding fathers met in to form the National Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, then we have to save it," said Local 1 Business Manager Frank Jacobs, also a fourth generation IBEW member and grandson of the district's first international vice president. read_more

  Local Lines Retirees

Officers Column Stephenson: An Investment in History read_more
Chilia: Supreme Threat read_more

TransitionsHowdy Ritchie Jr.;
Bruce Burton;
Roy Dickinson
Thomas J. Hickman read_more


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