While the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1 and members of the St. Louis Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) have teamed on projects for more than 100 years, both strengthened their bond in 1993 with the creation of the Electrical Connection. Since then, the Electrical Connection IBEW/NECA partnership has grown economic opportunity, advanced pacesetting skills and safety to meet the demands of the construction consumer and donated countless hours and resources to strengthen the communities it serves.
The labor-management partnership is an invaluable member of several local and statewide civic and business organizations. The Electrical Connection has dedicated Executive Vice President Jim Curran to providing the electrical industry’s perspective and expertise though active board service to these organizations:
Meanwhile, IBEW Local 1 Business Manager Frank Jacobs serves on the board of the Emergency Communications Commission (ECC), which administers St. Louis County’s emergency communications system and is on the advisory board for the Saint Louis Science Center. Both Jacobs and St. Louis NECA Chapter Chief Executive Officer Doug Martin serve on the board of the Saint Louis Construction Cooperative.
In addition, the Electrical Connection provides guidance and expertise to guide workforce development statewide. This includes STEM education partnerships with the St. Louis Cardinals, Saint Louis Science Center, Partners for Progress of Greater St. Charles, Mathews-Dickey Boys and Girls Club, and numerous school districts. For more than seven years, the Electrical Connection has engaged more than 9,000 students in how STEM subjects translate into electrical careers.
The Electrical Connection also has an enduring legacy of building healthier communities that includes:
And in times of urgent need, the Electrical Connection has acted to help. This year, it donated services to help restored power to Ride on St. Louis (ROSL) in Kimmswick, Mo. after it was damaged by flooding and it provided a generator to Stray Rescue of St. Louis during power outage in the heat of July.
The Electrical Connection’s commitment to civic causes is further highlighted by its sponsorship of the Saint Louis Science Center’s James S. McDonnell Planetarium lighting. It also supported the inaugural “Light up St. Louis” architectural lighting event in February 2016. In 2015, the Electrical Connection sponsored the return of outdoor professional soccer to St. Louis and is a major sponsor of Saint St. Louis FC this year. The Electrical Connection also sponsors St. Louis Cardinals baseball and St. Louis Blues hockey.