The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 1455, AFL-CIO was chartered in 1945 in the City of St. Louis, Missouri.Local 1455 currently represents 845 members in Missouri, Illinois and Iowa.Our Local represents approximately 120 different clerical and technical positions that vary from Mail Clerk to Information Technology Senior Analyst, Clerk to Accountant, Record Draftsman to Energy Services Consultants and Construction Design Draftsman who design the electrical distribution systems, Customer Contact Representatives, Credit Representative and Customer Accounts classifications that provide customer contact services, Real State Representatives that buy and sell property and Inventory Specialist/Assistant Buyers that purchase material and services to operate the Companies.Our Missouri and Illinois members are employed by the subsidiaries of Ameren Corporation and our Iowa members are employed by Alliant Energy.
From 1913 to 1941 Union Electric Company employees were represented by Employee Mutual Benefit Association (EMBA). Some of EMBA’s responsibilities included labor contracts, education, medical benefits, the Women's Auxiliary, safety committee, social activities and athletics.
We can thank EMBA for a 5 day work week with an 8 hour day; overtime pay; grievance procedure; time-controlled wage increases; health and life insurance; pension plans and special committees.The EMBA lost the authority to represent employees after for the National Labor Relations Board ruled that the organization violated the Wagner Act of 1935.
During that same year the Tri-State Utility Workers Union won the right to represent Union Electric's office clerical, sales, and technical employees. Tri-State was soon able to control employee benefits, demotions and layoffs and promotions "Lines of Promotion Within Local Districts".
It wasn’t until May 24, 1946 that the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) began representing Union Electric employees. After turmoil within the Tri-State organization the employees elected the IBEW for representation. Local 1455 was born.
IBEW, Local 1455's first labor agreement with Union Electric Company of Missouri and Union Electric Power Company covered the clerical, technical and sales jobs for all departments in Missouri, Illinois and Iowa encompassing some 424 different classifications. Positions such as accountant, auditor, home economist, surveyor, statistician and even librarian just to name a few were added to the labor organization. Local 1455 became the most diversified local in the IBEW.