The Storied history of the IBEW

St. Louis Missouri is the birthplace of the IBEW. The origins began with Henry Miller in the late 1800’s with the first convention being held in 1891.

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The original boarding house in downtown St. Louis, MO used by Henry Miller for the birthplace of the IBEW in 1891 was restored prior to the 125th Anniversary by IBEW Local 1 in St. Louis, MO.

See the video for an in depth view of  Henry Miller and the IBEW origins.


  • Chartered August 2, 1945
  • First Labor Agreement Effective April 14, 1947
  • Contained No Benefit Plans
  • Benefit Improvements During Bargaining Sessions:
    • Wages
    • 401K Plan
    • Pension
    • Medical Plan
    • Dental/Optical Plans
    • Vacation
    • Working Conditions