Over one hundred years ago, in 1891, ten men met above Stolley's Dance Hall in St. Louis in hopes of bringing a better life to those in the electrical trade. Then, apprenticeship training was unheard of and safety consisted of trial and error and hoping for the best. Those ten men later became the founders of the National Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (NBEW), which became the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) in 1899 when jurisdiction extended to include Canada.
The IBEW has lasted through two World Wars, The Great Depression, internal disputes, and hostile government leaders to become the oldest and largerst electrical union in the world today. The IBEW represents workers' rights in all areas of the electrical industry. To provide the highly skilled work force necessary to meet the customer needs and to insure job satisfaction for the electrical workers, the IBEW provides the very best apprenticeship training programs available.