Considering running for office? Seek help from your local Labor Club

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LABOR CLUBS are the first crucial, and very important, step toward electing worker-friendly candidates. In this Feb. 3, 2018 file photo, members of the Jefferson County, Rockwood and South St. Louis County labor clubs showed up in full force to help COPE-endorsed candidate Mike Revis (center) in his campaign for the 97th House District, flipping the deep red house district to blue in a major win for working families. – Labor Tribune file photo

Jefferson County Labor leaders are encouraging union members to run for office and to seek assistance from their local Labor clubs.

Members of the Jefferson County Labor Club recently reviewed the results of the April 6 municipal elections and discussed the need to continue to search for Labor-friendly candidates for upcoming races.

“Our COPE-endorsed candidates did really well, especially considering the low voter turnout for this election,” said Club President Chuck DeMoulin, an IBEW Local 1 business representative. “These municipal elections are just as important as the state and national races, and moving forward, it’s imperative that those seats be filled with people who are worker-friendly.”

DeMoulin is encouraging union members to step up and run for local positions and urging them to reach out to their local Labor clubs for assistance. Labor clubs are the first crucial, and very important, step toward electing worker-friendly candidates.

The clubs provide members with information on pending legislation, interview and evaluate political candidates and make recommendations to the St. Louis Labor Council for COPE endorsements. They can also provide candidates with financial assistance, volunteers for candidates canvassing, literature drops and sign placement and help at the polls.

If you are interested in running for office, contact your local Labor club. Below is a list of Labor clubs serving the St. Louis area, the dates they meet and contact information. *Note: Some Labor clubs have halted the public portions of their meetings due to the coronavirus.

FRANKLIN COUNTY LABOR POLITICAL COMMITTEE
Meets: 7:30 p.m. the first Monday of the month at Hagies 19th Hole, 618 North Washington Avenue, Union, MO 63084
President: John Smreker (Ironworkers Local 396)
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 21, Union, MO 63084
Phone: 636-388-1070
E-mail: john.minglewood@gmail.com 

JEFFERSON COUNTY LABOR CLUB
Meets: 7 p.m. the second Monday of the month at 4 Main St., Festus, MO 63028 (Executive Board at 6 p.m.)
President: Chuck DeMoulin (IBEW Local 1)
Mailing Address: 4 Main Street, Festus, MO 63028
Phone: 314-226-7870
E-mail: chuck.demoulin@ibewlocal1.org
Additional Contact: Steve Marcus 314-795-4262

MID-MISSOURI LABOR CLUB
Meets: 6 p.m. the second Monday of the month at Columbia Labor Temple 611 N. Garth, Columbia, MO 65203
President: Russ Unger (Sheet Metal Workers Local 36)
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 471, Fulton, MO 65251
Phone: 573-642-1833

MINERAL AREA LABOR LEGISLATIVE CLUB
Meets: 7 p.m. the first Tuesday of the month at American Legion Post 39 Old Highway 67, Park Hills, MO 63601
President: Lee Asher (IBEW Local 1)
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 92, Farmington, MO 63640
Phone: 314-805-6762
Email: franklincountylabor.mo@gmail.com
Additional Contact: Scott Bockenkamp, 573-366-0802

NORTH COUNTY LABOR LEGISLATIVE CLUB
Meets: 7 p.m. the first Monday of the month with the exception of July, August and September in non-election years at
212 Utz Lane, Hazelwood, MO 63042 (Executive Board at 6 p.m.)
President: Fred Searcy (Plumbers & Pipefitters 562)
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 2165, Florissant, MO 63032
Website: northcountylabor.com
Phone: 314-914-5744
Email: freds@pnp562.org
Additional Contact: Tim Rone, 314-780-2931

NORTHEAST MISSOURI LABOR LEGISLATIVE CLUB
Meets: 7 p.m. the first Monday of the month at the Electricians Hall,801 Church Street Hannibal, MO 63401
President: Steve Garner (Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 562)
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 735, Fulton, MO 65251
Phone: 573-592-0201

ROCKWOOD LABOR CLUB
Meets: 7 p.m. the fourth Wednesday of each month at Eureka-Pacific Elks Lodge, 19 West First Street, Eureka, MO 63025
President: Marty McClimens (Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 562)
Mailing Address: 2174 Timber Ridge, Pacific, MO 63069
Phone: 636-938-6016
Additional Contact: Jeff Aboussie, 314-566-9933

ST. LOUIS CITY LABOR LEGISLATIVE CLUB
Meets: 7 p.m. the second Thursday of the month at Laborers’ Local 42, 301 S. Ewing Ave., St. Louis, MO 63103
President: Dave Holmes (Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 562-retired)
Mailing Address: 1540 St. Vincent Ct., St. Louis, MO 63104
Email: daveholmes1948@yahoo.com
Additional Contact: Jake Hummel, 314-397-4766

SOUTH ST. LOUIS COUNTY LABOR POLITICAL ORGANIZATION
Meets: 7 p.m. the fourth Thursday of the month, January through October at Genesis Banquet Center, 2651 Telegraph Road, St. Louis, MO 63125
President: Scott Ramshaw (Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 562)
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 510387, St. Louis, MO 63151
Phone: 314-355-1000
E-Mail: socolabor@aol.com

TRI-COUNTY LABOR LEGISLATIVE CLUB
Meets: 7:00 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month at #10 Droste Square, 506 Droste Rd., St. Charles, MO 63301 (Executive Board meets at 6:00 pm)
President: Joe Mueller (Painters District Council 58)
Mailing Address: #10 Droste Square, St. Charles, MO 63301
Website: tricountylaborclub.com
Phone: 636-698-5424
E-Mail: tricolabor@gmail.com

WARREN COUNTY LABOR LEGISLATIVE CLUB
Meets: 7 p.m. the first Wednesday of each month at Ruiz Castillo Mexican Restaurant, 223 E. North Service Road, Wright City, MO 63390 (Executive Board meets at 6:30 p.m.)
President: Charlie Redecker (Carpenters Local 32)
Mailing Address: 27250 State Highway U, Warrenton, MO 63383
Phone: 636-235-8042


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