IBEW Local 1 Business Manager Frank Jacobs is the newest member of the St. Louis Lambert International Airport Commission.
Jacobs, who represents 7,000 IBEW members, also chairs the Electrical Connection, a partnership of Local 1 and the St. Louis Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA). It advances economic and workforce development as the region’s primary provider of electrical and communications infrastructure.
The 17-member airport commission provides guidance on the airport’s overall operation, including construction, ongoing maintenance and the many services provided there. Chaired by Airport Director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge, the board is comprised of a broad spectrum of business, civic and Labor leadership.
In addition to serving as Local 1 business manager and Electrical Connection chair, Jacobs chairs the IBEW/NECA Joint Apprenticeship Trust Fund, which oversees workforce training at the IBEW/NECA Electrical Industry Training Center. He also serves on the board of the Regional Union Construction Center, which helps minority and women owners of union construction companies improve business skills.
Jacobs is deeply involved in the St. Louis Labor Movement. He is president of the St. Louis Building and Construction Trades Council, an executive board member of both the Missouri AFL-CIO and the St. Louis Labor Council, and a governance board member of the Saint Louis Construction Cooperative. He also serves on the Saint Louis Science Center’s advisory board.