History of the Local 4

In September of 1891, the call went out across the country for all newly organized locals to meet in St. Louis. The goal was to pull the loose collection of locals into a national union. Ten men met, and this is what became the First Convention of the National Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. They met for a week and worked out a constitution, adopted procedures and designed a logo, the now famous clenched fist holding lightning bolts. This was the beginning of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.

Our local was chartered on December 18, 1940 and originally was L.U. 1217. Then on January 1, 1959 we became I.B.E.W. Local 4, after L.U. 4 became available. Local 4 was originally part of I.B.E.W. Local 1, but later became it’s own local and was chartered to cover radio employees. Of course since then we have grown to include television engineers, camera persons, newsroom producers, writers, assignment editors and on-air talent.