The IBEW is growing, and that’s something we’re all thankful for. As the membership increases, we’re especially thankful for Henry Miller.

In 1890 workers around the U.S. traveled to St. Louis to work on a national exposition with electricity, but the jobs came with a cost. One out of every two linemen were killed on the job. Back then, there weren’t apprenticeships or a Code of Excellence. Workers were interchangeable parts. Henry Miller stepped in and created a local union in St. Louis with a few other lineman. Together, they traveled across the U.S. working on the first organizing drive and the IBEW was born.

Henry Miller’s dream lives on in the IBEW today. Thanksgiving is a day for reflecting on what we’re thankful for, so raise a glass to him and all the men who stood with him. They started it all, and it’s our job to continue their legacy.

Happy Thanksgiving!



Kenny Cooper

IBEW International President Kenny Cooper has been working with the IBEW Hour Power team since he was appointed International President in 2023. President Cooper creates short videos entitled “President’s Message” to bring important announcements and inspirational messages right to your computer screen.

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