The St. Louis Building and Construction Trades Council

The St. Louis Building and Construction Trades Council is a reliable source of knowledge to inform the union workers themselves, families, and friends of the new regulations, changes, and different Locals, as well as educate individuals on political issues that involve the workforce.

It is the duty of every union member to help increase the wages, benefits and working conditions of the unorganized worker. Otherwise they will compete with them in a race to the bottom.

The St. Louis Building & Construction Trades Council was originally formed in 1864 as the Building Trades Association and was reorganized in 1890 and again in 1895. In 1898 delegates from around the country met in Pittsburgh, PA to organize the original National Building Trades Council. The Saint Louis delegation played a major part. Patrick Coughlin of IBEW #1 of St. Louis was elected the first president and Peter Steinbliss of Painters District Council #2 of St. Louis was elected its first secretary. The National Building trades, headed originally by leaders from St. Louis, later became known as the National Building Trades Department (BCTD) of the AFL-CIO.

The St. Louis Building & Construction Trades Council was officially chartered by the AFL-CIO Building Trades Department on March 2, 1910 and re-chartered in 1961.

The unions making up the St. Louis Building Trades have long been recognized as leaders both in St. Louis and on the national level. Many of the international unions have selected union leaders from the St. Louis unions to lead their organizations. In 1966, the St. Louis construction industry launched the Construction Training School on Knox Industrial Drive, the first of its kind in the nation to ensure a skilled workforce for carpenters, cement masons, operating engineers, iron workers and laborers. At the opening ceremonies the president of the national AGC (Associated General Contractors) said “There are no other educational facilities like it in the nation”.

In 1972, leaders in the St. Louis construction industry launched PRIDE of St. Louis, Inc. – the nation’s first voluntary construction labor-management organization. PRIDE – Productivity and Responsibility Increase Development and Employment defines its mission. PRIDE forges a spirit of cooperation among the groups whose members build St. Louis. PRIDE has been the model for other groups across the nation.

There are a few standard awards that are given throughout the year however we would like to spotlight on some of the Charities that we help throughout the year as well, Ronald McDonald House, Habitat for Humanity, Boy Scouts of America, Toys for Tots, Helmets for Hardhats, DAD’s Day – Dollars Against Diabetes, Rebuilding Together, Heats On, Salvation Army Ringing of the Bells, Paralyzed Veterans, & United Way.

John J. Stiffler

Executive Secretary-Treasurer

Gina Knoll

Assistant to the Executive Secretary-Treasurer


The leadership behind the St. Louis Building and Construction Trades Council stems from generations of skilled labor professionals. With decades of experience, the skilled labor affiliates and associated members have leaders who understand the nature and action necessary to provide a promising future for its members.

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