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Steve recounts his time working with his brother Rob and late Business Manager Greg Booth as charter members of the then newly formed Tri-County Labor Club with great pride. Not only would the three spend their evenings and weekends volunteering on behalf of pro-labor candidates, they also worked in concert with other building trades volunteers to transform #10 Droste Plaza into a meetingVote for the Unity Club Candidates! place for what is now one of our areas largest and most successful Labor Clubs.

Like many of our members hit hard by the Great Recession, Steve was forced to travel for more than 4 years to feed his family and knows first-hand how difficult life can be on the road. “I am very proud of my time on the road. I did what I had to do to feed my family and it made me stronger. I understand what those members (on the road) are going through.” Steve noted that he was also very proud of Business Manager Frank Jacobs decision to charter a bus on what would become Local 1’s first-ever, “Book-Signing Tour,” for our unemployed members. Local 124 put out an open call for two upcoming shutdowns. With so many members unable to afford the travel cost to Kansas City, the Local Union chartered a round-trip bus to carry them there to sign Book 2, “That was a great shot-in-the-arm for our members,” Steve said. It was this experience which prompted Steve and his traveling partner, Jim Reinheimer Jr., to push for implementation of a Hiring Hall bid system at Local 1.

A 29-year member, Steve credits his trade union values to his father Henry, “My father was always the steward on the job, when the job was over he went back to hall. He received his 65-year pin and we were happy he was there to see Rob win before passing in 2011.”

Steve is the currently the Shop Steward for Systems Go, LLC, a member-owned IBEW signatory and has served our industry as General Foreman, Foreman, Steward, and Shop Steward.

Steve has completed both the International Office and the IBEW Local 1 Construction steward training programs. In addition to his ongoing association as an Executive Board member of the Tri-County Labor Club, Steve is also an active member of the Warren County Labor Club.

Steve was called forward and recommended for the Executive Board by Business Manager Frank Jacobs because of his unwavering commitment to our cause.

Business Manager Frank Jacobs and the entire Unity Club recommends Brother Steve Dussold for Officer on the Executive Board!

Steve Dussold
Age: 49
Initiated: March 30, 1988
Classification: Journeyman Wireman
Officer, Executive Board, 2016 - Present
Member, Executive Board, Tri-County Labor Club
Member, Warren County Labor Club

Father - Henry Dussold, Journeyman Wireman
Brother - Rob Dussold, Journeyman Wireman, former Secretary of the Executive Board, Business Representive
Cousin - Dan Dussold, Journeyman Wireman
Cousin - Anne Dussold, Journeyman Wireman
Cousin - Samatha Dussold, Journeyman Wireman

Brother Tom George Jr., the oldest son of former IBEW Local 1 President Tom George Sr., entered our “A” apprenticeship program in 1988 and began directly serving the Brotherhood on the Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee in 2001. During his 15 years on the Committee Tom would work with now Business Manager Frank Jacobs and others on the Committee to help shape policiesVote for the Unity Club Candidates! such as: mandatory union meeting attendance, community service hours, and apprenticeship rotation. These experiences prepared Tom for his current position as an Officer on the Examining Board, a recommendation that was offered and accepted by the Executive Board on December 23, 2016. Tom is working with other Examining Board officers to fully implement the National Training Institute’s “Craft Certification” testing procedures at Local 1. This intensive testing curriculum will help the Board better evaluate prospective new member applicants.

In addition to his plans to implement the latest testing and evaluation procedures for our Examining Board, Tom will continue his work after-hours as a newly elected member of the Fort Zumwalt School Board. Tom credits his success in the recent campaign to the mentorship of his father and the support of our membership volunteers. He has vowed that his work on the Fort Zumwalt School Board will put our kids first and ensure the most efficient use of taxpayer revenue.

From the time he was 14 years old Tom was at his father’s side working on behalf of the IBEW and working families and was never more honored than when he was selected to represent Local 1 as a Delegate to the 38th Convention in Vancouver, British Columbia. In recalling the experience Tom noted the work of our delegation to standardize the re-sign procedures for members under Resolution 35.

Tom vows to continue the lifelong example set by his father in service to our membership, “The IBEW means everything to me and has provided for my family our entire lives. I vow to work hard so that future generations can enjoy the opportunities that a career in the IBEW offers!”

Business Manager Frank Jacobs and the entire Unity Club recommends Brother Tom George Jr. for the position of Officer on the Examining Board!

Tommy George, Jr.
Age: 50
Classification: Journeyman Wireman
Initiated: March 30, 1988
Officer: Examining Board, 2016 - Present
Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee: 2001 – 2016
Delegate, 38th Convention
Member, Fort Zumwalt School Board, 2017 - Present
Steward, Foreman, General Foreman

Wife - Andrea, Journeyman Wireman, JATC Instructor
Father - Tom George Sr., Journeyman Wireman, Former: Secretary Voluntary Fund, Election Judge, JATC Night Instructor, Delegate to IBEW International Convention, Organizer / Business Representative, Registrar, Examining Board Officer, Executive Board Officer, Vice President, President, Delegate IBEW Conference, Vice President IBEW Conference, Delegate and Trustee for State Building and Construction Trades Council
Brother - Tony George, Journeyman Wireman, former State Representative
Brother - Tim George, Journeyman Wireman
Brother-in-Law - Matt Gober, Journeyman Wiremman

Brother Josh Peniston raised his right hand and promised to,” …further the purposes for which the IBEW is instituted,” on February 8, 1997, and his actions speak louder than his words. Josh has Vote for the Unity Club Candidates!volunteered to represent your Local Union on construction sites both large and small, a challenging appointment vital to protecting you and your Local Unions interests, but one that often results in unforeseen consequences. Josh’s ability to navigate these waters and maintain equity has garnered him high praise from site managers, our members, and his employers.

Josh’s success as a union steward would lead Business Manager Frank Jacobs to enroll him in the Construction Organizing Membership Education Training (COMET) “Train-the-Trainer” class in Kansas City, Missouri. Since that time, Josh has joined Chris Clermont and Frankie Valleroy to teach the COMET Certification class to our graduating apprentices. Josh’s mentorship of our young apprentices would lead to a charitable effort this past year that would culminate in the IBEW being placed in the limelight on every local media outlet. Teaming up with officers of our Apprenticeship Social Club, Josh spearheaded a fundraising campaign that raised over $5000 to purchase toys for Saint Louis Children’s Hospital Child Life Services, aptly named, THE BJC TOY DRIVE.

A generational IBEW member whose Great Grandfather was a lineman for the railroad, Josh continues a long Peniston family tradition of service to the IBEW in Saint Louis. On his selection by the Business Manager for the position of Examining Board Officer, Josh had this to say, “The IBEW to me is not just a profession, it’s a lifestyle! You only get out of it what you put in, that’s why being an Officer for this membership is such a great honor. I will work as hard as I can to represent this great Local and its membership to the best of my ability!”

A married father of 3 who spent time away from his family on the road during our lean years, Josh now makes time to hunt with his son and daughter and coaches their soccer team!

Business Manager Frank Jacobs and the Unity Club recommend Josh Peniston for Officer on your Local Union Examining Board.

Josh Peniston
Initiated: February 8, 1997 Classification: Journeyman Wireman
Teller, 2014
Certified COMET Trainer
Sergeant-At-Arms Steward, Washington University Olan School of Business
Chief Steward, BJC Campus Renewal

Grandfather - Charles Peniston, Journeyman Wireman
Father - Frank Peniston, Journeyman Wireman

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