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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

Family
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

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

We called Sylvester Taylor to talk about his time as a State Representative and his work with the Electrical Workers Minority Caucus (EWMC). A 27-year member, Sylvester was instrumental in Vote for the Unity Club Candidates!establishing the Saint Louis Chapter of the Electrical Workers Minority Caucus in 2000 and was the impetus for what has become an annual tradition, the Holiday Coat Drive. “It started when I learned the child I was mentoring had gone two years without a winter coat,” said Taylor. Sylvester had been volunteering at a local children’s home when this discovery moved him to act. He would see to it that every kid at the home, 34 in total, would get a much need holiday gift that year - a new winter coat! With the help of the EWMC and with his wife Ernestine by his side, Sylvester managed to raise enough money to buy 22 coats that first year – he would purchase the remaining 12 out of his own pocket. To date the annual campaign has donated more than 8,000 coats to area kids in need, a tribute to the generosity of our members and Sylvester's tenacity and perseverance.

Sylvester would pour that same passion into his work as a State Representative for the 80th District. In just two years Sylvester introduced 3 Bills and co-sponsored another 69. His hard work did not go unnoticed, the 96th General Assembly voted him, “Freshman of the Year.”

Before his bid for the State House, Sylvester ran and won a seat on the Black Jack Fire Board in 1998 and served as Chairman until 2010. During that time, he signed the first-ever Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for employees of the District. Later he would work to implement a ‘Boston Harbor’ Project Labor Agreement, ensuring all work for the Fire District would be performed by contractors represented by unions affiliated with the AFLCIO. The language in this agreement, which included minority-participation mandates, would be copied for use by the St. Louis Public Schools.

Currently an Officer on the Examining Board, Sylvester has served our industry as General Foreman, Foreman, and Steward. His work with the EWMC continues as an Officer on their Executive Board, most recently establishing a Community Day of Service; A day where EWMC members serve lunch at the local veteran’s home and then head off to help maintain Greenwood Cemetery, the resting place of Harriet Robinson Scott and many of the Buffalo Soldiers, the first peacetime African-American US Army regiment formed after the Civil War.

A devoted family man Sylvester beams with pride over his wife of 26 years Ernestine, their 3 kids, and 6 grandchildren!

Business Manager Frank Jacobs and the Unity Club recommends Sylvester Taylor as Officer for the Examining Board.

Sylvestor Taylor
Age: 51
Classification: Journeyman Wireman
Executive Board, Electrical Workers Minority Caucus, Saint Louis Chapter
Officer, Examining Board, 2016 - Present
Sergeant-at-Arms, 2009 – 2016
Chairman, Fire Standards and Safety Commission
Deacon, New Salem Baptist Church

 

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