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Chris Clermont for Recording Secretary

Chris is a third generation, 33-year member and son of the former Secretary of the Executive Board, Ben (Benny) Clermont, a 67-year member! Many older members reflect fondly on Chris’s retired Vote for the Unity Club Candidates!father, and as the saying goes, “the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.” Business Manager Frank Jacobs takes great pride in the fact that his recommendation for Recording Secretary has a reputation as a talented Journeyman Wireman and devoted union man. Chris’s calm demeanor would serve him well as Chief Steward for Business Representative’s Dave Stanley and Steve Muehling during the recent General Motors shutdown, where Chris would have over 275 members under his protection. Recognizing Chris’s ability to administer to the concerns of our members on a massive scale, Business Manager Jacobs selected him to help coordinate our ongoing efforts to place Senate Bill 19 on the ballot in 2018. Chris has been officially appointed Director of our signature gathering efforts for the Referendum Petition on Right-to-Work.

In 2013 Chris was selected to attend the Construction Organizing Membership Education Training (COMET) ‘Train-the-Trainer’ class in Kansas City, Missouri. Chris would then work with Business Manager Jacobs to modify the curriculum to meet the unique needs of our Local Union. Annually, Chris joins Vice-President Frankie Valleroy and Examining Board Officer Josh Peniston in delivering the 8-hour curriculum to our graduating apprentices.

Chris has continued his professional development throughout his career as a Journeyman Wireman, enrolling in night classes and attending the annual Significant Code Changes seminars offered through our Labor-Management partnership. In addition to his experience as a Steward and Shop Steward, Chris has also managed jobsites as a Foreman and General Foreman.

In 2015 Chris accepted an appointment to the Examining Board while working as an assistant steward on the BJC Campus Expansion. On his election as a Delegate to the 39th Convention in Saint Louis Chris said, “It was a tremendous honor to represent the membership of this Local Union on our 125th birthday! It is certainly the highlight of my career to date!”

His “by the book” approach and attention to detail made him an ideal candidate for the position of Recording Secretary, a position approved by the Executive Board in 2016.

As a devoted IBEW Local 1 member, Chris believes strong membership participation is VITAL to keep us moving in a positive direction for a higher standard of living now….and for future generations.

Business Manager Frank Jacobs and the Unity Club recommend Brother Chris Clermont for the position of Recording Secretary. Thank You!

Chris Clermont
Age: 52
Classification: Journeyman Wireman
Recording Secretary, 2016 - Present
Delegate, 39th International Convention
Examining Board Officer, 2015 - 2016
COMET Instructor, 2013 - Present
Member, Tri-County Labor Club 
Steward

Family
Father - Ben Clermont, former Secretary of the Executive Board, Treasurer
Brother - Dennis Clermont, Journeyman Wireman

Frank Jacobs

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