Maryland Heights, MO – John Ebeling, vice president of CWA Local 6300’s Print & Media Sector, was honored at the Jan. 17 union meeting for his 65 years of continuous, active service to the union.
Local 6300 presented Ebeling with a cake and a sports-like banner bearing the CWA logo and the number 65.
Ebeling began his career in 1952 as an apprentice at Mendle Printing Company and later worked at the Wellston Journal, the Stockyard Reporter and the Daily Record.
Ebeling spent 13 years as the Daily Record chapel chairperson, and served on the executive committee for the St. Louis Typographical No. 8 Board of Trustees and the local’s organizing and bargaining committees. In 1975, he was elected Local 8’s president.
In 1987, when the International Typographical Union (ITU) merged with the Communications Workers of America and formed the Printing, Publishing and Media Workers Sector, Ebeling became vice president of the sector, a position he still holds today.
“It’s been great,” said Ebeling, who also serves on the Greater St. Louis Labor Council’s executive board and was taken by surprise by his local’s recognition. “I enjoy what I’m doing. God’s been good. My family has been good and I’ve worked with some really good people.
“They say the best way to be successful is to surround yourself with really great people,” Ebeling said. “I’ve been grateful for that for 65 years.”
Ebeling also was honored for his service recently at the Print and Media Workers Sector’s 28th annual conference in Pittsburgh.