By TIM ROWDEN
IBEW Local 1 said “thank you” to two of its veteran officers, who between them have served the union for more than eight decades, at an open house June 3 at the union’s Henry Miller Museum in St. Louis.
Honored for their service to Local 1 and the Labor Movement were:
• Tom George, a 52-year member, whose storied career included being president of Local 1 for 19 years; eight years in the Missouri House of Representatives heading a number of critical committees; vice president of the Missouri AFL-CIO, the Greater St. Louis Labor Council and the Missouri State Conference of Electrical Workers; a founding member of the North County Labor Legislative Club; an instructor in the union’s apprenticeship program; and trustee on many of the union’s trust funds including its Joint Labor-Management Committee. He currently is serving as vice chairman for the Missouri Health and Educational Facilities Authority.
• Tim Murray, a 35-year member, who retires as a business representative and has served as the union’s treasurer and executive board member; chairman of the local’s Safety committee and Hiring Hall Review committee; Trustee of the Market Research Committee; and Trustee of the Joint Labor Management Committee. He is a founding member of the Rockwood Labor Club and an executive board member of the City Labor Club.
“We are honored to have men of this caliber as IBEW Local 1 members and wish them well in their retirement,” said Local 1 Business Manager Frank Jacobs as he and President Don Bresnan Jr. presented commendations to both men for service to their union and the community from the Missouri Senate in front of the eternal flame that burns outside the museum. Tiles in their honor will be added to the area around the eternal flame.
The framed Missouri Senate certificates were authored and signed by Missouri Senators Gina Walsh, president of the Missouri Building & Construction Trades Council (Insulators Local 1), and Jake Hummel, secretary-treasurer, Missouri AFL-CIO (IBEW Local 1).