John Ebeling, vice president of the St. Louis Print and Media Sector of CWA Local 6300, was honored with a Distinguished Service Award – the first to be awarded – during the recent CWA District 6 conference in Little Rock, Ark.
Ebeling has been a union member for 61 years.
“This award is designed to recognize a member who has consistently performed in an unselfish, dedicated manner to our union and its members, CWA 6300 President Mike Mehringer said. “All of us here at Local 6300 believe no one is more deserving of this honor.”
Ebeling began his apprenticeship at Mendle Printing Company, was laid off and continued his apprenticeship at the Wellston Journal. That job was interrupted by four years of active duty in the Naval Air Reserve.
Upon his discharge, Ebeling returned to the Wellston Journal, then to the Stockyard Reporter to finish his apprenticeship.
As a journeyman, he worked at the St. Louis Daily Record, where he spent the next 13 years as chapel chairperson, executive committee member of St. Louis Typographical Union #8, on the board of trustees, the organizing committee, as a bargaining committee member, and a delegate to many conferences and ITU conventions.
Ebeling was employed by the St. Louis Daily Record when he was elected president of the local in 1975.
Ebeling currently serves as first vice-president of the St. Louis Labor Council, president of the St. Louis Allied Printing Trades Council and President of the Missouri State Allied Printing Trades Association.
Clearly not resting on his laurels, Ebeling has been tapped by Mehringer to train his union brothers and sisters in District 6 on the potential on organizing the print and media sectors in their local areas and importance of the union bug.