We chat with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 353 Business Manager Steven Martin about the benefits and opportunities that come with being a member of their union. We also speak with Kimoy Francique, a 15-year journeyperson who is also a fire alarm technician about her journey in the trades.
ABOUT IBEW Local 353
The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 353 is a forward-thinking, highly skilled, and dedicated electrical union. IBEW Local 353 represents approximately 11,000 members who work in a variety of electrical disciplines and who work across central Ontario, spanning from Toronto to Peterborough to Parry Sound. Established in 1903, IBEW Local 353 has since been successfully representing licensed electricians and registered apprentices in the construction industry. Today, the IBEW remains a hard-working organization of top-notch electricians and like-minded professionals committed to benefiting the integrity of our industry. IBEW Local 353 members work to a Code of Excellence. Our code of excellence is designed to instill a sense of pride and professionalism in our membership. This attitude demonstrates to our employers and customers that IBEW Local 353 is synonymous with excellence – its success demands that members demonstrate teamwork on the job and project a good attitude in regards to the work we do both on and off the job. IBEW Local 353 is dedicated to bettering the lives of our members and the teams of accomplished contractors we work with, and we are working to bridge the gap between contractors and members’ relations. We uphold the highest standards for training and education as well as workmanship quality in the electrical field.