IBEW Local 353
Joe Fashion first joined IBEW in 1957 and in 1987 became its Business Manager after winning a run-off election.
With Fashion’s guidance, 80-85 per cent of the low-rise residential sector unionized within Local 353. Prior to 1997, this sector was completely non-union. A major organizing victory came in 2002 with the certification of 230 electricians at TROM Electric – the largest electrical contractor ever organized by Local 353. New initiatives in labour education, health and safety, and political action are also achievements resulting from Fashion’s tenure.