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IBEW 43: Work done well, work done right

Joining the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 43 has quickly become a family affair for Tom Ryan.

Ryan, who has worked as an electrician for 37 years, owning his own company for much of that time, became a card-carrying member of the Syracuse-based IBEW Local 43 last year. His son, Sean, is currently enrolled in IBEW 43’s extensive training program, which it teaches in conjunction with the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA).

“I toured their building, and the facility is second to none,” said the elder Ryan, who works out of Utica. “I’m confident that my son is getting the best training possible from IBEW/NECA, which is important because when he’s not in school, he’s working alongside me.”

Apprentices spend one day a week at the state-of-the art facility, located in Clay. Most work in the field the rest of the week during the training period, which typically is five years. In order to be accepted into IBEW/NECA, electricians must have completed at least 10,000 hours of work experience or classroom training, or a combination of both.

Class sizes are small, ensuring concentrated teaching from IBEW/NECA’s fully certified instructors.

“The guys I’ve hired from Local 43 the past year have given me nothing but quality work and efficient work,” Ryan said. “I’m a working owner, so I see each day how great the work is.”

Ryan’s company is currently rewiring buildings at the former Griffiss Air Force Base in Rome.

IBEW Local 43 covers 11 counties, stretching from Wayne to Otsego. It was founded in 1897, and currently has 1,200 members who work for 86 union-affiliated contractors.

Local projects that have recently been completed by IBEW Local 43 include Syracuse University’s Center of Excellence, additions to St. Joseph’s Hospital and the Golisano Children’s Hospital at SUNY Upstate Medical University.

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