From left to right – Monte McNaughton (Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development), Susanne Manikus (Journeyperson), James Barry (EST, IBEWCCO), Deneen Clairmont (Journeyperson), Doug Ford (Premier of Ontario), Darci Spiteri (Apprentice)
On September 3rd, IBEW Executive Secretary Treasurer, James Barry and IBEW Local 105 Business Manager, Steve Fox, were joined by Ontario Premier Doug Ford and Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development, Monte McNaughton at Local 105’s Training Centre.
James Barry provided the following statement:
On behalf of the IBEW CCO, I would like to thank Premier Doug Ford and Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development, Monte McNaughton, for taking the time to tour IBEW Local 105’s impressive training facility and speak to our dedicated and passionate apprentices and journeypersons.James Barry
We appreciate their interest in the electrical trade and the importance of training to ensure worker and public safety.
I would also like to thank the government for the investments they have made in the construction industry to help ensure Ontario has the critical infrastructure it needs to maintain and build our economy. Our industry, like others, didn’t exactly have a playbook on how to deal with COVID-19. But even during the height of the pandemic, our industry persevered, ensuring essential services were maintained safely and professionally. The IBEW CCO will continue to be here to help and we look forward to working with the provincial government to ensure Ontario not only recovers but grows stronger.”
Executive Secretary Treasurer
IBEW Construction Council of Ontario