Being in the Union in the 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s: A tradesman’s story

Mr. Ron Bond’s own words sum up his story best: “Most people know something about being an electrician, but many don’t know what it’s like to be a Black electrician.” 

Mr. Bond is a Journeyman - a recognized, skilled, master of his trade. 

Now retired, his story is a fascinating account of his path to this Journeyman status - his growing up years in the north while visiting the south, moving through the foster care system in the 50’s and 60’s, college education and family. 

Mr. Bond’s willingness to share his personal experiences of how race played a role on this path as well as in his day-to-day job and his position within the union in the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s offers insight into the unique challenges he faced as a Black electrician.