About W, Rob Axford

Rob was sworn in as a member of the IBEW Local 553 twenty-five years ago. He graduated from the Local's JATC program in 1999 and since, has been an instructor with the JATC for twelve years. Rob has held the position of Treasurer for the Local for eight years. In 2016 Rob was haired to be the Assistant Business Manager. Rob won buy popular vote in 2019 the Business Manager position, 2019 Has been a banner year for 553 at half a million man-hours. This hasn't been done for 20 years Rob lives in Hillsborough with his daughter and wife, Rebecca Axford. Rebecca is the Training Director of our Local's JATC. When not at work, Rob likes to spend time in the woods behind his house, BBQ, and scuba dive when visiting family in the Florida Keys. Rob's family is the most important part of his life and he loves to travel with them on road trips to the NC mountains and to the sea. Additional positions of interest. VP representing the IBEW for NC AFL-CIO Trustee of the Board of Trustees of Carolina Electrical Workers Retirement Fund VP on the Capital Work Force Development Board Trustee on the JATC

Coronavirus Update

Hello 553

IBEW LU 553 will be operating remotely for 2 weeks and conducting business as usual. Please at this time call in, and we’ll work to resolve questions over the phone.

During this time 553 will take an over the phone sign in for our out of work books. Call Jesse at 984-243-7340 to sign in. For a dues payment please call Betsy at 919-475-1402.  Please phone in to make a dues payment.

As of today 3/20/20 NC has had it’s first community spread case. So please look out for each other. 

Please consider all the news and information we’re hearing about relating to this global virus pandemic. Increase public persons proximity to yourself to avoid exposure (AKA Social Distancing) and following the important hygiene guidelines we’re now hearing so regularly are important to adhere to. Yes, we work near each other, but apply these methods as much as possible.

553 please take care of yourselves. Wash your hands as much as possible in public spaces. I’d like to think we can be in control of how we are exposed to this virus. Now the virus is in immediate areas around us, so stay vigilant!

Persons with the corona virus have been quarantined, but the virus can remain on surfaces and be transmitted by touch and then touching your face. Of course, a person with the virus may not show symptoms, so please use the proximity method we’re hearing about and wash your hands regularly.

On another note a happy note, 553 finally broke 500,000 man hours in 21 years of reporting, hooray!!! Back in 1999 & 2000 we were over 400,000 man hours but then got stuck in the 100’s for 10 years, and have broke out of the 200’s twice in the last 7 years … so this is a big achievement!! Thank you 553.

553, I hope you and your family are not affected in any way by this virus. please call me with any questions.
BM Rob Axford 919-323-5570