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August 2018 LiveWire Newsletter
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Upcoming Events

We hope that you will be able to attend these events:



August 6, 2018

ComEd Solar Forum

Oak Brook Marriott

Oak Brook, IL




August 23, 2018

End-of-Summer event

Architectural Boat Tour

Chicago, IL




September 5, 2018

ECA Regular Membership Meeting

Swift & Sons Restaurant

Chicago, IL





September 19, 2018

"Interviewing Skills" Seminar

Drake Oak Brook Hotel

Oak Brook, IL




Sept. 29 -October 2, 2018

NECA Convention &

Trade Show

Philadelphia, PA




October 10, 2018

ECA Regular Membership Meeting

Smith & Wollensky's Restaurant

Chicago, IL




October 17, 2018
"Are You a Project Manager or a Project Witness?"

Drake Oak Brook Hotel

Oak Brook, IL





October 18, 2018

Electric Association

Membership Awards Dinner

Carlisle Banquets

Lombard, IL






November 14 - 16, 2018


McCormick Place

Chicago, IL






November 15, 2018

"Benefits of NECA"

Drake Oak Brook Hotel

Oak Brook, IL



Quick Links


ECA Website
(The collective bargaining agreements, industry statistics, among other industry information is available on the website.

No log-in is required.)

NECA Website

LMCC Website

Local Union #134, IBEW Website








The Electrical Contractors' Association of City of Chicago (ECA) Research and Education Committee is proud to present educational video content that is now available on the ECA website.


Please visit the ECA website at:www.ecachicago.comand under theECA Resources section, please click on the

VIDEO drop down section. A pop-up box will appear and please type in ECAVIDEO as the password.


You do not need to be logged into the website to access the material. So, anyone from your firm can use the password to view the material.



The current content that is available includes the following:


Electrical Project Supervision (EPS) video series.

The videos have Norb Slowikowski, Slowikowski & Associates, Inc. facilitating the programs.


The videos are divided into six sections.Each section is disseminated into various sub-sections.Each video has a description and expectation of the content for the viewer to better utilize the material presented.


Please note: The last three sections are a work-in-progress as each have the video content; however, full descriptions / expectations are to follow later this summer.



"When Generations Connect"

This is a 1 hour 37 minute video of the presentation offered during the business session of the ECA 47th Annual Spring Conference. The program was presented by Mr. Phil Gwoke, Bridgeworks. It describes generational communication and its impact on the workplace. This video will only be available on-line until August 31, 2018.















Electrical Contractors' Association of City of Chicago


Chicago & Cook County Chapter, NECA

Phone: 708-531-0022
Fax: 708-531-0071

Dear Industry Associate,

Please review this month's LiveWire newsletter. We hope you enjoy the local and national industry updates.

ECA Legislative Activity

Representatives from the Electrical Contractors' Association of City of Chicago (ECA) met with Congressman Brad Schneider on June 29, 2018.

Pictured above from left to right are:
Giuseppe Muzzupappa, NEIL Chpt.,
Richard Jamerson, ECA Vice President,
Jamerson & Bauwens Electrical Contractors, Inc.,
Steve Diamond, Malko Communication Services, LLC,
Congressman Brad Schneider,
David Hardt, NECA Past President, Hardt Electric, Inc., and
Jeffrey Harger, HLP Systems, Inc.



IMSCA Update

The Illinois Mechanical and Specialty Contractors Association (IMSCA) works on behalf of ECA and a number of statewide subcontractor trade associations in regard to business issues brought before the Illinois General Assembly. Please click on the "Learn More" link for a Summer update.


ECA Educational Programming Update

The ECA Research and Education Committee is proud to sponsor three programs in the Fall: "Interviewing Skills" leads off on September 19th, "Are You a Project Manager or a Project Witness" is on October 17th and "Benefits of NECA" is on November 15th. Please click on the "Learn More" tab below for information and registration for these programs.


Electric Association "Hall of Fame" Award

The Electric Association Membership Awards Dinner will be held on Thursday, October 18, 2018, at the Carlisle Distinct Banquets in Lombard, IL.ECA member, Ken Bauwens, EIT Management Chairman, Jamerson & Bauwens Electrical Contractors, Inc. will receive the "Hall of Fame Award." Hall of Fame inductions are designed to honor outstanding individuals who have played a key role in the development and nurturing of the electrical industry and who have played a creative role in Chicagoland. This award recognizes individuals whose innovation, hard work, dedication, and vision have fostered industrial growth and social progress. We congratulate Ken and all of the other awardees. The 2018 Electric Association Membership Award Recipients are: Gold Medal Award - Thomas O'Gara, Remke Industries, Hall of Fame Inductions: Ken Bauwens, Jamerson & Bauwens Electrical Contractors, Jim Kingsley, Callas-Kingsley Electrical Sales and Steven Monforton, Environmental Systems Design. Visit www.eachicago.orgfor registration information.

Pictured above is Ken Bauwens, EIT Management Chairman,
Jamerson & Bauwens Electrical Contractors, Inc.

NECA Updates


NECA Convention

"Early Bird" Rate until August 1st

The NECA 2018 Convention will be held in historic Philadelphia! We hope that you will join us in the "City of Brotherly Love" to experience the numerous educational and business programs, learn about the newest updates in technology. We hope that you will visit the many sites in Philadelphia, including the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall (where the Declaration of Independence and Constitution were signed), the iconic "Rocky" steps at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, among many others.



The ECA Executive Committee approved the stipend of the Registration Fee for up to two representatives and their guests from each ECA member firm that registers for the Convention. The registrations will be reimbursed to the applicable companies after the Convention.


The event is being held September 29 - October 2, 2018. Registration opened May 31, 2018!





Over the past 6 months, NECA's Energy Conservation and Performance Platform (ECAP)has provided $31 million in project financing to NECA contractors. Based off of that success, and in an effort to support the association's 1025 initiative, NECA is piloting a new inventory finance offering throughECAPas a way of helping small to mid-size contractors manage their cash flows.

This is afree and exclusiveservice for members.There is zero cost to open or maintain the line of credit, regardless of whether or not it is used and there is no pre-payment penalty. The line of credit ranges from up to $250,000 with the simple form and up to $5 million when additional information is provided. If you'd like to get started now, contactMirMustafa atMMM@necanet.orgor (301) 215-4556.

Learn more »


NECA 2nd Annual NextGen Conference

The National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) will be hosting its secondannual NextGen Conference September 5-6, 2018, in Washington, D.C. This annual meeting is the premiere legislative conference for the next generation of electrical contractors to learn about the top issues affecting the industry and to meet the leaders who are working to provide real solutions.

This conference is about policy, not partisanship. Accordingly, leading members from both sides of the political aisle will be on hand to brief participants on the latest happenings on Capitol Hill and to engage in robust policy discussions to ensure that YOUR voice is heard during the policy making process.

Additionally, members attending this conference will have the opportunity to join the NECA NextGen Political Leadership Council (PLC) program.

Who Should Attend:

This conference is designed for NECA contractors who are the emerging leaders in their companies and who are looking for opportunities to get involved in NECA's government affairs efforts. If you regularly attend NECA's Annual Legislative Conference, send a recruit in your company or chapter with an interest in Advocacy to attend this very unique conference.

Who Should NOT Attend:

This is an introductory conference for NECA members that are new to government affairs. Please do not sign up for the NextGen meeting if you regularly attend NECA's Annual Legislative Conference.

If you attended the NextGen Conference last year and received your certificate, your next step should be to attend the NECA Legislative Conference next Spring in Washington, DC.

What to Expect:

  • Policy Updates
    NextGen attendees will be fully briefed on NECA's top legislative issues and instructed on how to have an effective meeting with their Member of Congress.
  • Hill Meetings
    The following day, attendees will be on Capitol Hill for their Congressional meetings where they will have the opportunity to share their story with key legislators and discuss the policies impacting the electrical construction industry. NECA staff will be on hand to assist attendees in their meetings.
  • Networking
    There will be plenty of opportunities to network with peers at the evening receptions and group dinner.


ELECTRI Publication 

A new report, "Supply Chain Disruption," investigates the impact of owner-supplied or GC-supplied material and equipment. This investigation was conducted by MCA, Inc., and focused on evaluating the value transfer throughout the construction supply chain to the end customers. In this research report, contractors will learn more about ways the issues of cost, time, and quality can be used to explain to developers and GCs why direct purchase may not be the best (profitable) route to take. The ELECTRI report details how cost reduction is a collaborative approach to information sharing and cost reduction when the waste of resources is reduced and productivity and throughput are increased.


November 14 - 16, 2018

Registration is now OPEN for the 2018 Greenbuild Conference and Expo this November in Chicago! Check out all the education sessions, summits, and toursand then register for the sessions and events you want today. Buddy Guy, Blues Guitar Legend is the headliner.


Greenbuild International Conference and Expo is the face to face experience for sustainability in the built environment. It's for professionals in architecture, construction, engineering, planning, and interior design who depend on thoughtful and ethical solutions which promote wellness and resiliency in construction and urban development. Sustainability is the foundation of Greenbuild. Greenbuild is the only event genuinely dedicated to sustainability in the built environment, from the sessions we present to the products on the show floor to the way the event is produced. By participating with Greenbuild, you can return to the field armed with the education and discoveries that will empower your decisions, influence your actions, and inspire your dialogue-prompting you to share sustainability with others.

The theme for Greenbuild 2018 is Human By Nature.

The green building movement embraces all of humanity by making sustainable buildings and environments accessible to everyone, and in doing so, benefits the natural environment all around us. We are helping people understand their role in protecting and preserving the natural environment and leveraging the built environment to:

  1. Enhance human health and wellbeing
  2. Ensure resiliency
  3. Mitigate climate change
  4. Enhance community and social equity
  5. Restore and protect our ecosystems
  6. Enhance building efficiency and performance
  7. Promote sustainable design

The future of the human race is interlaced with the future of the planet, and the sustainable practices we celebrate and advance at Greenbuild remind us that our success as sustainability advocates, practitioners and professionals is more than a movement, it is a responsibility. Please click on the "Learn More" link for registration information.



Safety Update

ESFI Releases New Safety and National Electrical Code Resources

The Electrical Safety Foundation International has released some new resources on the National Electrical Code (NEC)®for organizations including electrical contractors.


CSC August Schedule

For a listing of coursework available through the Construction Safety Council (CSC) for the month of August 2018, please click on the

Industry Statistics - May 2018


Stay on top of monthly data for our industry: number of contractors active, quantity of people employed and total hours worked.


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