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December 2018 LiveWire Newsletter
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          DECEMBER 2018

Upcoming Events

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


December 8, 2018
Electric Association
27th Annual Homeless Children Christmas Party




December 12, 2018

ECA Holiday Luncheon

Chicago Athletic Association Hotel

12 S. Michigan Avenue

Chicago, IL



January 23, 2019

Cracking the "WIP" -

Driving Predictable Cost Projections Seminar

Drake Oak Brook Hotel

Oak Brook, IL




January 23 - 25, 2019

Electric Association Annual Conference

Drury Lane Conference Center

Oakbrook Terrace, IL





January 24, 2019

ECA Regular Membership Meeting

Drury Lane Conference Center

Oakbrook Terrace, IL

(Registration Fee is complimentary for the

EA Conference for all

ECA Membership Meeting Attendees!)




January 30, 2019

Tomorrow's Lighting Industry: What You Need to Know to Thrive Seminar

Drake Oak Brook Hotel

Oak Brook, IL





February 13, 2019

ECA Regular Membership Meeting

Maggiano's Banquets

Oak Brook, IL



February 21 - 22, 2019

ECA Young Professionals

"Achieve a Winning Lifestyle Through Leadership"


Please CLICK HERE for more information.

Registration to open, soon!



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 ECA is on Facebook:


The ECA is on Linkedin:




Young Professionals is on Linkedin:





Electrical Contractors' Association of City of Chicago


Chicago & Cook County Chapter, NECA

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

Dear Tim,


Please review this month's LiveWire newsletter. We hope you enjoy the local and national industry updates. The ECA has enhanced its social media presence. We also invite to join us on Facebook and LinkedIn!

November Membership Meeting Highlights


The Electrical Contractors' Association of City of Chicago (ECA) held its November Membership Meeting on Wednesday, November 14, 2018 at Gene & Georgetti's in Rosemont, Illinois. The program featured industry updates from various labor management trusts and association(s). Also, the ECA 2019 Executive Committee slate was voted on and approved!

Pictured from left to right are:
Steve Doty, LMCC Communications Director,
Ali Novinger, Electric Association Executive Director,
John Prendergast, INTECH Training Coordinator,
Sean Madix, EIT Benefit Funds Director,
Dr. John Donahue, INTECH Training Director / LMCC Director and
William Heffernan, co-founder of ERS, Inc.




Industry Activity


City of Chicago Ordinance


An Ordinance amending Chapter 4-290 of the Chicago Municipal Code recently passed through the City Council in late September 2018. The Ordinance concerned electrical contractor registration and related trade licensing.





"Workplace Violence:Are You Prepared" Seminar


The ECA Research and Education Committee in conjunction with other area Trade Associations held a seminar called, "Workplace Violence: Are You Prepared?" The program was held on October 24, 2018 at Maggiano's Banquets in Schaumburg, IL.


Pictured above from left to right are:

Kyle Cochran, CSP, Vista Safety Consulting, LLC,
Dan Skoczylas, CLS Background Investigations / Makton Investigations and
Amber Cox, Laner Muchin.





NECA Reviews Pension Select Committee Draft Proposal (Article includes Two Updates)


UPDATE #1 - Previous Information (from mid-November):


Since 2014, NECA has been working to reform and modernize the multiemployer pension (MEP) system through the adoption of composite plans. The main legislative vehicle NECA has advocated for is the passage of theGiving Retirement Options to Workers Act (H.R. 4997).


Earlier this year, Congress created a new bipartisan and bicameral special committee to help devise a comprehensive solution to address the shortcomings of the current system, solve the financial problems of other non-NECA pension plans, and address the future needs of the MEP system. TheJoint Select Committee on Solvency of Multiemployer Pension Plans(the JSC) had until November 30, 2018 to craft a legislative solution for Congress to consider. NECA Government Affairs reviewed the proposed draft plan and they believe it is currently unworkable and detrimental to NECA plans nationwide.


The draft plan has several fatal flaws of major concern for NECA contractors:

1) It drastically increases premiums in funding for the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC);


2) It lowers discount rates and will have a serious negative zone impact on plans;


3) It implements an extremely punitive exit premium charge so that contractors will be forced to remain in the system; and,


4) The proposal does not explicitly mention inclusion of the GROW Act. NECA has long worked towards responsible restructuring of the multi-employer pension system. The lack of composite plans alone is a non-starter for our industry and when combined with the aforementioned concerns, NECA Government Affairs believe the JSC must substantially rewrite their proposal before the Committee meets on November 29, 2018 to vote on the proposal.


NECA Government Affairs is working to express the concerns with the draft proposal and will continue to keep you informed on how these discussions proceed. Please be prepared to weigh in with your Senators and Representative in the near future.


UPDATE #2: Most recent update from NECA Government Affairs:


Thank you for your patience and support for our efforts as we continue to work towards our goal of enacting responsible pension reform. Within the last 24 hours we have seen significant developments:

  • We have confirmation that original draft proposal leaked late last week was one of several options on the table and is no longer under consideration.
  • Talks have all but ceased between members of the Joint Select Committee on the Solvency of Multiemployer Pensions (the JSC).
  • While Senator Orrin Hatch expressed faith that the Committee would continue to work towards a solution, Co-Chairman Senator Sherrod Brown stated that a full agreement is out of reach before the November 30 deadline.
  • The Committee will not hold any official markup or conceptual meeting prior to the Nov 30 deadline.
  • It is unclear as to whether or not the JSC will dissolve following the Nov. 30 deadline or if it will be granted an extension into 2019.
  • NECA executives, including CEO John Grau, continue to meet with top members of the JSC and other Congressional leaders to ensure that our members are well-represented.
  • There is no new draft outline, proposal, or legislative language at this time.

To echo past correspondence, this issue continues to be extraordinarily multifaceted and constantly shifting. Since the JSC has still not scheduled a hearing, no proposed legislation has been drafted, and the outlook of an agreement before Nov. 30 relatively bleak, we continue to urge restraint as we finalize the appropriate messaging and form of communication from all NECA stakeholders to Capitol Hill on this topic.


The staff in Washington, DC will continue to work tirelessly on your behalf representing NECA members across the country.




Merit Awards 2019
Enter Your Construction Project

The Chicago Building Congress Merit Awards Committee invites CBC members and non-members to submit entries for the CBC's 2019 Merit Awards competition. This program recognizes the most outstanding construction projects from the past three years in the Chicagoland area.

Monday, Jan., 14, 2019

Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019.
(Projects must be completed by Dec., 31, 2018.)

Categories for 2019

New Construction Under $15 Million
New Construction $15 - $55 Million
New Construction Over $55 Million
Renovation & Adaptive Reuse UNDER $10 Million
Renovation & Adaptive Reuse OVER $10 Million
Infrastructure Construction
Industrial Construction
Interior Build-Out
CBC/COAA Owners' Choice Award


ECA / NECA Programming


NECA/ IIT Student Chapter


The most recent NECA IIT Student Chapter Meeting was held on Monday, November 5, 2018 at the IIT Smart Tech Lab.


Pictured above from left to right are:

Mark Thomas, ECA Executive Vice President,

Brian Haug, Continental Electrical Construction Company,

Harry Ohde and Robert Hattier, Local Union #134 IBEW.




"Benefits of NECA" Seminar


The final ECA Research and Education Committee sponsored program for 2018 was called, "Benefits of NECA." The session was held on Thursday, November 15, 2018 at the Drake Oak Brook Hotel, Oak Brook, IL.


Pictured above is David Ward, NECA Midwest Region Field Representative,
as he began his presentation.





ECA Research and Education Committee Sponsored Seminars for 2019

The ECA Research and Education Committee has coordinated an ambitious schedule for 2019. Please click on the link below for the Program Schedule. Registration Information for these events to follow soon.








ECA Holiday Luncheon - December 12, 2018


The ECA will hold its Holiday Luncheon on Wednesday, December 12, 2018 from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm at the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel, 12 S. Michigan in Chicago. Valet Parking will be provided. This "magical" event is open to all ECA members firms / signatory NECA members and special guests! Please click on the link below to register. We look forward to seeing you at the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel on December 12, 2018!






NECA Career Center


NECA's Career Center is an innovative service that helps to connect contractors with quality workers in the electrical construction industry. Specifically, for members, their employees and chapters, the career center features resumes from NECA Student Chapters and qualified industry professionals. Now with LinkedIn authentication, job applicants are no longer limited to signing into the system with a NECA user ID and password, making it easier for users wanting to join our workforce. Edit/delete capabilities have also been added for both job seekers posting resumes, and contractors posting job descriptions."NECA decided to customize the job-seeking process for our members with a free, all-encompassing experience," says Wanessa Alves, NECA's Director of Members Relations. "NECA's Career Center is the perfect place to post jobs and view resumes." Members will still need to use their NECA userID and password for access, please contact Wanessa Alves at for assistance.



NECA Peer Group(s)

Interest in peer groups continues to be at an all-time high and, as a result, members are reaching out to NECA in search of groups to join. If you are already part of a peer group and are in search of a new member, or are looking to join, please contactWanessaAlves, Director of Member Relations (301-215-4532 or assistance. NECA National supports the formation of member peer groups but is not active in their ongoing activities. However, NECA can provide resources to any member interested in starting a peer group.



New ELECTRI Publication


ELECTRI International has issued a new research report, ELECTRICAL CONTRACTORS' GUIDE FOR GREAT EMPLOYERS, a step-by-step explanation of how electrical contractors can find the best field and managerial talent and keep them as positive, engaged members of the employer's work force. Every employer in every profession and industry benefits when they understand how to work with their employees - from attracting talent through the interview and selection processes to engaging with the workforce to keep them motivated and productive throughout their careers.


The research is presented by Kim E. Ruyle and Marian Wright.

  • Ruyle is President of Inventive Talent Consulting, a Florida-based firm that provides strategic talent management and organizational development consulting for leading global organizations. He has thirty years of experience in human resources, organizational development, and general management.
  • Wright, President of Wrightside Consulting, specializes in helping organizations achieve excellence by developing great leaders, building effective human resources strategies, and implementing a thoughtful approach to organizational change. She is a seasoned Human Resources leader with 17 years of experience.

This valuable, easy-to-follow handbook is available at no charge and can be downloaded from




Essential Clauses and the Advantage of Using ConsensusDocs

-- Free Webinar -- December 6, 2019 --
-- 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm EST --


Studies demonstrate that fair, best practice contracts achieve superior construction project results, while one-sided, outdated contracts filled with siloed clauses lead to claims and litigation. What clauses should you prioritize in negotiations to set a foundation for success, and which should you avoid? The two-main standard construction contract documents, AIA and ConsensusDocs, take different approaches in some areas and similar approaches in others.

Join Bob Majerus, Vice President and General Counsel of Hensel Phelps, and Brian Perlberg, Executive Director of ConsensusDocs, for this hour long session to learn how to:

  • Leverage the advantages in standard construction and architectural agreements to improve your bottom-line.
  • Utilize proper risk allocation to boost party relationships, profits, and avoid claims and delays.
  • Spot some contract killer clauses and contractual best practices to prioritize.
  • The differences and advantage between ConsensusDocs and the AIA A201.

Click here to Register ┬╗

Safety Update


NECA Releases Updated 70E PPE Selector Mobile App


The NFPA 70E PPE Selector mobile app now allows users to understand and apply the provisions found in the 2018 revision of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)'s "Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace, NFPA 70E." The app provides a simplified approach and understanding to jobsite PPE requirements by featuring an in-app job task analysis, briefings examples, and risk assessment tools with detailed requirement explanations. The app also provides users with arc flash PPE categories, glove charts, and specific PPE options for both direct and alternating current requirements. Maintenance related safety requirements are also included in the standard and is a basis for applying the provisions found in the "Table Method for implementing PPE and Arc Flash Protection." For more information, please





OSHA Issues Final Rule on Crane Operate Certification Requirements


The Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has published the final rule for Crane Operators Certification Requirements that will become effective on December 10, 2018.





CSC December Schedule


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

Industry Statistics - September 2018


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




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