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March 2019 LiveWire Newsletter
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MARCH 2019

Upcoming Events

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


March 13, 2019

ECA Regular

Membership Meeting

Union League Club of Chicago

Chicago, IL



March 15, 2019

65th Annual

Paddy's Day Luncheon

Chicago Hilton & Towers

Chicago, IL




March 19, 2019

IMSCA Lobby Day

The Inn at 835

Springfield, IL




March 27, 2019

Project Scheduling and Time Management Made Easy Seminar

Drake Oak Brook Hotel

Oak Brook, IL




April 10, 2019

ECA Regular

Membership Meeting

Gene & Georgetti's

Rosemont, IL




April 15 - 18, 2019

Basic Electrical

Estimating Workshop

Drake Oak Brook Hotel

Oak Brook, IL



April 29 - April 30, 2019
NECA Legislative Conference
Washington, D.C.





May 15 - 16, 2019

"Agile Construction

101 Classes"

Crowne Plaza

Northbrook, IL





May 17, 2019

"Agile Construction -

A Path to



Crowne Plaza


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


"Powering Chicago" (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. As a reminder, we also invite to join us on Facebook and LinkedIn!

February Membership Meeting Highlights


The Electrical Contractors' Association of City of Chicago (ECA) held its February Membership Meeting on Wednesday, February 13, 2019 at Maggiano's Banquets in Oak Brook, Illinois.


Pictured above from left to right are:

Richard Jamerson, ECA President,

Jamerson & Bauwens Electrical Contractors, Inc.,

Ryan James Boyle and Michael Nieves, Northern Trust .



ECA Student Committee Update


The ECA Student Committee oversees the activities of the NECA IIT Student Chapter. The Student Chapter is currently participating with the NECA Green Energy Challenge. This year's challenge will focus on an energy audit of Provident Hospital in Chicago.


Pictured above are the students at Provident Hospital at a pre-planning meeting.



ECA Programming 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 Forms / Information for these events are on the ECA website in the Community Events area. Also, initial registrations for any seminar is limited to four per member firm; however, if there are spots still available close to a seminar date, the waiting list will be reviewed.







"Pre-Planning Beyond the Basics" Seminar

The Electrical Contractors' Association of City of Chicago (ECA) Research and Education Committee held a seminar called, "Pre-Planning - Beyond the Basics" which was held on February 20, 2019 at the Drake Oak Brook Hotel in Oak Brook, Illinois.

Pictured above is Mark Federle, McShane Chair in

Construction Engineering and Management at Marquette University,

as he began the seminar.


NECA Programming Updates


2019 Safety Achievement Program


NECA invites member companies to participate in the annual Recognition of Safety Achievement Program. Awards will be presented to top performing organizations in each district based on company size and to all organizations with zero injuries and illness within the reporting year.

2019 recognitions are based on objective criteria available from your OSHA 300 report and worker's compensation insurance provider for the 2018 calendar year.

NOTE: All 2019 users must register for the awards website, any previous year's user accounts have been removed and will need to be re-added. Deadline is April 30, 2019.

Start your application process »

Download 2019 program guidelines »




NECA On-line Project Management Class Available


"Communication Best Practices for Project Managers" discusses the typical types of communications a project manager has and provides strategies to improve those communications. This short, on-demand online course will help improve the effectiveness of the everyday communications electrical project managers have.

Want to participate in the development of NECA's online project management training?

View more information here »


You will need your NECA Username and Password for the following links:

Access this course »View all of NECA's online project management training »

IMSCA Legislative Updates


IMSCA Lobby Day


IMSCA's 2019 Lobby Day event will be held Tuesday, March 19th. This year's event will feature guest speakers Senator John Mulroe and Representative Luis Arroyo. As the sponsors of IMSCA's retainage reform legislation, they will provide their "insider view" of IMSCA's efforts to pass this important legislation. TheLobby Day will coincide with IMSCA's quarterly Board and Membership meeting at 11:00 a.m. at The Inn.The Inn is located at 835 South 2nd Street, Springfield, IL. Lobby Day activities will begin at 12:00 p.m. Attendees will receive a legislative overview of current bills being considered and will be reminded of procedures for speaking to elected officials. Lunch will be provided prior to heading to the Capital to lobby legislators. This year's event will also include a joint IMSCA and ICIC Legislative Reception starting at 5:00 p.m. at the Sangamo Club located at 227 East Adams Street in Springfield. All Lobby Day attendees are welcome and invited to attend the board meeting.


The deadline to register for Lobby Day is Friday, March 8th.




IMSCAPAC Fundraiser


IMSCA-PAC's 2019 fundraising effort is underway!THANKS to the generosity of our IMSCA members for prize donations, SIX RAFFLE WINNERS will be drawn this year!Tickets are $50 each.Each ticket purchased buys you a chance to win the prize of your choice.


Your choices include:

  • FOUR tickets to cheer on the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field (Date TBA).This prize also includes parking passes and a $250 Hilton Hotels gift card (Value: $1,300.00).Donated by Tom Morton, LLD Electric Company and SMACNA Greater Chicago.
  • FOUR tickets to cheer on the Chicago Blackhawks vs. St. Louis Blues at the United Center (Date 2019-20 TBA).These are 200 Club Level seats with parking passes.This prize also includes a $250 Hilton Hotels gift card (Value: $750.00).Donated by Jim McGlynn, McWilliams Electric Company and SMACNA Greater Chicago.
  • $500 Amazon gift card.Donated by Illinois Plumbing Heating Cooling Contractors Association.
  • $500 Cabela's gift card.Donated by Electrical Contractors Association of Chicago.
  • $500 Best Buy gift card.Donated by PCA Midwest/Plumbing Council.
  • $500 Bass Pro Shops gift card.Donated by Illinois Chapter NECA.


This is a great fundraiser package containing something for everyone.The winning tickets will be drawn at IMSCA's Board and Membership meeting on June 14, 2019.The winners do not need to be present to win.


Area Safety Update


Construction Expo & Safety Conference


The Construction Safety Council (CSC) will hold a Construction Expo & Safety Conference on March 4 - 5, 2019 at the Drury Lane Conference Center.


Executive Committee Stipend:
The ECA Executive Committee recently approved a stipend for this safety conference for the Registration fee for up to two ECA members each per each participating firm.Reimbursement(s) to the firm(s) will be made after the Conference.


Please click on the link forRegistration




Joint Safety Forum


This JointSafety event was sponsored by the Electrical Contractors' Association of City of Chicago (ECA) Safety Committee in conjunction with the Northeastern Illinois Chapter, NECA andthe Local Union #701 IBEW Safety Committee.The event was held onFriday, February 8, 2019 at theIBEW-NECA Technical Institute (INTECH) inAlsip, Illinois.This Safety program featured a 4-Hour Silica Program called,"Controlling Silica Hazards in Construction" and aneSafetyLine Informational Update.


Pictured from left to right are:

Patrick Foley, Milwaukee Tool, Joe O'Connor, Intec,

Jerry McGlynn, ECA Safety Committee Chairman and

Paul Satti, Construction Safety Council






CSC March Schedule


For a listing of coursework available through the Construction Safety Council (CSC) for the month of March 2019, please click on the link:

Industry Statistics - December 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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