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November 2018 LiveWire Newsletter
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Upcoming Events

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


November 5, 2018

NECA IIT Student Chapter Meeting at 6:30 pm

IIT Smart Tech Lab

3424 S. State Street -

Room 2030

Chicago, IL

"Renewable Energy: Solar Application in the Electrical Industry" discussion conducted by Brian Haug,

Continental Electrical Construction Company and Harry Ohde and

Robert Hattier,

Local Union #134, IBEW.





November 6, 2018

Communication Technologies Forum:

Fall Conference
Union League Club of Chicago
This event is open

for all ECA members!




November 14, 2018

ECA Membership Meeting
Gene & Georgetti's

Rosemont, IL





November 14 - 16, 2018


McCormick Place

Chicago, IL





November 15, 2018

"Benefits of NECA"

Drake Oak Brook Hotel

Oak Brook, IL




December 12, 2018

ECA Holiday Luncheon

Chicago Athletic Association Hotel

12 S. Michigan Avenue

Chicago, 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







Electrical Contractors' Association of City of Chicago


Chicago & Cook County Chapter, NECA

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

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!

October Membership Meeting Highlights


The Electrical Contractors' Association of City of Chicago (ECA) held its October Membership Meeting on Wednesday, October 10, 2018 at Smith & Wollenky's in Chicago. The program featured legislative updates from James Farrell, NECA Government Affairs Manager and Jessica Newbold, IMSCA Executive Director.


Pictured above is James Farrell, NECA Government Affairs Manager

as he addressed the attendees.




Industry Activity


Apprentice Graduation Highlights

The IBEW - NECA Technical Institute (INTECH) held the Apprentice Graduation Ceremony on September 22, 2018 at the newly renovated school in Alsip, Illinois.


Pictured above are the Apprentices being recognized at the ceremony.



EA "Hall of Fame" Award


The Electric Association Membership Awards Dinner was 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. received 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.


Pictured above is Ken Bauwens, Jamerson & Bauwens Electrical Contractors, Inc. as he addressed the attendees.


Pictured above from left to right are:
Rachel Bauwens, Ken Bauwens and Karen Bauwens just before Ken received the "Hall of Fame" Award.


CISCO Scholarships


CISCO is now accepting applications for its 2019 Scholarship Program. The three different categories enable a wider range of students of both union building trade members and union contractor employees to apply.

CISCO offers (3), four-year scholarships to high school seniors; (2), two-year awards for seniors planning on attending a community college; and (2), two-year continuing education awards to union members or contractor employees.

All applications and accompanying documents must be postmarked by February 22, 2019. For more details,click here. To download the applications, click on the following category options: 1)Four-Year for Seniors; 2)Two-Year Community College for Seniors; 3)Two-Year Continuing Education.


CISCO Project of the Year Awards

CISCO'S Project of the Year Award is kicking off its 14th year of accepting applications for some of the best construction projects of the past 18 months. The award gives general contractors, owners, engineers and architects a chance to submit projects in six different categories that include the areas of new construction, renovation/rehabilitation, residential construction and infrastructure.

The deadline for applications is 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018.For more information, contact Gary Karafiat, Director of Communications & Public Affairs at 630.472.9411 or via email: To download the application form, click here.

ECA / NECA Programming


NECA Convention - Philadelphia


The NECA Convention & Trade Show was held in historic Philadelphia on September 29 - October 2, 2018. The Convention was host to many activities and celebrations.


President Donald Trump addressed the Convention attendees.



Upcoming ECA Seminar


The ECA Research and Education Committee is proud to sponsor one more program for the Fall: "Benefits of NECA" is on November 15th. Please click on the "Learn More" tab below for information and registration information.



"Are You a Project Manager or a Project Witness?" Seminar


The ECA Research and Education Committee sponsored a seminar called, "Are You a Project Manager or a Project Witness?" that was held on Wednesday, October 17, 2018 at the Drake Oak Brook Hotel, Oak Brook, Illinois. 40 were registered. The program was most informative as thecourse focused on process improvement and management and leadership techniques to provide participants with the foundation of management expertise they need to efficiently direct the entire project life cycle, from start-up to close-out.


Following this class, participants will be able to:

  • Differentiate between a manager and witness
  • List the phases of the management process
  • Discuss how to manage the cost of a project
  • Explain effective management and leadership techniques

We wish to thank Norb Slowikowski for his efforts!


Pictured above is Norb Slowikowski, Slowikowski & Associates, Inc.
as he began the program.


Pictured above is Norb Slowikowski, Slowikowski & Associates, Inc.

as he addressed the class.


ECA Young Professionals Event


The ECA Young Professionals Committee held its most recent ECA Young Professionals Group outing on October 24, 2018 at Topgolf in Wood Dale, IL. Highlights of the program included guest speakers: Brian Ekstrom, Regional Manager, PlanGridand Ken Phelps, Technical Specialist, BlueBeam. Details for a YP Conference is being finalized. That program is scheduled for February 21 - 22, 2019.

Pictured from left to right are: Ken Phelps, Blue Beam and

Brian Ekstrom, PlanGrid.


Pictured above is the opening of the session.



NECA Executive Management Institute


NECA's Executive Management Institute (EMI) has been scheduled for January 23 - 27, 2019 in Charleston, South Carolina. The program is designed for senior executives in the electrical contracting industry and provides state-of-the-art management concepts and analytical tools that build on existing knowledge of electrical contracting businesses and the industry to increase the value and effectiveness of electrical contracting firms. Please click on the "Learn More" link for Registration information.





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 for information regarding the newly renovated Chicago Athletic Association Hotel!



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

ECA Chicago Members know as well as anyone - green building isn't a temporary fad, and it's more than a movement; it's a responsibility. We all have a hand in it. Let's commit to a brighter future - one where sustainable buildings and environments are accessible to everyone. Immerse yourself in three days of education, or explore the floor, courtesy of ECA Chicago.


Registration is available for Greenbuild - the in-person experience for sustainability in the built environment. The event is this November at McCormick Place.

Learn more about why you should attend, and then register for a four-day or three-day conference pass. Or, explore the floor, courtesy of ECA Chicago! Use code REGIONALGB18L2 at registration. The expo hall is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on both Wednesday, November 14, and Thursday, November 15.


Please click on the "Learn More" link for registration information.



Safety Update

CSC November Schedule

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

Industry Statistics - August 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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