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Powering Chicago featured in upcoming Built to Last: Season 7
03/02/2021

Powering Chicago featured in upcoming Built to Last: Season 7

Tune into ABC channel 7 on Sunday, March 7th at Noon

The 7th Season of Emmy Award winning Built to Last on ABC kicks off Sunday, March 7th. Powering Chicago will be featured in six episodes this spring and summer.

News from Capitol Hill
02/26/2021

News from Capitol Hill

NECA Monitoring as Budget Reconciliation Moves Forward

Top Legislative News of the Week

CISCO - Education-to-Careers Director Position Open
02/23/2021

CISCO - Education-to-Careers Director Position Open

The Construction Industry Service Corporation (CISCO) is a labor-management organization serving union building trades and union contractors. CISCO currently represents more than 140,000 union construction workers and 8,000 union contractors in Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake and McHenry Counties. CISCO is looking for a self-motivated, energetic employee who possesses a strong working knowledge of union apprenticeship programs. The “Education-to-Careers Director” must be able to forge partnerships with a diverse group that includes union training coordinators, contractors, businesses, industry partners, school educators and counselors, and other non-profit organizations. 

Joint Safety Forum -- February 12, 2021
02/12/2021

Joint Safety Forum -- February 12, 2021

Program was conducted by Paul Satti, Construction Safety Council

The Electrical Contractors’ Association of City of Chicago (ECA) / Chicago & Cook County Chapter, NECA and the Northeastern Illinois Chapter, NECA held a Joint Safety Forum featuring the seminar, "Respirator Fit Tester Training" on Friday, February 12, 2021. The 4-hour session was complimentary and facilitated by Paul Satti, Construction Safety Council. The program was held at the IBEW-NECA Technical Institute (INTECH) in Alsip, IL.

Women in NECA / Future Leaders Conference is going Virtual!
02/10/2021

Women in NECA / Future Leaders Conference is going Virtual!

March 9-10th, 2021

Two keynote speakers, two afternoons of breakout sessions, entertainment and more. Check it out!

NECA 2021 Task Forces / Committees -- Chicago Chapter Representatives
02/09/2021

NECA 2021 Task Forces / Committees -- Chicago Chapter Representatives

Congratulations to Chapter members!

NECA President, Larry Beltramo, has made appointments to the NECA's National Standing Committees and Task Forces for 2021 that were recently approved by the NECA Executive Committee.

NECA Member Surveys: Membership Participation & Diversity
02/05/2021

NECA Member Surveys: Membership Participation & Diversity

NECA needs the help of our Industry Leaders for future initiatives

"Certified Transcript of Payroll" Webinar
02/05/2021

"Certified Transcript of Payroll" Webinar

Here are highlights of the "Certified Transcript of Payroll" Webinar.

"Certified Transcript of Payroll" Webinar Proper Implementation / IDOL Portal Ease of Use Thursday, February 4, 2021

NY Times Best Selling Author to Speak at February Membership Meeting
02/03/2021

NY Times Best Selling Author to Speak at February Membership Meeting

"How to Work With and Lead People Not Like You: Practical Solutions for Today's Diverse Workplace"

Join us for ECA's February membership meeting and guest speaker, Kelly McDonald, as she presents her NY Times Best Selling Book on Leadership Skills for today's diverse workplace.

NECA 2021 Project Excellence Awards
02/02/2021

NECA 2021 Project Excellence Awards

Registration has begun!

Registration for Project Submittal has begun for the NECA 2021 Project Excellence Awards.

Young Professionals of ECA at Top Golf in Schaumburg
01/20/2021

Young Professionals of ECA at Top Golf in Schaumburg

March 31, 2021

Join the Young Professionals of ECA for a night at Top Golf in Schaumburg. Topgolf features 102 bays over 3 floors, an amazing rooftop terrace, lively bars & a golf game concept that is sure to blow you away! Plus safety protocols in place to keep everyone safe for a fun evening.

Employee Assistance Program (EAP) Webinars & Member News
01/14/2021

Employee Assistance Program (EAP) Webinars & Member News

Free Services for ECA Members, Employees and their Families

The ECA "Employee Assistance Program" is a free service for employee's of ECA Member companies. The Employee Assistance Program offers Total Well-Being solutions to help leaders, managers, and employees grow professionally and personally.

ECA January 13, 2021 Membership Meeting
01/13/2021

ECA January 13, 2021 Membership Meeting

Here are highlights of the ECA January 13, 2021 Membership Meeting.

Please review the highlights of the ECA January 13, 2021 Membership Meeting.

IMSCA Call to Action on SB 1480! / Previous Legislative Update
01/12/2021

IMSCA Call to Action on SB 1480! / Previous Legislative Update

January 8 - 12 (Lame Duck Session)

The Illinois General Assembly returned to Springfield on January 8, 2021 to begin their 5-day lame duck session. Action needed on SB 1480!

2021 ECA Membership Meeting Calendar / Educational Programs Schedule / Stipends
01/11/2021

2021 ECA Membership Meeting Calendar / Educational Programs Schedule / Stipends

Please review the 2021 ECA Membership Meeting Calendar / Educational Programs Schedule / Available Stipends!

Powering Chicago to speak at the Illinois RE Journal's 19th Annual Construction Forecast Conference
12/14/2020

Powering Chicago to speak at the Illinois RE Journal's 19th Annual Construction Forecast Conference

January 7th, 2021 - Registration is Free

This free conference will include an Economic Forecast, a State of the Market session, and more.

Powering Chicago Launches Holiday Lights Campaign to Brighten the Holiday Season for Ronald McDonald House Families
12/03/2020

Powering Chicago Launches Holiday Lights Campaign to Brighten the Holiday Season for Ronald McDonald House Families

Post your holiday lights photos on Facebook and add these hashtags #poweringchicago #holidaylightschi

Now through December 21st, Powering Chicago will donate to Ronald McDonald's House Charities of Chicagoland for every photo tagged!

In case you missed it,  check out Powering Chicago's lighting of the City's 107th annual Christmas tree!
11/30/2020

In case you missed it, check out Powering Chicago's lighting of the City's 107th annual Christmas tree!

Get a behind the scenes look at All Tech Energy's hard work to make this year's tree spectacular

NECA Basic Estimating Classes - Virtual Classroom - are now Available!
11/20/2020

NECA Basic Estimating Classes - Virtual Classroom - are now Available!

The wait list from the previous session has been notified, so registration is limited.

NECA Education has opened up four more Basic Estimating classes! Classes will run December 3-18 and January 5-22 with morning and afternoon sessions.

CBC 2021 Merit Awards Application Process Started!
11/19/2020

CBC 2021 Merit Awards Application Process Started!

CBC Merit Awards -Entry Deadline is 1/15/21

The Chicago Building Conference (CBC) has opened up their Merit Awards application process for 2021 for both CBC members and non-CBC members.

ECA 2021 Membership Meeting Schedule
11/19/2020

ECA 2021 Membership Meeting Schedule

SAVE THE DATES for the ECA 2021 Membership Meeting Schedule!

Please review the listing and save the dates as we finalize the speakers / format / locations of the meetings.

POWERING CHICAGO lights up Chicago's 107th Annual Christmas Tree
11/18/2020

POWERING CHICAGO lights up Chicago's 107th Annual Christmas Tree

Watch the Broadcast here!

Though holiday festivities this year will be different than in year’s past because of the pandemic, one thing is certain: the 107th “official” Christmas tree in Chicago’s history will look stunning thanks to Cook County’s unionized electrical industry. Here's a behind the scenes look at ECA Member, All-Tech Energy, as they finish decorating this year's tree.

ECA November 17, 2020 Membership Meeting
11/17/2020

ECA November 17, 2020 Membership Meeting

Highlights of the event -

The program was a virtual session and featured industry updates, as well as a presentation from the City of Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) Chief Development Officer (CDO) Robert Hoxie.

"How to Design Your Company's Internal Processes for Maximizing Profitability" Webinar 
11/12/2020

"How to Design Your Company's Internal Processes for Maximizing Profitability" Webinar 

The seminar was conducted by Dr. Heather Moore; MCA, Inc. and assisted by Sonja Danesghari, MCA, Inc.

The Electrical Contractors' Association of City of Chicago (ECA) Research and Education Committee recently held a webinar called, "How to Design Your Company's Internal Processes for Maximizing Profitability."  The event was arranged in lieu of an “in-person” program from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm on Thursday, November 12, 2020.  The seminar was conducted by Dr. Heather Moore; MCA, Inc. and assisted by Sonja Danesghari, MCA, Inc.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING TEMPORARY BENEFIT CHANGES DUE TO CONTINUING IMPACT OF CORONAVIRUS. 
10/30/2020

IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING TEMPORARY BENEFIT CHANGES DUE TO CONTINUING IMPACT OF CORONAVIRUS. 

EIT Temporary Benefits Changes Due to Coronavirus

PLESASE REVIEW THE IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING TEMPORARY BENEFIT CHANGES DUE TO CONTINUING IMPACT OF CORONAVIRUS. 

CISCO Announces Industry Scholarships and Project Awards
10/28/2020

CISCO Announces Industry Scholarships and Project Awards

Applications / Further Information for both programs available at www.cisco.org

For more information on the Awards and the Scholarships, contact Gary Karafiat, Director of Communications & Public Affairs at 630.472.9411 or via email: gary@cisco.org.

Employee Assistance Program Webinars & October News
10/26/2020

Employee Assistance Program Webinars & October News

Frontline Newsletter

This month's employee newsletter features the following topics: • SmartMom App Helps Single Parents • Using Anti-Anxiety Medications? • Breast Cancer Awareness and Alcohol Use • Protect Against IP Address Hacking • Parkinson's Law - A Remote Workers Bugaboo

Join ECA Chicago & Local 134 in the "Run to Rebuild" for Rebuilding Together Metro Chicago
10/15/2020

Join ECA Chicago & Local 134 in the "Run to Rebuild" for Rebuilding Together Metro Chicago

Participate on the Powering Chicago team, and help support the rebuilding of homes and communities in Chicago

(VIRTUAL) RUN TO REBUILD OCTOBER 16 -23, 2020 5K RUN | 2 MILE WALK | 20 MILE BIKE

  ECA October 14, 2020 Membership Meeting
10/15/2020

ECA October 14, 2020 Membership Meeting

Highlights of the event -

The program was a virtual session and featured industry updates, as well as a presentation from the City of Chicago Department of Procurement Services (DPS) Chief Procurement Officer (CPO) Shannon Andrews. 

NECA 2020 LIVE WRAP-UP
10/09/2020

NECA 2020 LIVE WRAP-UP

Recent Virtual Convention Highlights

The NECA 2020 LIVE (virtual Convention) was held October 5 – 8, 2020. The event encompassed the many aspects of a premier Convention & Trade Show the industry expects. The NECA Convention Staff helped create a viable, virtual platform that allowed the participant access to the many webinars, live events throughout the four days. The NECA 2020 LIVE was sponsored by Powering Chicago! Over 350 individuals from all of our Chicago & Cook County Chapter members were registered for this event!

NECA 2020 LIVE: Convention Highlights and ECA Member Accolades
10/02/2020

NECA 2020 LIVE: Convention Highlights and ECA Member Accolades

Convention Highlights and things you won't want to miss!

ECA Member Academy Inductions, Awards and Honors, Powering Chicago sponsored events, NECA Chicago's Student Chapter competing in the finals, and much more you won't want to miss!

Tips and Instructions for NECA 2020 LIVE (October 6-8, 2020)
10/01/2020

Tips and Instructions for NECA 2020 LIVE (October 6-8, 2020)

Tutorials and important information to make the most out of the virtual convention!

Real progress being made to increase diversity in union apprenticeship programs
09/29/2020

Real progress being made to increase diversity in union apprenticeship programs

Sun-Times Letter to the Editor from Powering Chicago

Real progress being made to increase diversity in union apprenticeship programs. In citing statewide statistics, Sun-Times story failed to recognize the progress many Chicago area unions have made in tackling this challenge head-on. By Letters to the Editor Sep 22, 2020 Portions of this article were excerpted from a September 22, 2020 Sun-Times “Letter to the Editor.” This article was also published in the Chicago Tribune.

ERS: Employee Assistance Program offers  savings on hundreds of brands in brands in the new Discount Marketplace
09/25/2020

ERS: Employee Assistance Program offers savings on hundreds of brands in brands in the new Discount Marketplace

Now available at mylifeexpert.com

The EAP discount marketplace houses “real and relevant” deals offering something for everyone. You can find incredible savings of up to 60% on hotels, 39% on movie tickets, 60% on apparel... and more!

HOMETOWN HERO'S: Jamerson & Bauwens Electrical Contractors featured on Cubs Marquee Network
09/25/2020

HOMETOWN HERO'S: Jamerson & Bauwens Electrical Contractors featured on Cubs Marquee Network

Gateway to Learning (located near Lincoln Square) is a school for adults with intellectual challenges and developmental disabilities. Their mission is to provide lifelong learning that promotes active inclusion at home, work and in the community.

Young Professionals of ECA: Fall Tour at IN-TECH
09/25/2020

Young Professionals of ECA: Fall Tour at IN-TECH

September 30, 2020

The young professionals of ECA are invited to tour the IBEW NECA Technical Institute's renewable energy training center. Compete in the Tower Climb Challenge!

 "Excavation Hazards in Construction" - September 24, 2020
09/24/2020

"Excavation Hazards in Construction" - September 24, 2020

Joint Safety Forum --

The Chicago & Cook County Chapter, NECA Safety Committee and the Northeastern Illinois Chapter, NECA Safety Committee jointly sponsored a complimentary morning Safety Forum that was held on Thursday, September 24, 2020 at the IBEW Local 701 Hall in Warrenville, Illinois.

NECA Virtual Safety Summit
09/18/2020

NECA Virtual Safety Summit

October 27-29, 2020

The NECA Virtual Safety Summit will be composed of 2-half day blocks of general sessions, concurrent breakouts and even an exhibit hall. As champions of safety, we understand the importance of physically distancing but keeping up with latest safety trends of 2020 and beyond could be the difference if your organization is in business tomorrow.

IMSCA Update
09/17/2020

IMSCA Update

Recently Enacted Laws in Illinois

IMSCA would like to remind its members of a number of recently enacted laws in Illinois: Employment of Illinois Workers on Public Works Act, IDOL Certified Payroll Portal and Mandatory Sexual Harassment Prevention Training.

Advanced Estimating of Electrical Construction Workshop a Success
09/17/2020

Advanced Estimating of Electrical Construction Workshop a Success

Additional Fall Programming

The ECA has initiated its Fall educational programming. The Season is underway with the recent "Advanced Estimating of Electrical Construction Workshop" that was held September 16 - 17, 2020. We hope you register for the additional Fall programs!

ERS: Employee Assistance Program News and September Webinars
09/08/2020

ERS: Employee Assistance Program News and September Webinars

Featuring new resources for Supervisors, Employees, and their families

REMINDER! - Subcontractor Use / Subcontractor Notification Form
09/04/2020

REMINDER! - Subcontractor Use / Subcontractor Notification Form

Please review the "Subcontracting" Reminder / Access to a Subcontractor Notification Form template.

NECA Legal Alert: IRS COVID-19 Tax Deferral Guidance
09/02/2020

NECA Legal Alert: IRS COVID-19 Tax Deferral Guidance

Early last month, President Trump signed an executive order directing the secretary of the treasury to allow employers to defer the withholding, deposit and payment of a certain portion of social security taxes in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The IRS has issued guidance implementing the president’s order.

September is "Suicide Prevention Month"
09/02/2020

September is "Suicide Prevention Month"

Construction Industry Alliance offers training.

The Construction Industry Alliance reminds all that September is "Suicide Prevention Month" and wishes to share the tools that they have created to help you join them in sharing the STAND up for Suicide Prevention message.

Zoom Meeting with Congressman Brad Schneider,10th Congressional District 
08/31/2020

Zoom Meeting with Congressman Brad Schneider,10th Congressional District 

Zoom Call on August 31, 2020

On August 31, 2020, a number of ECA members participated with a virtual session with Congressman Brad Schneider, 10th Congressional District.  The Zoom call was coordinated through the efforts of NECA Government Affairs, the Northeastern Illinois Chapter, NECA, as well as the ECA Legislative Committee. 

NECA 2020 LIVE
08/31/2020

NECA 2020 LIVE

The NECA Convention & Trade Show will be a virtual event!

The NECA Convention & Trade Show will be a VIRTUAL event on October 6 - 8, 2020. Registration happening now!

Powering Chicago's Elbert Walters to speak at RE Journals Asset, Property, and Facility Management Summit
08/30/2020

Powering Chicago's Elbert Walters to speak at RE Journals Asset, Property, and Facility Management Summit

September 10th, 2020

On Thursday, September 10, Powering Chicago Director Elbert Walters III will join a panel at RE Journals’ 16th Annual Chicagoland Asset, Property, Facility Management Virtual Summit to discuss the new demands managers are facing and how they can respond.

Electrical Joint Arbitration Board Announcement
08/18/2020

Electrical Joint Arbitration Board Announcement

Vacation Savings Account Contribution Update

We are pleased to provide the updated details below for making the Vacation Savings Account contribution each month on behalf of all employees working under the A, C, R, Agreement(s).

ECA Chicago sponsors MEET THE CONTRACTOR Week
08/17/2020

ECA Chicago sponsors MEET THE CONTRACTOR Week

September 14-17, 2020

Meet the Contractor Week is the USA’s largest online event to provide direct access to general contractors and buyers in the AEC industry. Join them as they discuss with solution providers & sub-contractors the opportunities to work with them on new projects across the USA.

CARE Act Main Street Lending Program US Government COVID Funding For The Construction, Design and Infrastructure Sector Companies
08/17/2020

CARE Act Main Street Lending Program US Government COVID Funding For The Construction, Design and Infrastructure Sector Companies

WEBINAR: AUGUST 26th, 1:00PM CST

Critical New Information on PPP! Join the US Department of Commerce, the Federal Reserve, and the Small Business Administration for an update on the new Main Street Lending Program. This program will provide credit support to eligible small and medium-sized businesses that are integral to the U.S. economy and create jobs for a large share of the U.S. workforce, particularly in the construction, design and infrastructure sectors.

Powering Chicago featured in upcoming Chicago Building Congress webinar
08/17/2020

Powering Chicago featured in upcoming Chicago Building Congress webinar

September 16, 2020: Noon CST

The Future of Work: Leveraging Technology for Safer Built Environments in the COVID-19 Era

ECA Member, BarTech Group, featured in Powering Chicago news
08/14/2020

ECA Member, BarTech Group, featured in Powering Chicago news

In recognition of National Black Business Month, Powering Chicago is celebrating entrepreneurs in Chicago and suburban Cook County who contribute to one of the United States’ most vibrant markets for unionized electrical work. Contact us to learn more about the better careers, better construction and better communities made possible by the union electrical industry.

 Finalists announced in ELECTRI International / NECA Green Energy Challenge
08/12/2020

Finalists announced in ELECTRI International / NECA Green Energy Challenge

Congratulations to ECA's Student Chapter at IIT, a 2020 Finalist

The ELECTRI International / NECA Green Energy Challenge marks a yearly highlight for NECA Student Chapters. Teams agree that the popular Challenge is stimulating because it makes them focus on problem solving by thinking in new, creative ways.

On-line Portal -- IDOL Prevailing Wage for Contractors Update
08/06/2020

On-line Portal -- IDOL Prevailing Wage for Contractors Update

Portal Use Update

The Illinois Department of Labor will be holding a webex training on how to use this upload option. It is highly recommended that the individual who files certified payrolls for your organization attends this meeting. Even if you took the first training in April, it is recommended that you attend this session. This webinar is primarily for contractors, as they will be filing certified payrolls with the department. The webinar will be held: Monday, August 17, 2020 at 3:00 pm.

The Contactless Office: Powering Chicago’s Return to the Workplace
08/03/2020

The Contactless Office: Powering Chicago’s Return to the Workplace

Download Powering Chicago's eBook to gain expert advice on creating a safe work environment

NECA / ECA Chicago Student Chapter Finalist in the video competition of the Green Energy Challenge
07/31/2020

NECA / ECA Chicago Student Chapter Finalist in the video competition of the Green Energy Challenge

ECA's Student Chapter at IIT will compete against Iowa State University and Penn State University for the championship this fall

Employee Resource Services is now AllOne Health
07/31/2020

Employee Resource Services is now AllOne Health

Employee Assistance Program: Programs and Services for ECA Members

The Employee Assistance Program is now apart of the AllOne Health group, offering expanded benefits and services for ECA members and their employees.

Young Professionals Trivia Night - July 30th
07/27/2020

Young Professionals Trivia Night - July 30th

Compete against your peers in the construction trades

ECA is teaming up with our trade allies for a Young Professionals trivia night on July 30th at 7pm.

Renewable Energy Training for Contractors
07/21/2020

Renewable Energy Training for Contractors

DATES: Friday, August 28, 2020 and Saturday, August 29, 2020. TIME: Each session will begin at 8:00 am and will conclude at 2:00 pm. Both sessions are six hours in duration.

The Illinois IBEW Renewable Energy Fund (IBEW REF), which has received funding for renewable energy training throughout Illinois, is pleased to present a complimentary two-day training program regarding work in the solar industry in Illinois. The coursework has been developed to inform the union electrical contractor to become an effective union solar contractor.

Get Ready for NECA 2020 LIVE!
07/06/2020

Get Ready for NECA 2020 LIVE!

David Meade interviews NECA CEO David Long in live broadcast

Check out NECA's live broadcasts each Monday on Facebook and LinkedIn to learn more about the first ever virtual convention this fall!

NECA Education Announcement: Virtual Classroom Announcement
07/02/2020

NECA Education Announcement: Virtual Classroom Announcement

Across the country there will be a lot of variation on the availability of in-person training in the weeks and months ahead, and to combat this NECA is bringing some of our most popular in-person classes, that we hold with NECA Chapters across the country, online! In July, there are several classes NECA members can take advantage of.

City of Chicago to conduct Disparity Study on MBE/WBE Construction Contracts
07/01/2020

City of Chicago to conduct Disparity Study on MBE/WBE Construction Contracts

MBE/WBE participation requested

The City of Chicago is conducting a disparity study to examine whether minorities and women have equal access to City construction contracting opportunities. If your firm currently works with or has tried to bid on construction contracts for the City of Chicago as a prime contractor, subcontractor or supplier, Colette Holt & Associates (“CHA”) would like to hear from you.

Two Chapter Members Inducted into the 2020 Academy of Electrical Contracting!
06/23/2020

Two Chapter Members Inducted into the 2020 Academy of Electrical Contracting!

The induction will occur during the NECA Convention & Trade Show virtual event - NECA Live 2020!

The following Academy of Electrical Contracting inductees from the Chicago & Cook County Chapter will be installed during the virtual NECA Convention & Trade Show - NECA Live 2020: Eric Nixon, Maron Electric Company and David Witz, Continental Electrical Construction Company.

POWERING CHICAGO hosted Illinois Real Estate Journal Webinar
06/23/2020

POWERING CHICAGO hosted Illinois Real Estate Journal Webinar

Commercial Real Estate Technology & COVID-19: Powering Chicago's Reopening

POWERING CHICAGO was featured in the Illinois Real Estate Journal's webinar on June 25, 2020.

COVID-19 Important Updates
06/22/2020

COVID-19 Important Updates

Breaking News affecting our Industry: Safety, Legislation, and more

Check here frequently for the latest updates on how COVID-19 is affecting construction and Chicago and Cook County.

ECA May Membership Meeting - May 13, 2020
05/14/2020

ECA May Membership Meeting - May 13, 2020

Membership Meeting was a Webinar with two guest presenters.

The Electrical Contractors’ Association of City of Chicago (ECA) held its May Membership Meeting on Wednesday, May 13, 2020 as a Webinar. The program featured industry updates, and guest presentations from Josh Bone, NECA Director, Industry Innovation and Lonnie Cumpton, NECA Director, Construction Manufacturing.

IDHR Illinois Sexual Harassment Training Guidelines
04/28/2020

IDHR Illinois Sexual Harassment Training Guidelines

The Illinois Department of Human Rights (IDHR) has submitted the training guidelines.

The Illinois Department of Human Rights (IDHR) has submitted the training guidelines concerning Sexual Harassment Training.

OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH PROFESSIONAL DAY
04/27/2020

OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH PROFESSIONAL DAY

Occupational Safety and Health Professional Day is observed the on Wednesday of the first full week in May.

NECA Safety Stand Down - April 29, 2020
04/07/2020

NECA Safety Stand Down - April 29, 2020

We hope that you will be able to participate with the NECA Safety Stand Down - April 29, 2020

NECA Safety Stand Down is April 29, 2020

Illinois Department of Labor Update: Training Dates available for Prevailing Wage Certified Payroll Portal
04/07/2020

Illinois Department of Labor Update: Training Dates available for Prevailing Wage Certified Payroll Portal

Training Dates available for Prevailing Wage Certified Payroll Portal

Please review the Illinois Department of Labor Update: Training Dates available for Prevailing Wage Certified Payroll Portal.

ECA Office Availabilty /  Dues Reporting / NEBF Submittal Process
04/07/2020

ECA Office Availabilty / Dues Reporting / NEBF Submittal Process

Please review NEBF submittal process, ECA dues reporting option, office staff availability.

ECA OFFICE AVAILABILITY / DUES REPORTING / NEBF SUBMITTAL PROCESS Please review NEBF submittal process, ECA dues reporting option, office staff availability.

Event Date Changes and Cancellations
04/06/2020

Event Date Changes and Cancellations

ECA, NECA and Industry Event Postponements and Cancellations

ECA CHICAGO LIVE WEBINAR: "How to Help & Serve Your Customers in a Virtual World NOW & Seamlessly Transition Back to Business as Usual LATER." Presented by Kelly McDonald
04/01/2020

ECA CHICAGO LIVE WEBINAR: "How to Help & Serve Your Customers in a Virtual World NOW & Seamlessly Transition Back to Business as Usual LATER." Presented by Kelly McDonald

ECA CHICAGO LIVE WEBINAR: "How to Help & Serve Your Customers in a Virtual World NOW & Seamlessly Transition Back to Business as Usual LATER."

The Electrical Contractors' Association of City of Chicago (ECA) Research and Education Committee is proud to present an upcoming live webinar called, "How to Help & Serve Your Customers in a Virtual World NOW & Seamlessly Transition Back to Business as Usual LATER." The session is to be presented by Kelly McDonald. Please join us THURSDAY, APRIL 30, 2020 - 3:00 PM (CST). The program will include a 40 minute presentation and additional time for Q & A.

Young Professionals of ECA: Spring Webinar
04/01/2020

Young Professionals of ECA: Spring Webinar

How to Step Up and Lead in a Crisis

You don’t have to be the boss to be a leader. In fact, now, more than ever, the way you approach your work, the business landscape and the very real challenges we all face define you as a leader – or someone who needs to be led. It’s time to step up and show your team, your customers and suppliers how you solve problems and keep the business moving forward.

Lane Tech High School student creates poster to thank Electricians
03/31/2020

Lane Tech High School student creates poster to thank Electricians

Students create posters to thank essential workers

ECA Membership Meeting - 3/11/2020
03/18/2020

ECA Membership Meeting - 3/11/2020

We thank the two presenters: Gene Kent, INTECH Director and Jessica Newbold Hoselton, IMSCA Director for their assistance with the session!

The Electrical Contractors' Association of City of Chicago (ECA) held its March Membership meeting on Wednesday, March 11, 2020 at the Gene & Georgetti's in Rosemont, IL.

ECA Golf Outing - August 4, 2020!
03/18/2020

ECA Golf Outing - August 4, 2020!

Registration remains open for the ECA Golf Outing!

Registration is open for the ECA Golf Outing scheduled as follows: August 4, 2020 Kemper Lakes Golf Club 24000 N. Old McHenry Road Kildeer, IL

NECA Midwestern Region Conference
03/10/2020

NECA Midwestern Region Conference

Registration has begun for the NECA Midwestern Region Conference (June 13 - 17, 2020)!

Registration has begun for the NECA Midwestern Region Conference scheduled as follows: JUNE 13 - 17, 2020 BROADMOOR RESORT 1 LAKE AVENUE COLORADO SPRINGS, CO. 80906 (855) 634-7711 REGISTER SOON! ROOMS ARE GOING FAST!

NECA IIT Student Chapter Update
03/06/2020

NECA IIT Student Chapter Update

We thank the two presenters from Kelso-Burnett Co. for their assistance with the session!

The Electrical Contractors’ the Electrical Contractors' Association of City of Chicago (ECA) Student Committee sponsored a NECA IIT Student Chapter meeting at the IIT Smart Tech Lab on March 5, 2020.

ECA's Annual President's Party
03/06/2020

ECA's Annual President's Party

Friday, May 22, 2020 at Navy Pier's Crystal Gardens

ECA Members are invited to the annual Electrical Contractors' Association President's Party at the Crystal Gardens of Navy Pier Chicago.

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Powering Chicago featured in upcoming Built to Last: Season 7
03/02/2021

Powering Chicago featured in upcoming Built to Last: Season 7

Tune into ABC channel 7 on Sunday, March 7th at Noon

The 7th Season of Emmy Award winning Built to Last on ABC kicks off Sunday, March 7th. Powering Chicago will be featured in six episodes this spring and summer.

News from Capitol Hill
02/26/2021

News from Capitol Hill

NECA Monitoring as Budget Reconciliation Moves Forward

Top Legislative News of the Week

Women in NECA / Future Leaders Conference is going Virtual!
02/10/2021

Women in NECA / Future Leaders Conference is going Virtual!

March 9-10th, 2021

Two keynote speakers, two afternoons of breakout sessions, entertainment and more. Check it out!

NECA Member Surveys: Membership Participation & Diversity
02/05/2021

NECA Member Surveys: Membership Participation & Diversity

NECA needs the help of our Industry Leaders for future initiatives

NY Times Best Selling Author to Speak at February Membership Meeting
02/03/2021

NY Times Best Selling Author to Speak at February Membership Meeting

"How to Work With and Lead People Not Like You: Practical Solutions for Today's Diverse Workplace"

Join us for ECA's February membership meeting and guest speaker, Kelly McDonald, as she presents her NY Times Best Selling Book on Leadership Skills for today's diverse workplace.

Young Professionals of ECA at Top Golf in Schaumburg
01/20/2021

Young Professionals of ECA at Top Golf in Schaumburg

March 31, 2021

Join the Young Professionals of ECA for a night at Top Golf in Schaumburg. Topgolf features 102 bays over 3 floors, an amazing rooftop terrace, lively bars & a golf game concept that is sure to blow you away! Plus safety protocols in place to keep everyone safe for a fun evening.

Employee Assistance Program (EAP) Webinars & Member News
01/14/2021

Employee Assistance Program (EAP) Webinars & Member News

Free Services for ECA Members, Employees and their Families

The ECA "Employee Assistance Program" is a free service for employee's of ECA Member companies. The Employee Assistance Program offers Total Well-Being solutions to help leaders, managers, and employees grow professionally and personally.

Powering Chicago to speak at the Illinois RE Journal's 19th Annual Construction Forecast Conference
12/14/2020

Powering Chicago to speak at the Illinois RE Journal's 19th Annual Construction Forecast Conference

January 7th, 2021 - Registration is Free

This free conference will include an Economic Forecast, a State of the Market session, and more.

Powering Chicago Launches Holiday Lights Campaign to Brighten the Holiday Season for Ronald McDonald House Families
12/03/2020

Powering Chicago Launches Holiday Lights Campaign to Brighten the Holiday Season for Ronald McDonald House Families

Post your holiday lights photos on Facebook and add these hashtags #poweringchicago #holidaylightschi

Now through December 21st, Powering Chicago will donate to Ronald McDonald's House Charities of Chicagoland for every photo tagged!

In case you missed it,  check out Powering Chicago's lighting of the City's 107th annual Christmas tree!
11/30/2020

In case you missed it, check out Powering Chicago's lighting of the City's 107th annual Christmas tree!

Get a behind the scenes look at All Tech Energy's hard work to make this year's tree spectacular

NECA Basic Estimating Classes - Virtual Classroom - are now Available!
11/20/2020

NECA Basic Estimating Classes - Virtual Classroom - are now Available!

The wait list from the previous session has been notified, so registration is limited.

NECA Education has opened up four more Basic Estimating classes! Classes will run December 3-18 and January 5-22 with morning and afternoon sessions.

CBC 2021 Merit Awards Application Process Started!
11/19/2020

CBC 2021 Merit Awards Application Process Started!

CBC Merit Awards -Entry Deadline is 1/15/21

The Chicago Building Conference (CBC) has opened up their Merit Awards application process for 2021 for both CBC members and non-CBC members.

ECA 2021 Membership Meeting Schedule
11/19/2020

ECA 2021 Membership Meeting Schedule

SAVE THE DATES for the ECA 2021 Membership Meeting Schedule!

Please review the listing and save the dates as we finalize the speakers / format / locations of the meetings.

POWERING CHICAGO lights up Chicago's 107th Annual Christmas Tree
11/18/2020

POWERING CHICAGO lights up Chicago's 107th Annual Christmas Tree

Watch the Broadcast here!

Though holiday festivities this year will be different than in year’s past because of the pandemic, one thing is certain: the 107th “official” Christmas tree in Chicago’s history will look stunning thanks to Cook County’s unionized electrical industry. Here's a behind the scenes look at ECA Member, All-Tech Energy, as they finish decorating this year's tree.

"How to Design Your Company's Internal Processes for Maximizing Profitability" Webinar 
11/12/2020

"How to Design Your Company's Internal Processes for Maximizing Profitability" Webinar 

The seminar was conducted by Dr. Heather Moore; MCA, Inc. and assisted by Sonja Danesghari, MCA, Inc.

The Electrical Contractors' Association of City of Chicago (ECA) Research and Education Committee recently held a webinar called, "How to Design Your Company's Internal Processes for Maximizing Profitability."  The event was arranged in lieu of an “in-person” program from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm on Thursday, November 12, 2020.  The seminar was conducted by Dr. Heather Moore; MCA, Inc. and assisted by Sonja Danesghari, MCA, Inc.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING TEMPORARY BENEFIT CHANGES DUE TO CONTINUING IMPACT OF CORONAVIRUS. 
10/30/2020

IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING TEMPORARY BENEFIT CHANGES DUE TO CONTINUING IMPACT OF CORONAVIRUS. 

EIT Temporary Benefits Changes Due to Coronavirus

PLESASE REVIEW THE IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING TEMPORARY BENEFIT CHANGES DUE TO CONTINUING IMPACT OF CORONAVIRUS. 

CISCO Announces Industry Scholarships and Project Awards
10/28/2020

CISCO Announces Industry Scholarships and Project Awards

Applications / Further Information for both programs available at www.cisco.org

For more information on the Awards and the Scholarships, contact Gary Karafiat, Director of Communications & Public Affairs at 630.472.9411 or via email: gary@cisco.org.

Employee Assistance Program Webinars & October News
10/26/2020

Employee Assistance Program Webinars & October News

Frontline Newsletter

This month's employee newsletter features the following topics: • SmartMom App Helps Single Parents • Using Anti-Anxiety Medications? • Breast Cancer Awareness and Alcohol Use • Protect Against IP Address Hacking • Parkinson's Law - A Remote Workers Bugaboo

Join ECA Chicago & Local 134 in the "Run to Rebuild" for Rebuilding Together Metro Chicago
10/15/2020

Join ECA Chicago & Local 134 in the "Run to Rebuild" for Rebuilding Together Metro Chicago

Participate on the Powering Chicago team, and help support the rebuilding of homes and communities in Chicago

(VIRTUAL) RUN TO REBUILD OCTOBER 16 -23, 2020 5K RUN | 2 MILE WALK | 20 MILE BIKE

NECA 2020 LIVE WRAP-UP
10/09/2020

NECA 2020 LIVE WRAP-UP

Recent Virtual Convention Highlights

The NECA 2020 LIVE (virtual Convention) was held October 5 – 8, 2020. The event encompassed the many aspects of a premier Convention & Trade Show the industry expects. The NECA Convention Staff helped create a viable, virtual platform that allowed the participant access to the many webinars, live events throughout the four days. The NECA 2020 LIVE was sponsored by Powering Chicago! Over 350 individuals from all of our Chicago & Cook County Chapter members were registered for this event!

NECA 2020 LIVE: Convention Highlights and ECA Member Accolades
10/02/2020

NECA 2020 LIVE: Convention Highlights and ECA Member Accolades

Convention Highlights and things you won't want to miss!

ECA Member Academy Inductions, Awards and Honors, Powering Chicago sponsored events, NECA Chicago's Student Chapter competing in the finals, and much more you won't want to miss!

Tips and Instructions for NECA 2020 LIVE (October 6-8, 2020)
10/01/2020

Tips and Instructions for NECA 2020 LIVE (October 6-8, 2020)

Tutorials and important information to make the most out of the virtual convention!

Real progress being made to increase diversity in union apprenticeship programs
09/29/2020

Real progress being made to increase diversity in union apprenticeship programs

Sun-Times Letter to the Editor from Powering Chicago

Real progress being made to increase diversity in union apprenticeship programs. In citing statewide statistics, Sun-Times story failed to recognize the progress many Chicago area unions have made in tackling this challenge head-on. By Letters to the Editor Sep 22, 2020 Portions of this article were excerpted from a September 22, 2020 Sun-Times “Letter to the Editor.” This article was also published in the Chicago Tribune.

ERS: Employee Assistance Program offers  savings on hundreds of brands in brands in the new Discount Marketplace
09/25/2020

ERS: Employee Assistance Program offers savings on hundreds of brands in brands in the new Discount Marketplace

Now available at mylifeexpert.com

The EAP discount marketplace houses “real and relevant” deals offering something for everyone. You can find incredible savings of up to 60% on hotels, 39% on movie tickets, 60% on apparel... and more!

HOMETOWN HERO'S: Jamerson & Bauwens Electrical Contractors featured on Cubs Marquee Network
09/25/2020

HOMETOWN HERO'S: Jamerson & Bauwens Electrical Contractors featured on Cubs Marquee Network

Gateway to Learning (located near Lincoln Square) is a school for adults with intellectual challenges and developmental disabilities. Their mission is to provide lifelong learning that promotes active inclusion at home, work and in the community.

Young Professionals of ECA: Fall Tour at IN-TECH
09/25/2020

Young Professionals of ECA: Fall Tour at IN-TECH

September 30, 2020

The young professionals of ECA are invited to tour the IBEW NECA Technical Institute's renewable energy training center. Compete in the Tower Climb Challenge!

NECA Virtual Safety Summit
09/18/2020

NECA Virtual Safety Summit

October 27-29, 2020

The NECA Virtual Safety Summit will be composed of 2-half day blocks of general sessions, concurrent breakouts and even an exhibit hall. As champions of safety, we understand the importance of physically distancing but keeping up with latest safety trends of 2020 and beyond could be the difference if your organization is in business tomorrow.

IMSCA Update
09/17/2020

IMSCA Update

Recently Enacted Laws in Illinois

IMSCA would like to remind its members of a number of recently enacted laws in Illinois: Employment of Illinois Workers on Public Works Act, IDOL Certified Payroll Portal and Mandatory Sexual Harassment Prevention Training.

Advanced Estimating of Electrical Construction Workshop a Success
09/17/2020

Advanced Estimating of Electrical Construction Workshop a Success

Additional Fall Programming

The ECA has initiated its Fall educational programming. The Season is underway with the recent "Advanced Estimating of Electrical Construction Workshop" that was held September 16 - 17, 2020. We hope you register for the additional Fall programs!

ERS: Employee Assistance Program News and September Webinars
09/08/2020

ERS: Employee Assistance Program News and September Webinars

Featuring new resources for Supervisors, Employees, and their families

REMINDER! - Subcontractor Use / Subcontractor Notification Form
09/04/2020

REMINDER! - Subcontractor Use / Subcontractor Notification Form

Please review the "Subcontracting" Reminder / Access to a Subcontractor Notification Form template.

NECA Legal Alert: IRS COVID-19 Tax Deferral Guidance
09/02/2020

NECA Legal Alert: IRS COVID-19 Tax Deferral Guidance

Early last month, President Trump signed an executive order directing the secretary of the treasury to allow employers to defer the withholding, deposit and payment of a certain portion of social security taxes in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The IRS has issued guidance implementing the president’s order.

September is "Suicide Prevention Month"
09/02/2020

September is "Suicide Prevention Month"

Construction Industry Alliance offers training.

The Construction Industry Alliance reminds all that September is "Suicide Prevention Month" and wishes to share the tools that they have created to help you join them in sharing the STAND up for Suicide Prevention message.

Zoom Meeting with Congressman Brad Schneider,10th Congressional District 
08/31/2020

Zoom Meeting with Congressman Brad Schneider,10th Congressional District 

Zoom Call on August 31, 2020

On August 31, 2020, a number of ECA members participated with a virtual session with Congressman Brad Schneider, 10th Congressional District.  The Zoom call was coordinated through the efforts of NECA Government Affairs, the Northeastern Illinois Chapter, NECA, as well as the ECA Legislative Committee. 

NECA 2020 LIVE
08/31/2020

NECA 2020 LIVE

The NECA Convention & Trade Show will be a virtual event!

The NECA Convention & Trade Show will be a VIRTUAL event on October 6 - 8, 2020. Registration happening now!

Powering Chicago's Elbert Walters to speak at RE Journals Asset, Property, and Facility Management Summit
08/30/2020

Powering Chicago's Elbert Walters to speak at RE Journals Asset, Property, and Facility Management Summit

September 10th, 2020

On Thursday, September 10, Powering Chicago Director Elbert Walters III will join a panel at RE Journals’ 16th Annual Chicagoland Asset, Property, Facility Management Virtual Summit to discuss the new demands managers are facing and how they can respond.

ECA Chicago sponsors MEET THE CONTRACTOR Week
08/17/2020

ECA Chicago sponsors MEET THE CONTRACTOR Week

September 14-17, 2020

Meet the Contractor Week is the USA’s largest online event to provide direct access to general contractors and buyers in the AEC industry. Join them as they discuss with solution providers & sub-contractors the opportunities to work with them on new projects across the USA.

CARE Act Main Street Lending Program US Government COVID Funding For The Construction, Design and Infrastructure Sector Companies
08/17/2020

CARE Act Main Street Lending Program US Government COVID Funding For The Construction, Design and Infrastructure Sector Companies

WEBINAR: AUGUST 26th, 1:00PM CST

Critical New Information on PPP! Join the US Department of Commerce, the Federal Reserve, and the Small Business Administration for an update on the new Main Street Lending Program. This program will provide credit support to eligible small and medium-sized businesses that are integral to the U.S. economy and create jobs for a large share of the U.S. workforce, particularly in the construction, design and infrastructure sectors.

Powering Chicago featured in upcoming Chicago Building Congress webinar
08/17/2020

Powering Chicago featured in upcoming Chicago Building Congress webinar

September 16, 2020: Noon CST

The Future of Work: Leveraging Technology for Safer Built Environments in the COVID-19 Era

 Finalists announced in ELECTRI International / NECA Green Energy Challenge
08/12/2020

Finalists announced in ELECTRI International / NECA Green Energy Challenge

Congratulations to ECA's Student Chapter at IIT, a 2020 Finalist

The ELECTRI International / NECA Green Energy Challenge marks a yearly highlight for NECA Student Chapters. Teams agree that the popular Challenge is stimulating because it makes them focus on problem solving by thinking in new, creative ways.

On-line Portal -- IDOL Prevailing Wage for Contractors Update
08/06/2020

On-line Portal -- IDOL Prevailing Wage for Contractors Update

Portal Use Update

The Illinois Department of Labor will be holding a webex training on how to use this upload option. It is highly recommended that the individual who files certified payrolls for your organization attends this meeting. Even if you took the first training in April, it is recommended that you attend this session. This webinar is primarily for contractors, as they will be filing certified payrolls with the department. The webinar will be held: Monday, August 17, 2020 at 3:00 pm.

The Contactless Office: Powering Chicago’s Return to the Workplace
08/03/2020

The Contactless Office: Powering Chicago’s Return to the Workplace

Download Powering Chicago's eBook to gain expert advice on creating a safe work environment

NECA / ECA Chicago Student Chapter Finalist in the video competition of the Green Energy Challenge
07/31/2020

NECA / ECA Chicago Student Chapter Finalist in the video competition of the Green Energy Challenge

ECA's Student Chapter at IIT will compete against Iowa State University and Penn State University for the championship this fall

Employee Resource Services is now AllOne Health
07/31/2020

Employee Resource Services is now AllOne Health

Employee Assistance Program: Programs and Services for ECA Members

The Employee Assistance Program is now apart of the AllOne Health group, offering expanded benefits and services for ECA members and their employees.

Young Professionals Trivia Night - July 30th
07/27/2020

Young Professionals Trivia Night - July 30th

Compete against your peers in the construction trades

ECA is teaming up with our trade allies for a Young Professionals trivia night on July 30th at 7pm.

Renewable Energy Training for Contractors
07/21/2020

Renewable Energy Training for Contractors

DATES: Friday, August 28, 2020 and Saturday, August 29, 2020. TIME: Each session will begin at 8:00 am and will conclude at 2:00 pm. Both sessions are six hours in duration.

The Illinois IBEW Renewable Energy Fund (IBEW REF), which has received funding for renewable energy training throughout Illinois, is pleased to present a complimentary two-day training program regarding work in the solar industry in Illinois. The coursework has been developed to inform the union electrical contractor to become an effective union solar contractor.

Get Ready for NECA 2020 LIVE!
07/06/2020

Get Ready for NECA 2020 LIVE!

David Meade interviews NECA CEO David Long in live broadcast

Check out NECA's live broadcasts each Monday on Facebook and LinkedIn to learn more about the first ever virtual convention this fall!

NECA Education Announcement: Virtual Classroom Announcement
07/02/2020

NECA Education Announcement: Virtual Classroom Announcement

Across the country there will be a lot of variation on the availability of in-person training in the weeks and months ahead, and to combat this NECA is bringing some of our most popular in-person classes, that we hold with NECA Chapters across the country, online! In July, there are several classes NECA members can take advantage of.

City of Chicago to conduct Disparity Study on MBE/WBE Construction Contracts
07/01/2020

City of Chicago to conduct Disparity Study on MBE/WBE Construction Contracts

MBE/WBE participation requested

The City of Chicago is conducting a disparity study to examine whether minorities and women have equal access to City construction contracting opportunities. If your firm currently works with or has tried to bid on construction contracts for the City of Chicago as a prime contractor, subcontractor or supplier, Colette Holt & Associates (“CHA”) would like to hear from you.

Two Chapter Members Inducted into the 2020 Academy of Electrical Contracting!
06/23/2020

Two Chapter Members Inducted into the 2020 Academy of Electrical Contracting!

The induction will occur during the NECA Convention & Trade Show virtual event - NECA Live 2020!

The following Academy of Electrical Contracting inductees from the Chicago & Cook County Chapter will be installed during the virtual NECA Convention & Trade Show - NECA Live 2020: Eric Nixon, Maron Electric Company and David Witz, Continental Electrical Construction Company.

POWERING CHICAGO hosted Illinois Real Estate Journal Webinar
06/23/2020

POWERING CHICAGO hosted Illinois Real Estate Journal Webinar

Commercial Real Estate Technology & COVID-19: Powering Chicago's Reopening

POWERING CHICAGO was featured in the Illinois Real Estate Journal's webinar on June 25, 2020.

COVID-19 Important Updates
06/22/2020

COVID-19 Important Updates

Breaking News affecting our Industry: Safety, Legislation, and more

Check here frequently for the latest updates on how COVID-19 is affecting construction and Chicago and Cook County.

ECA May Membership Meeting - May 13, 2020
05/14/2020

ECA May Membership Meeting - May 13, 2020

Membership Meeting was a Webinar with two guest presenters.

The Electrical Contractors’ Association of City of Chicago (ECA) held its May Membership Meeting on Wednesday, May 13, 2020 as a Webinar. The program featured industry updates, and guest presentations from Josh Bone, NECA Director, Industry Innovation and Lonnie Cumpton, NECA Director, Construction Manufacturing.

OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH PROFESSIONAL DAY
04/27/2020

OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH PROFESSIONAL DAY

Occupational Safety and Health Professional Day is observed the on Wednesday of the first full week in May.

Illinois Department of Labor Update: Training Dates available for Prevailing Wage Certified Payroll Portal
04/07/2020

Illinois Department of Labor Update: Training Dates available for Prevailing Wage Certified Payroll Portal

Training Dates available for Prevailing Wage Certified Payroll Portal

Please review the Illinois Department of Labor Update: Training Dates available for Prevailing Wage Certified Payroll Portal.

Event Date Changes and Cancellations
04/06/2020

Event Date Changes and Cancellations

ECA, NECA and Industry Event Postponements and Cancellations

ECA Membership Meeting - 3/11/2020
03/18/2020

ECA Membership Meeting - 3/11/2020

We thank the two presenters: Gene Kent, INTECH Director and Jessica Newbold Hoselton, IMSCA Director for their assistance with the session!

The Electrical Contractors' Association of City of Chicago (ECA) held its March Membership meeting on Wednesday, March 11, 2020 at the Gene & Georgetti's in Rosemont, IL.

ECA Golf Outing - August 4, 2020!
03/18/2020

ECA Golf Outing - August 4, 2020!

Registration remains open for the ECA Golf Outing!

Registration is open for the ECA Golf Outing scheduled as follows: August 4, 2020 Kemper Lakes Golf Club 24000 N. Old McHenry Road Kildeer, IL

NECA Midwestern Region Conference
03/10/2020

NECA Midwestern Region Conference

Registration has begun for the NECA Midwestern Region Conference (June 13 - 17, 2020)!

Registration has begun for the NECA Midwestern Region Conference scheduled as follows: JUNE 13 - 17, 2020 BROADMOOR RESORT 1 LAKE AVENUE COLORADO SPRINGS, CO. 80906 (855) 634-7711 REGISTER SOON! ROOMS ARE GOING FAST!

NECA IIT Student Chapter Update
03/06/2020

NECA IIT Student Chapter Update

We thank the two presenters from Kelso-Burnett Co. for their assistance with the session!

The Electrical Contractors’ the Electrical Contractors' Association of City of Chicago (ECA) Student Committee sponsored a NECA IIT Student Chapter meeting at the IIT Smart Tech Lab on March 5, 2020.

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News from Capitol Hill
02/26/2021

News from Capitol Hill

NECA Monitoring as Budget Reconciliation Moves Forward

Top Legislative News of the Week

CISCO - Education-to-Careers Director Position Open
02/23/2021

CISCO - Education-to-Careers Director Position Open

The Construction Industry Service Corporation (CISCO) is a labor-management organization serving union building trades and union contractors. CISCO currently represents more than 140,000 union construction workers and 8,000 union contractors in Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake and McHenry Counties. CISCO is looking for a self-motivated, energetic employee who possesses a strong working knowledge of union apprenticeship programs. The “Education-to-Careers Director” must be able to forge partnerships with a diverse group that includes union training coordinators, contractors, businesses, industry partners, school educators and counselors, and other non-profit organizations. 

Joint Safety Forum -- February 12, 2021
02/12/2021

Joint Safety Forum -- February 12, 2021

Program was conducted by Paul Satti, Construction Safety Council

The Electrical Contractors’ Association of City of Chicago (ECA) / Chicago & Cook County Chapter, NECA and the Northeastern Illinois Chapter, NECA held a Joint Safety Forum featuring the seminar, "Respirator Fit Tester Training" on Friday, February 12, 2021. The 4-hour session was complimentary and facilitated by Paul Satti, Construction Safety Council. The program was held at the IBEW-NECA Technical Institute (INTECH) in Alsip, IL.

NECA 2021 Task Forces / Committees -- Chicago Chapter Representatives
02/09/2021

NECA 2021 Task Forces / Committees -- Chicago Chapter Representatives

Congratulations to Chapter members!

NECA President, Larry Beltramo, has made appointments to the NECA's National Standing Committees and Task Forces for 2021 that were recently approved by the NECA Executive Committee.

"Certified Transcript of Payroll" Webinar
02/05/2021

"Certified Transcript of Payroll" Webinar

Here are highlights of the "Certified Transcript of Payroll" Webinar.

"Certified Transcript of Payroll" Webinar Proper Implementation / IDOL Portal Ease of Use Thursday, February 4, 2021

NECA 2021 Project Excellence Awards
02/02/2021

NECA 2021 Project Excellence Awards

Registration has begun!

Registration for Project Submittal has begun for the NECA 2021 Project Excellence Awards.

ECA January 13, 2021 Membership Meeting
01/13/2021

ECA January 13, 2021 Membership Meeting

Here are highlights of the ECA January 13, 2021 Membership Meeting.

Please review the highlights of the ECA January 13, 2021 Membership Meeting.

IMSCA Call to Action on SB 1480! / Previous Legislative Update
01/12/2021

IMSCA Call to Action on SB 1480! / Previous Legislative Update

January 8 - 12 (Lame Duck Session)

The Illinois General Assembly returned to Springfield on January 8, 2021 to begin their 5-day lame duck session. Action needed on SB 1480!

2021 ECA Membership Meeting Calendar / Educational Programs Schedule / Stipends
01/11/2021

2021 ECA Membership Meeting Calendar / Educational Programs Schedule / Stipends

Please review the 2021 ECA Membership Meeting Calendar / Educational Programs Schedule / Available Stipends!

Powering Chicago to speak at the Illinois RE Journal's 19th Annual Construction Forecast Conference
12/14/2020

Powering Chicago to speak at the Illinois RE Journal's 19th Annual Construction Forecast Conference

January 7th, 2021 - Registration is Free

This free conference will include an Economic Forecast, a State of the Market session, and more.

ECA November 17, 2020 Membership Meeting
11/17/2020

ECA November 17, 2020 Membership Meeting

Highlights of the event -

The program was a virtual session and featured industry updates, as well as a presentation from the City of Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) Chief Development Officer (CDO) Robert Hoxie.

  ECA October 14, 2020 Membership Meeting
10/15/2020

ECA October 14, 2020 Membership Meeting

Highlights of the event -

The program was a virtual session and featured industry updates, as well as a presentation from the City of Chicago Department of Procurement Services (DPS) Chief Procurement Officer (CPO) Shannon Andrews. 

Tips and Instructions for NECA 2020 LIVE (October 6-8, 2020)
10/01/2020

Tips and Instructions for NECA 2020 LIVE (October 6-8, 2020)

Tutorials and important information to make the most out of the virtual convention!

ERS: Employee Assistance Program offers  savings on hundreds of brands in brands in the new Discount Marketplace
09/25/2020

ERS: Employee Assistance Program offers savings on hundreds of brands in brands in the new Discount Marketplace

Now available at mylifeexpert.com

The EAP discount marketplace houses “real and relevant” deals offering something for everyone. You can find incredible savings of up to 60% on hotels, 39% on movie tickets, 60% on apparel... and more!

 "Excavation Hazards in Construction" - September 24, 2020
09/24/2020

"Excavation Hazards in Construction" - September 24, 2020

Joint Safety Forum --

The Chicago & Cook County Chapter, NECA Safety Committee and the Northeastern Illinois Chapter, NECA Safety Committee jointly sponsored a complimentary morning Safety Forum that was held on Thursday, September 24, 2020 at the IBEW Local 701 Hall in Warrenville, Illinois.

NECA Virtual Safety Summit
09/18/2020

NECA Virtual Safety Summit

October 27-29, 2020

The NECA Virtual Safety Summit will be composed of 2-half day blocks of general sessions, concurrent breakouts and even an exhibit hall. As champions of safety, we understand the importance of physically distancing but keeping up with latest safety trends of 2020 and beyond could be the difference if your organization is in business tomorrow.

NECA 2020 LIVE
08/31/2020

NECA 2020 LIVE

The NECA Convention & Trade Show will be a virtual event!

The NECA Convention & Trade Show will be a VIRTUAL event on October 6 - 8, 2020. Registration happening now!

Get Ready for NECA 2020 LIVE!
07/06/2020

Get Ready for NECA 2020 LIVE!

David Meade interviews NECA CEO David Long in live broadcast

Check out NECA's live broadcasts each Monday on Facebook and LinkedIn to learn more about the first ever virtual convention this fall!

NECA Education Announcement: Virtual Classroom Announcement
07/02/2020

NECA Education Announcement: Virtual Classroom Announcement

Across the country there will be a lot of variation on the availability of in-person training in the weeks and months ahead, and to combat this NECA is bringing some of our most popular in-person classes, that we hold with NECA Chapters across the country, online! In July, there are several classes NECA members can take advantage of.

Two Chapter Members Inducted into the 2020 Academy of Electrical Contracting!
06/23/2020

Two Chapter Members Inducted into the 2020 Academy of Electrical Contracting!

The induction will occur during the NECA Convention & Trade Show virtual event - NECA Live 2020!

The following Academy of Electrical Contracting inductees from the Chicago & Cook County Chapter will be installed during the virtual NECA Convention & Trade Show - NECA Live 2020: Eric Nixon, Maron Electric Company and David Witz, Continental Electrical Construction Company.

POWERING CHICAGO hosted Illinois Real Estate Journal Webinar
06/23/2020

POWERING CHICAGO hosted Illinois Real Estate Journal Webinar

Commercial Real Estate Technology & COVID-19: Powering Chicago's Reopening

POWERING CHICAGO was featured in the Illinois Real Estate Journal's webinar on June 25, 2020.

ECA May Membership Meeting - May 13, 2020
05/14/2020

ECA May Membership Meeting - May 13, 2020

Membership Meeting was a Webinar with two guest presenters.

The Electrical Contractors’ Association of City of Chicago (ECA) held its May Membership Meeting on Wednesday, May 13, 2020 as a Webinar. The program featured industry updates, and guest presentations from Josh Bone, NECA Director, Industry Innovation and Lonnie Cumpton, NECA Director, Construction Manufacturing.

IDHR Illinois Sexual Harassment Training Guidelines
04/28/2020

IDHR Illinois Sexual Harassment Training Guidelines

The Illinois Department of Human Rights (IDHR) has submitted the training guidelines.

The Illinois Department of Human Rights (IDHR) has submitted the training guidelines concerning Sexual Harassment Training.

OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH PROFESSIONAL DAY
04/27/2020

OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH PROFESSIONAL DAY

Occupational Safety and Health Professional Day is observed the on Wednesday of the first full week in May.

NECA Safety Stand Down - April 29, 2020
04/07/2020

NECA Safety Stand Down - April 29, 2020

We hope that you will be able to participate with the NECA Safety Stand Down - April 29, 2020

NECA Safety Stand Down is April 29, 2020

ECA CHICAGO LIVE WEBINAR: "How to Help & Serve Your Customers in a Virtual World NOW & Seamlessly Transition Back to Business as Usual LATER." Presented by Kelly McDonald
04/01/2020

ECA CHICAGO LIVE WEBINAR: "How to Help & Serve Your Customers in a Virtual World NOW & Seamlessly Transition Back to Business as Usual LATER." Presented by Kelly McDonald

ECA CHICAGO LIVE WEBINAR: "How to Help & Serve Your Customers in a Virtual World NOW & Seamlessly Transition Back to Business as Usual LATER."

The Electrical Contractors' Association of City of Chicago (ECA) Research and Education Committee is proud to present an upcoming live webinar called, "How to Help & Serve Your Customers in a Virtual World NOW & Seamlessly Transition Back to Business as Usual LATER." The session is to be presented by Kelly McDonald. Please join us THURSDAY, APRIL 30, 2020 - 3:00 PM (CST). The program will include a 40 minute presentation and additional time for Q & A.

Young Professionals of ECA: Spring Webinar
04/01/2020

Young Professionals of ECA: Spring Webinar

How to Step Up and Lead in a Crisis

You don’t have to be the boss to be a leader. In fact, now, more than ever, the way you approach your work, the business landscape and the very real challenges we all face define you as a leader – or someone who needs to be led. It’s time to step up and show your team, your customers and suppliers how you solve problems and keep the business moving forward.

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Powering Chicago featured in upcoming Built to Last: Season 7
03/02/2021

Powering Chicago featured in upcoming Built to Last: Season 7

Tune into ABC channel 7 on Sunday, March 7th at Noon

The 7th Season of Emmy Award winning Built to Last on ABC kicks off Sunday, March 7th. Powering Chicago will be featured in six episodes this spring and summer.

News from Capitol Hill
02/26/2021

News from Capitol Hill

NECA Monitoring as Budget Reconciliation Moves Forward

Top Legislative News of the Week

CISCO - Education-to-Careers Director Position Open
02/23/2021

CISCO - Education-to-Careers Director Position Open

The Construction Industry Service Corporation (CISCO) is a labor-management organization serving union building trades and union contractors. CISCO currently represents more than 140,000 union construction workers and 8,000 union contractors in Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake and McHenry Counties. CISCO is looking for a self-motivated, energetic employee who possesses a strong working knowledge of union apprenticeship programs. The “Education-to-Careers Director” must be able to forge partnerships with a diverse group that includes union training coordinators, contractors, businesses, industry partners, school educators and counselors, and other non-profit organizations. 

Joint Safety Forum -- February 12, 2021
02/12/2021

Joint Safety Forum -- February 12, 2021

Program was conducted by Paul Satti, Construction Safety Council

The Electrical Contractors’ Association of City of Chicago (ECA) / Chicago & Cook County Chapter, NECA and the Northeastern Illinois Chapter, NECA held a Joint Safety Forum featuring the seminar, "Respirator Fit Tester Training" on Friday, February 12, 2021. The 4-hour session was complimentary and facilitated by Paul Satti, Construction Safety Council. The program was held at the IBEW-NECA Technical Institute (INTECH) in Alsip, IL.

Women in NECA / Future Leaders Conference is going Virtual!
02/10/2021

Women in NECA / Future Leaders Conference is going Virtual!

March 9-10th, 2021

Two keynote speakers, two afternoons of breakout sessions, entertainment and more. Check it out!

NECA 2021 Task Forces / Committees -- Chicago Chapter Representatives
02/09/2021

NECA 2021 Task Forces / Committees -- Chicago Chapter Representatives

Congratulations to Chapter members!

NECA President, Larry Beltramo, has made appointments to the NECA's National Standing Committees and Task Forces for 2021 that were recently approved by the NECA Executive Committee.

NECA Member Surveys: Membership Participation & Diversity
02/05/2021

NECA Member Surveys: Membership Participation & Diversity

NECA needs the help of our Industry Leaders for future initiatives

NY Times Best Selling Author to Speak at February Membership Meeting
02/03/2021

NY Times Best Selling Author to Speak at February Membership Meeting

"How to Work With and Lead People Not Like You: Practical Solutions for Today's Diverse Workplace"

Join us for ECA's February membership meeting and guest speaker, Kelly McDonald, as she presents her NY Times Best Selling Book on Leadership Skills for today's diverse workplace.

Young Professionals of ECA at Top Golf in Schaumburg
01/20/2021

Young Professionals of ECA at Top Golf in Schaumburg

March 31, 2021

Join the Young Professionals of ECA for a night at Top Golf in Schaumburg. Topgolf features 102 bays over 3 floors, an amazing rooftop terrace, lively bars & a golf game concept that is sure to blow you away! Plus safety protocols in place to keep everyone safe for a fun evening.

Employee Assistance Program (EAP) Webinars & Member News
01/14/2021

Employee Assistance Program (EAP) Webinars & Member News

Free Services for ECA Members, Employees and their Families

The ECA "Employee Assistance Program" is a free service for employee's of ECA Member companies. The Employee Assistance Program offers Total Well-Being solutions to help leaders, managers, and employees grow professionally and personally.

Powering Chicago to speak at the Illinois RE Journal's 19th Annual Construction Forecast Conference
12/14/2020

Powering Chicago to speak at the Illinois RE Journal's 19th Annual Construction Forecast Conference

January 7th, 2021 - Registration is Free

This free conference will include an Economic Forecast, a State of the Market session, and more.

Powering Chicago Launches Holiday Lights Campaign to Brighten the Holiday Season for Ronald McDonald House Families
12/03/2020

Powering Chicago Launches Holiday Lights Campaign to Brighten the Holiday Season for Ronald McDonald House Families

Post your holiday lights photos on Facebook and add these hashtags #poweringchicago #holidaylightschi

Now through December 21st, Powering Chicago will donate to Ronald McDonald's House Charities of Chicagoland for every photo tagged!

In case you missed it,  check out Powering Chicago's lighting of the City's 107th annual Christmas tree!
11/30/2020

In case you missed it, check out Powering Chicago's lighting of the City's 107th annual Christmas tree!

Get a behind the scenes look at All Tech Energy's hard work to make this year's tree spectacular

NECA Basic Estimating Classes - Virtual Classroom - are now Available!
11/20/2020

NECA Basic Estimating Classes - Virtual Classroom - are now Available!

The wait list from the previous session has been notified, so registration is limited.

NECA Education has opened up four more Basic Estimating classes! Classes will run December 3-18 and January 5-22 with morning and afternoon sessions.

CBC 2021 Merit Awards Application Process Started!
11/19/2020

CBC 2021 Merit Awards Application Process Started!

CBC Merit Awards -Entry Deadline is 1/15/21

The Chicago Building Conference (CBC) has opened up their Merit Awards application process for 2021 for both CBC members and non-CBC members.

ECA 2021 Membership Meeting Schedule
11/19/2020

ECA 2021 Membership Meeting Schedule

SAVE THE DATES for the ECA 2021 Membership Meeting Schedule!

Please review the listing and save the dates as we finalize the speakers / format / locations of the meetings.

POWERING CHICAGO lights up Chicago's 107th Annual Christmas Tree
11/18/2020

POWERING CHICAGO lights up Chicago's 107th Annual Christmas Tree

Watch the Broadcast here!

Though holiday festivities this year will be different than in year’s past because of the pandemic, one thing is certain: the 107th “official” Christmas tree in Chicago’s history will look stunning thanks to Cook County’s unionized electrical industry. Here's a behind the scenes look at ECA Member, All-Tech Energy, as they finish decorating this year's tree.

"How to Design Your Company's Internal Processes for Maximizing Profitability" Webinar 
11/12/2020

"How to Design Your Company's Internal Processes for Maximizing Profitability" Webinar 

The seminar was conducted by Dr. Heather Moore; MCA, Inc. and assisted by Sonja Danesghari, MCA, Inc.

The Electrical Contractors' Association of City of Chicago (ECA) Research and Education Committee recently held a webinar called, "How to Design Your Company's Internal Processes for Maximizing Profitability."  The event was arranged in lieu of an “in-person” program from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm on Thursday, November 12, 2020.  The seminar was conducted by Dr. Heather Moore; MCA, Inc. and assisted by Sonja Danesghari, MCA, Inc.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING TEMPORARY BENEFIT CHANGES DUE TO CONTINUING IMPACT OF CORONAVIRUS. 
10/30/2020

IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING TEMPORARY BENEFIT CHANGES DUE TO CONTINUING IMPACT OF CORONAVIRUS. 

EIT Temporary Benefits Changes Due to Coronavirus

PLESASE REVIEW THE IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING TEMPORARY BENEFIT CHANGES DUE TO CONTINUING IMPACT OF CORONAVIRUS. 

CISCO Announces Industry Scholarships and Project Awards
10/28/2020

CISCO Announces Industry Scholarships and Project Awards

Applications / Further Information for both programs available at www.cisco.org

For more information on the Awards and the Scholarships, contact Gary Karafiat, Director of Communications & Public Affairs at 630.472.9411 or via email: gary@cisco.org.

Employee Assistance Program Webinars & October News
10/26/2020

Employee Assistance Program Webinars & October News

Frontline Newsletter

This month's employee newsletter features the following topics: • SmartMom App Helps Single Parents • Using Anti-Anxiety Medications? • Breast Cancer Awareness and Alcohol Use • Protect Against IP Address Hacking • Parkinson's Law - A Remote Workers Bugaboo

Join ECA Chicago & Local 134 in the "Run to Rebuild" for Rebuilding Together Metro Chicago
10/15/2020

Join ECA Chicago & Local 134 in the "Run to Rebuild" for Rebuilding Together Metro Chicago

Participate on the Powering Chicago team, and help support the rebuilding of homes and communities in Chicago

(VIRTUAL) RUN TO REBUILD OCTOBER 16 -23, 2020 5K RUN | 2 MILE WALK | 20 MILE BIKE

NECA 2020 LIVE WRAP-UP
10/09/2020

NECA 2020 LIVE WRAP-UP

Recent Virtual Convention Highlights

The NECA 2020 LIVE (virtual Convention) was held October 5 – 8, 2020. The event encompassed the many aspects of a premier Convention & Trade Show the industry expects. The NECA Convention Staff helped create a viable, virtual platform that allowed the participant access to the many webinars, live events throughout the four days. The NECA 2020 LIVE was sponsored by Powering Chicago! Over 350 individuals from all of our Chicago & Cook County Chapter members were registered for this event!

NECA 2020 LIVE: Convention Highlights and ECA Member Accolades
10/02/2020

NECA 2020 LIVE: Convention Highlights and ECA Member Accolades

Convention Highlights and things you won't want to miss!

ECA Member Academy Inductions, Awards and Honors, Powering Chicago sponsored events, NECA Chicago's Student Chapter competing in the finals, and much more you won't want to miss!

Tips and Instructions for NECA 2020 LIVE (October 6-8, 2020)
10/01/2020

Tips and Instructions for NECA 2020 LIVE (October 6-8, 2020)

Tutorials and important information to make the most out of the virtual convention!

Real progress being made to increase diversity in union apprenticeship programs
09/29/2020

Real progress being made to increase diversity in union apprenticeship programs

Sun-Times Letter to the Editor from Powering Chicago

Real progress being made to increase diversity in union apprenticeship programs. In citing statewide statistics, Sun-Times story failed to recognize the progress many Chicago area unions have made in tackling this challenge head-on. By Letters to the Editor Sep 22, 2020 Portions of this article were excerpted from a September 22, 2020 Sun-Times “Letter to the Editor.” This article was also published in the Chicago Tribune.

ERS: Employee Assistance Program offers  savings on hundreds of brands in brands in the new Discount Marketplace
09/25/2020

ERS: Employee Assistance Program offers savings on hundreds of brands in brands in the new Discount Marketplace

Now available at mylifeexpert.com

The EAP discount marketplace houses “real and relevant” deals offering something for everyone. You can find incredible savings of up to 60% on hotels, 39% on movie tickets, 60% on apparel... and more!

HOMETOWN HERO'S: Jamerson & Bauwens Electrical Contractors featured on Cubs Marquee Network
09/25/2020

HOMETOWN HERO'S: Jamerson & Bauwens Electrical Contractors featured on Cubs Marquee Network

Gateway to Learning (located near Lincoln Square) is a school for adults with intellectual challenges and developmental disabilities. Their mission is to provide lifelong learning that promotes active inclusion at home, work and in the community.

Young Professionals of ECA: Fall Tour at IN-TECH
09/25/2020

Young Professionals of ECA: Fall Tour at IN-TECH

September 30, 2020

The young professionals of ECA are invited to tour the IBEW NECA Technical Institute's renewable energy training center. Compete in the Tower Climb Challenge!

NECA Virtual Safety Summit
09/18/2020

NECA Virtual Safety Summit

October 27-29, 2020

The NECA Virtual Safety Summit will be composed of 2-half day blocks of general sessions, concurrent breakouts and even an exhibit hall. As champions of safety, we understand the importance of physically distancing but keeping up with latest safety trends of 2020 and beyond could be the difference if your organization is in business tomorrow.

IMSCA Update
09/17/2020

IMSCA Update

Recently Enacted Laws in Illinois

IMSCA would like to remind its members of a number of recently enacted laws in Illinois: Employment of Illinois Workers on Public Works Act, IDOL Certified Payroll Portal and Mandatory Sexual Harassment Prevention Training.

Advanced Estimating of Electrical Construction Workshop a Success
09/17/2020

Advanced Estimating of Electrical Construction Workshop a Success

Additional Fall Programming

The ECA has initiated its Fall educational programming. The Season is underway with the recent "Advanced Estimating of Electrical Construction Workshop" that was held September 16 - 17, 2020. We hope you register for the additional Fall programs!

ERS: Employee Assistance Program News and September Webinars
09/08/2020

ERS: Employee Assistance Program News and September Webinars

Featuring new resources for Supervisors, Employees, and their families

REMINDER! - Subcontractor Use / Subcontractor Notification Form
09/04/2020

REMINDER! - Subcontractor Use / Subcontractor Notification Form

Please review the "Subcontracting" Reminder / Access to a Subcontractor Notification Form template.

NECA Legal Alert: IRS COVID-19 Tax Deferral Guidance
09/02/2020

NECA Legal Alert: IRS COVID-19 Tax Deferral Guidance

Early last month, President Trump signed an executive order directing the secretary of the treasury to allow employers to defer the withholding, deposit and payment of a certain portion of social security taxes in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The IRS has issued guidance implementing the president’s order.

September is "Suicide Prevention Month"
09/02/2020

September is "Suicide Prevention Month"

Construction Industry Alliance offers training.

The Construction Industry Alliance reminds all that September is "Suicide Prevention Month" and wishes to share the tools that they have created to help you join them in sharing the STAND up for Suicide Prevention message.

Zoom Meeting with Congressman Brad Schneider,10th Congressional District 
08/31/2020

Zoom Meeting with Congressman Brad Schneider,10th Congressional District 

Zoom Call on August 31, 2020

On August 31, 2020, a number of ECA members participated with a virtual session with Congressman Brad Schneider, 10th Congressional District.  The Zoom call was coordinated through the efforts of NECA Government Affairs, the Northeastern Illinois Chapter, NECA, as well as the ECA Legislative Committee. 

NECA 2020 LIVE
08/31/2020

NECA 2020 LIVE

The NECA Convention & Trade Show will be a virtual event!

The NECA Convention & Trade Show will be a VIRTUAL event on October 6 - 8, 2020. Registration happening now!

Powering Chicago's Elbert Walters to speak at RE Journals Asset, Property, and Facility Management Summit
08/30/2020

Powering Chicago's Elbert Walters to speak at RE Journals Asset, Property, and Facility Management Summit

September 10th, 2020

On Thursday, September 10, Powering Chicago Director Elbert Walters III will join a panel at RE Journals’ 16th Annual Chicagoland Asset, Property, Facility Management Virtual Summit to discuss the new demands managers are facing and how they can respond.

Electrical Joint Arbitration Board Announcement
08/18/2020

Electrical Joint Arbitration Board Announcement

Vacation Savings Account Contribution Update

We are pleased to provide the updated details below for making the Vacation Savings Account contribution each month on behalf of all employees working under the A, C, R, Agreement(s).

ECA Chicago sponsors MEET THE CONTRACTOR Week
08/17/2020

ECA Chicago sponsors MEET THE CONTRACTOR Week

September 14-17, 2020

Meet the Contractor Week is the USA’s largest online event to provide direct access to general contractors and buyers in the AEC industry. Join them as they discuss with solution providers & sub-contractors the opportunities to work with them on new projects across the USA.

CARE Act Main Street Lending Program US Government COVID Funding For The Construction, Design and Infrastructure Sector Companies
08/17/2020

CARE Act Main Street Lending Program US Government COVID Funding For The Construction, Design and Infrastructure Sector Companies

WEBINAR: AUGUST 26th, 1:00PM CST

Critical New Information on PPP! Join the US Department of Commerce, the Federal Reserve, and the Small Business Administration for an update on the new Main Street Lending Program. This program will provide credit support to eligible small and medium-sized businesses that are integral to the U.S. economy and create jobs for a large share of the U.S. workforce, particularly in the construction, design and infrastructure sectors.

Powering Chicago featured in upcoming Chicago Building Congress webinar
08/17/2020

Powering Chicago featured in upcoming Chicago Building Congress webinar

September 16, 2020: Noon CST

The Future of Work: Leveraging Technology for Safer Built Environments in the COVID-19 Era

 Finalists announced in ELECTRI International / NECA Green Energy Challenge
08/12/2020

Finalists announced in ELECTRI International / NECA Green Energy Challenge

Congratulations to ECA's Student Chapter at IIT, a 2020 Finalist

The ELECTRI International / NECA Green Energy Challenge marks a yearly highlight for NECA Student Chapters. Teams agree that the popular Challenge is stimulating because it makes them focus on problem solving by thinking in new, creative ways.

On-line Portal -- IDOL Prevailing Wage for Contractors Update
08/06/2020

On-line Portal -- IDOL Prevailing Wage for Contractors Update

Portal Use Update

The Illinois Department of Labor will be holding a webex training on how to use this upload option. It is highly recommended that the individual who files certified payrolls for your organization attends this meeting. Even if you took the first training in April, it is recommended that you attend this session. This webinar is primarily for contractors, as they will be filing certified payrolls with the department. The webinar will be held: Monday, August 17, 2020 at 3:00 pm.

The Contactless Office: Powering Chicago’s Return to the Workplace
08/03/2020

The Contactless Office: Powering Chicago’s Return to the Workplace

Download Powering Chicago's eBook to gain expert advice on creating a safe work environment

NECA / ECA Chicago Student Chapter Finalist in the video competition of the Green Energy Challenge
07/31/2020

NECA / ECA Chicago Student Chapter Finalist in the video competition of the Green Energy Challenge

ECA's Student Chapter at IIT will compete against Iowa State University and Penn State University for the championship this fall

Employee Resource Services is now AllOne Health
07/31/2020

Employee Resource Services is now AllOne Health

Employee Assistance Program: Programs and Services for ECA Members

The Employee Assistance Program is now apart of the AllOne Health group, offering expanded benefits and services for ECA members and their employees.

Young Professionals Trivia Night - July 30th
07/27/2020

Young Professionals Trivia Night - July 30th

Compete against your peers in the construction trades

ECA is teaming up with our trade allies for a Young Professionals trivia night on July 30th at 7pm.

Renewable Energy Training for Contractors
07/21/2020

Renewable Energy Training for Contractors

DATES: Friday, August 28, 2020 and Saturday, August 29, 2020. TIME: Each session will begin at 8:00 am and will conclude at 2:00 pm. Both sessions are six hours in duration.

The Illinois IBEW Renewable Energy Fund (IBEW REF), which has received funding for renewable energy training throughout Illinois, is pleased to present a complimentary two-day training program regarding work in the solar industry in Illinois. The coursework has been developed to inform the union electrical contractor to become an effective union solar contractor.

Get Ready for NECA 2020 LIVE!
07/06/2020

Get Ready for NECA 2020 LIVE!

David Meade interviews NECA CEO David Long in live broadcast

Check out NECA's live broadcasts each Monday on Facebook and LinkedIn to learn more about the first ever virtual convention this fall!

NECA Education Announcement: Virtual Classroom Announcement
07/02/2020

NECA Education Announcement: Virtual Classroom Announcement

Across the country there will be a lot of variation on the availability of in-person training in the weeks and months ahead, and to combat this NECA is bringing some of our most popular in-person classes, that we hold with NECA Chapters across the country, online! In July, there are several classes NECA members can take advantage of.

City of Chicago to conduct Disparity Study on MBE/WBE Construction Contracts
07/01/2020

City of Chicago to conduct Disparity Study on MBE/WBE Construction Contracts

MBE/WBE participation requested

The City of Chicago is conducting a disparity study to examine whether minorities and women have equal access to City construction contracting opportunities. If your firm currently works with or has tried to bid on construction contracts for the City of Chicago as a prime contractor, subcontractor or supplier, Colette Holt & Associates (“CHA”) would like to hear from you.

Two Chapter Members Inducted into the 2020 Academy of Electrical Contracting!
06/23/2020

Two Chapter Members Inducted into the 2020 Academy of Electrical Contracting!

The induction will occur during the NECA Convention & Trade Show virtual event - NECA Live 2020!

The following Academy of Electrical Contracting inductees from the Chicago & Cook County Chapter will be installed during the virtual NECA Convention & Trade Show - NECA Live 2020: Eric Nixon, Maron Electric Company and David Witz, Continental Electrical Construction Company.

POWERING CHICAGO hosted Illinois Real Estate Journal Webinar
06/23/2020

POWERING CHICAGO hosted Illinois Real Estate Journal Webinar

Commercial Real Estate Technology & COVID-19: Powering Chicago's Reopening

POWERING CHICAGO was featured in the Illinois Real Estate Journal's webinar on June 25, 2020.

COVID-19 Important Updates
06/22/2020

COVID-19 Important Updates

Breaking News affecting our Industry: Safety, Legislation, and more

Check here frequently for the latest updates on how COVID-19 is affecting construction and Chicago and Cook County.

ECA May Membership Meeting - May 13, 2020
05/14/2020

ECA May Membership Meeting - May 13, 2020

Membership Meeting was a Webinar with two guest presenters.

The Electrical Contractors’ Association of City of Chicago (ECA) held its May Membership Meeting on Wednesday, May 13, 2020 as a Webinar. The program featured industry updates, and guest presentations from Josh Bone, NECA Director, Industry Innovation and Lonnie Cumpton, NECA Director, Construction Manufacturing.

OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH PROFESSIONAL DAY
04/27/2020

OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH PROFESSIONAL DAY

Occupational Safety and Health Professional Day is observed the on Wednesday of the first full week in May.

Illinois Department of Labor Update: Training Dates available for Prevailing Wage Certified Payroll Portal
04/07/2020

Illinois Department of Labor Update: Training Dates available for Prevailing Wage Certified Payroll Portal

Training Dates available for Prevailing Wage Certified Payroll Portal

Please review the Illinois Department of Labor Update: Training Dates available for Prevailing Wage Certified Payroll Portal.

Event Date Changes and Cancellations
04/06/2020

Event Date Changes and Cancellations

ECA, NECA and Industry Event Postponements and Cancellations

ECA Membership Meeting - 3/11/2020
03/18/2020

ECA Membership Meeting - 3/11/2020

We thank the two presenters: Gene Kent, INTECH Director and Jessica Newbold Hoselton, IMSCA Director for their assistance with the session!

The Electrical Contractors' Association of City of Chicago (ECA) held its March Membership meeting on Wednesday, March 11, 2020 at the Gene & Georgetti's in Rosemont, IL.

ECA Golf Outing - August 4, 2020!
03/18/2020

ECA Golf Outing - August 4, 2020!

Registration remains open for the ECA Golf Outing!

Registration is open for the ECA Golf Outing scheduled as follows: August 4, 2020 Kemper Lakes Golf Club 24000 N. Old McHenry Road Kildeer, IL

NECA Midwestern Region Conference
03/10/2020

NECA Midwestern Region Conference

Registration has begun for the NECA Midwestern Region Conference (June 13 - 17, 2020)!

Registration has begun for the NECA Midwestern Region Conference scheduled as follows: JUNE 13 - 17, 2020 BROADMOOR RESORT 1 LAKE AVENUE COLORADO SPRINGS, CO. 80906 (855) 634-7711 REGISTER SOON! ROOMS ARE GOING FAST!

NECA IIT Student Chapter Update
03/06/2020

NECA IIT Student Chapter Update

We thank the two presenters from Kelso-Burnett Co. for their assistance with the session!

The Electrical Contractors’ the Electrical Contractors' Association of City of Chicago (ECA) Student Committee sponsored a NECA IIT Student Chapter meeting at the IIT Smart Tech Lab on March 5, 2020.

ECA's Annual President's Party
03/06/2020

ECA's Annual President's Party

Friday, May 22, 2020 at Navy Pier's Crystal Gardens

ECA Members are invited to the annual Electrical Contractors' Association President's Party at the Crystal Gardens of Navy Pier Chicago.

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