ECA Industry Update
IBEW Local 134 Urges Gov. Pritzker to Protect Essential Workers with COVID Vaccine -- Despite continuing to serve on front lines, IBEW Local 134 members denied priority access. 
NECA 2021 Task Forces / Committees -- Chicago Chapter Representatives
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. Please click on the link for the full listings. We wish to congratulate the following Chicago & Cook County Chapter members for their continued service to not only the Chapter, but to National NECA!

Business Development Task Force
Rick Jamerson,
Jamerson & Bauwens Electrical Contractors, Inc.

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DE&I) Task Force
Kendra Dinkins,
Taylor Electric Company

Government Affairs Committee
Steve Diamond,
Malko Communication Services, LLC

Safety Task Force
Jerry McGlynn,
McWilliams Electric Company, Inc.

Technology Systems Integration Task Force
Scott Rowe,
Gibson Electric& Technology Solutions
Manual of Labor Units Survey
- Virtual Basic Estimating Sessions
The NECA Manual of Labor Units (MLU) Task Force is commencing the 2021-2022 update for the MLU. NECA Education is asking that all NECA Members provide their feedback on how they use the MLU by February 17, 2021. The link to the survey can be found here

Also, two more virtual Basic Estimating classes are available. Two classes will be held, February 18-March 5 in the morning and the afternoon. NECA members can register for the classes here:

NECA 2021 Project Excellence Awards
The application process has begun for the NECA 2021 Project Excellence Awards.  Please be aware of the following prior to your project submittal:

1.   A NECA member must perform the installation. 
2.   Projects must be completed between 
January 1, 2020 and December 31, 2020. 
3.   Completed entry forms must be received
between February 1, 2021 and June 1, 2021. 
4.   The competition will consider twelve categories
based on the type of project and its dollar
-- Commercial/Institutional 
-- Design Build 
-- Educational 
-- Energy Solutions/Green Building 
-- Health Care
-- Industrial 
-- Low Voltage/Integrated Systems
-- Overhead Transmission 
-- Residential 
-- Street Lighting/Traffic Signal 
-- Substation/Interconnection
-- Transportation/Infrastructure
Please click on the link for full details regarding registration / submittal parameters.
Respirator Fit Tester Training -
Joint Safety Forum
February 12, 2021 at INTECH
The Electrical Contractors’ Association of City of Chicago (ECA) / Chicago & Cook County Chapter, NECA and the Northeastern Illinois Chapter, NECA are proud to present the next Safety Forum featuring the seminar, "Respirator Fit Tester Training."

"Respirator Fit Tester Training" is a FREE 4-hour safety training program to be held at the IBEW-NECA Technical Institute (INTECH) on Friday, February 12, 2021.
2021 ECA Membership Meeting Calendar / Educational Programs Schedule / Stipends
Please click on the links for the ECA 2021 Membership Meeting Schedule and the ECA Educational Program Schedule. Also, please click on the link for a listing of the available stipends for various programs throughout 2021 recently approved by the ECA Executive Committee.

Please visit the ECA website for Registration / information regarding the above programs.
NECA's Recognition of Safety Achievement Application Process Now Open
The National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) formally recognizes electrical contractors that adopt safety and health related work practices, as a core value, within their organization. Having the results that demonstrate this commitment is instrumental. NECA Recognition of Achievement in Safety Excellence and NECA Recognition of Zero Injury Achievement are elite safety recognition programs focused on the electrical construction industry, recognizing companies that excel in multiple areas of their safety and health programs.

Deadline is March 1, 2021.
The Women in NECA / Future Leaders Conference will now be held virtually Tuesday, March 9, 2021 & Wednesday, March 10, 2021.
• Experience industry keynote speakers in the top of their field and educational sessions in a
variety of leadership-focused tracks. Meet others in the industry during the
Networking Happy Hour Sponsored by Graybar.

Great opportunity for ECA members to meet others in the industry and tap into some great education and development programs. Stipend Available! The ECA Executive Committee approved the educational stipends of the Registration fees for up to four registrants of participating ECA member firms for the NECA WIN / FL Conference on March 9 - 10, 2021.
CISCO Scholarships
CISCO Scholarship information is available on the CISCO website at: Application materials are due by February 19, 2021! For more information on the Awards and the Scholarships, contact Gary Karafiat, Director of Communications & Public Affairs at 630.472.9411 or via email:
CSC / ASA Construction Expo. & Safety Conference
-March 2 - 3, 2021
The Construction Expo & Safety Conference, co-hosted by the Association of Subcontractors and Affiliates of Chicago (ASA Chicago) and the Construction Safety Council, is going VIRTUAL in 2021 (March 2 – 3)! While presented in a new format, these two days will serve construction industry professionals by providing valuable opportunities for business-to-business commerce, safety education, and professional networking. Register now as an Attendee or Exhibitor or Sponsor. Click here for details.
NECA Learning Center: Upcoming Programs Available in 2021
NECA has resumed charging for online training licensed from third party providers, but will continue to provide free webinars and their own on-demand online training courses with code NECA2021. All courses included in this promotion can be found here.
Please contact with any questions.
Stay up to date on the latest changes for our Industry including news releases, legislation and Government mandates, workplace safety and preparation guidelines, OSHA alerts, and more that affect electrical contractors in Chicago and Cook County.

February 12, 2021
INTECH - 8 am - 12 pm

February 18, 2021
Maxim Consulting Group
February 24, 2021
Maxim Consulting Group
Virtual Event
March 9-10 2021

March 17, 2021
ERS-EAP, Equifax, NECA Safety App, e-Safetyline

March 24, 2021
Maxim Consulting Group

March 31, 2021
Top Golf, Schaumburg