ECA Industry Update
September is "Suicide Prevention Month"
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. Please click here to sign up for training. Also please click on the link below for more information.
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. However, Notice 2020-26 still leaves employers responsible for collecting the tax from employees and for interest and penalties if the employers are unable to collect the tax after the deferral period.

Virtual Classrooms: Providing More Options for NECA Members
There is lot of variation on the availability of in-person training across the country, and it is likely to remain that way in the weeks and months ahead. To combat this, NECA is bringing some of our most popular in-person classes online! In September, members can attend the following classes.

Please contact with any questions.
NECA Convention & Trade Show - VIRTUAL Event-October 5 - 8, 2020
Register Today!
The first 1500 registrants will receive a swag bag of gifts in the mail. Sign up your team today!
The ECA will cover the cost of convention registration for NECA 2020 Live ($200 per individual) for up to ten individuals per ECA member firm.
On-line NECA Basic Electrical Estimating Workshop
- SOLD OUT! Wait list only...
NECA recently announced that a Basic Estimating Course would be a part of their Virtual Classroom program! NECA is running the first program from September 10, 2020 through October 1, 2020. This is a full interactive online class with students participating in lecture, activities and even homework to replicate the experience of an in-person Basic Estimating class.
Based on overwhelming response this class sold out in less than 20 hours. If you're interested in being added to the wait list, please send NECA the name(s) and email(s) of the potential attendees to NECA is also planning on holding another round (with increased capacity) in October after the Convention.
16th Annual Chicagoland Asset, Property, Facility Management Virtual Summit
September 10, 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.
The panel, In the Trenches: Solving Problems, Providing Solutions, Sound Strategies, will begin at 10:00 am CT.

MEET THE CONTRACTOR Week: September 14 - 17, 2020
ECA Chicago is sponsoring this year's "MEET THE CONTRACTOR" Week. ECA members receive complimentary admission! 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 the opportunities to work with them on new projects across the USA.  Learn More and Register......
Illinois Department of Labor Prevailing
Wage for Contractors, On-line Portal
Beginning September 1st, 2020 – all certified payrolls for public works projects in Illinois MUST be filed with the Illinois Department of Labor – No Exceptions. LEARN MORE.......
POWERING CHICAGO featured in upcoming Building Congress webinar!
The Future of Work: Leveraging Technology for Safer Built Environments in the COVID-19 Era. September 16, 2020 - LEARN MORE
Applications Coming Soon for Scholarships / Top Projects
The Construction Industry Service Corporation (CISCO) will soon be launching two long-standing programs - The Annual Scholarship Awards, as well as its Project of the Year Award. In early September, applications for both programs will be available via the web - There are three different scholarship program categories: 1) Four-year college scholarships for high school seniors; 2) Two-year awards for seniors planning on attending a community college; and 3) Two-year continuing education awards to union members or contractor employees. Project of the Year submissions are available in six categories that include new construction, renovation, residential, and infrastructure projects. For more information, call CISCO at: (630) 472-9411.
Please click on the link below for an EIT notice on the Temporary Benefit Changes Update due to the impact of the coronavirus.  
IMSCA PAC Raffle -
Tickets Available!
IMSCA is excited to announce the IMSCA-PAC 2020 fundraiser has resumed! The winning tickets will now be drawn at IMSCA’s Board and Membership meeting on September 11, 2020. Please click on the link below for a copy of the Raffle Ticket Order Form. SEVEN RAFFLE WINNERS will be drawn this year! Tickets are $50 each. Each ticket purchased buys you a chance to win the prize of your choice. The winners do not need to be present to win. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Jessica Newbold Hoselton, Executive Director, Illinois Mechanical & Specialty Contractors Association (IMSCA) at: (217) 523-4361.
Fatalities caused by falls from elevation continue to be a leading cause of death for construction employees, accounting for 320 of the 1,008 construction fatalities recorded in 2018 (BLS data). Those deaths were preventable. The National Safety Stand-Down raises fall hazard awareness across the country in an effort to stop fall fatalities and injuries..  
OSHA’s Stand-Down webpage offers information on conducting a successful event, and educational resources. Employers are encouraged to provide feedback after their events, and to obtain a personalized certificate of participation. To learn how you can participate in the Stand-Down, visit  
Joint Safety Forum - "Excavation Hazards in Construction" - 9/24/2020 
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, "Excavation Hazards in Construction." This is a FREE 4-hour safety training program designed to educate workers about the risks and liabilities associated with trench-related work. 
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.
Save the Dates
"Managing Field Productivity" August 27, 2020 - CANCELED!

October 21, 2020
Drake Oak Brook Hotel
Oak Brook, IL

November 18, 2020
Drake Oak Brook Hotel
Oak Brook, IL