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ECA News & Events Update

Federal Government Will Not Enforce Federal Contractor Vaccine Mandate

Please click on the link for the NECA Alert concerning Federal Mandate update.

Fed. Vaccine Mandate Update
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4th Annual Young Professionals of ECA Chicago Leadership Conference a Success!

Our 4th Annual Young Professionals of ECA Chicago Leadership Conference was a hit, welcoming over 50 members to the two-day event in Lake Delavan, Wisconsin. Special thanks to our YP Committee and members in attendance, our amazing speakers, and technology partners for helping make this event a great success!

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NECA Government Affairs Update

Take Action: Support Regulation to Require PLAs on Federal Construction Projects 

Take action today to support Executive Order 14063 (click link below) which requires the use of a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) for large scale federal construction projects. The regulation would require a PLA on projects where the total estimated cost of the construction contract to the Federal Government is $35 million or more, unless an exemption applies. NECA supports this regulation because a PLA guarantees an available supply of knowledgeable, well-trained labor. PLAs often include additional provisions such as: no-strike clauses, provisions for grievances and arbitration of disputes, trade jurisdictional issues, and constructive vehicles such as safety and labor management committees. 


The Biden Administration is requesting feedback on the proposed rule and it is critical that we make our voices heard. Take Action today and visit NECA’s all new Legislative Action Center to submit your pre-written letter to the Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council. If you have any questions or need additional information on this matter, please do not hesitate to reach out to the Government Affairs team by contacting Jared Karbowsky at Jared.Karbowsky@necanet.org or Raley Wright at Raley.Wright@necanet.org.  


EV Charging Stations Update (7/21/22)

Please click on the link for the Memo on the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Program - "Notice of Proposed Rule Making."

7/21/22 - National EV Infrastructure Program - Proposed Rule Making

“Illinois Makes General Contractors Liable for Paying Subcontractors’ Workers – NOW WHAT?”  Webcast (9/1/22)

The Illinois Mechanical & Specialty Contractors Association has informed the ECA of an upcoming live webcast titled, “Illinois Makes General Contractors Liable for Paying Subcontractors’ Workers – NOW WHAT?” hosted by the Illinois State Bar Association. This event will be held on Thursday, September 1, 2022 from 12:00 – 2:30 p.m.

This webcast will feature IMSCA’s General Counsel, Jim Rohlfing, who will discuss details of Public Act 102-1076 (HB 5412); which was signed by Governor Pritzker and went into effect on July 1, 2022. This new law makes a prime contractor liable for unpaid lower tier wages and other employee benefits. The Act significantly impacts the risks of general contractors and subcontractors engaged in building projects in Illinois. Attendees will gain a better understanding of what the law intends to accomplish, what the language of the law provides, including exemptions for signatories of collective bargaining agreements, the role surety bonds and other forms of security play in protecting general contractors and higher tier subcontractors from liability, and much more. 

Please click on the link for full event & cost detail.


Cog Hill No. 4 Dubsdread


Site of the 2022 ECA Chicago

"NECA PAC" Golf Outing - September 21st

About the Course:

No. 4 has remained nationally ranked since its opening in 1964. Course No. 4 or "DUBSDREAD" as commonly referred to, was derived from the idea that a "dub" or poor golfer should beware and served as a warning of the challenges forthcoming. True to its name, this natural-style championship course places a high demand on shot-making ability by providing tight landing areas combined with heavily bunkered, large undulating greens.

Over the years, DUBSDREAD has challenged professionals and amateurs alike while hosting numerous PGA Tour and USGA tournaments.

Dubsdread has hosted the:

2022 Junior PGA Championship

2007, 2009-2011 BMW Championship

1991-2006 Western Open Championship

1997 U.S. Amateur


The Electrical Contractors’ Association of City of Chicago (ECA) is pleased to present the 2nd Annual  “ECA Chicago NECPAC Golf Outing.”

Chapter members and their customers or guests are invited to join us on September 21, 2022 at Cog Hill Golf & Country Club (Dub's Dread" - Course #4)

12294 Archer Avenue, Lemont, IL 60439

You and your guests will enjoy the experience of playing one of the best courses in America, along with welcome swag and golf gifts, cigar service, lunch before you tee-off, complimentary libations throughout the day, and a reception with dinner to cap off the outing.

Your participation in this first class event is a great opportunity to support the NECAPAC Fund.  NECA is your voice on Capitol Hill. For more than 100 years, NECA has worked to advance legislation and regulatory policies that impact your opportunity and liability to operate efficiently, profitably and in the best interest of your electrical construction customers.

City of Chicago --

Sexual Harassment Policy / Preventive Training Adjustment(s)  - Update

Please be aware that the City of Chicago has recently updated (July 1, 2022 its Sexual Harassment Policy / Training Requirements for those firms who do work with the City.


Section 8. 2-160-040 was expanded in regard to definition of sexual harassment and additional time needed for actual training.


Please click on the link for the training modules for the city’s new sexual harassment policy.  

City of Chicago Training Modules

NECA "Value-Added" Services

Please click on the link for the NECA Open Forum - 7/8/22 edition regarding NECA Value-Added Services.

7/8/22 - NECA Open Forum

NECA Convention & Trade Show

-Austin, TX  10/15/22 - 10/18/22

Registration is OPEN!



Please Contact ECA Office for availability options!

The NECA Convention & Trade Show is coming! Please visit www.necaconvention.org for registration.  Please be aware that the Austin City Limits (ACL), Texas home football and Formula One will be occurring near the Convention time-frame. 

Again, Registration is open for the Convention; but, the Chapter Block is Filled! If you're registering and the Four Seasons is listed as not available, another hotel would be utilized. Please contact the ECA office in regard to availability options for the Four Seasons and/or the other hotels in the overall NECA block. 


IMSCA-PAC 2022 Fundraiser Raffle is Now Open!

IMSCA-PAC’s 2022 fundraiser is underway! 


NINE RAFFLE WINNERS will be drawn this year! Tickets are $50 each. Each ticket purchased buys you a chance to win the prize of your choice. Your choices include:


·   FOUR tickets to cheer on the Chicago Bears vs. Washington Commanders at Soldier Field (October 13 2022, 7:20 p.m.). This prize also includes parking passes (Value: $1,100.00). Donated by Tom Morton, LLD Electric Company.

·   FOUR tickets to cheer on the Chicago Blackhawks at the United Center (Date TBA). These are 200 Club Level seats with parking passes (Value: $750.00). Donated by Jim McGlynn, McWilliams Electric Company.

·   $1,000 Travel Package that includes a $500 American Airlines gift card and a $500 Hotels.com gift card. Donated by Bloomington/Normal PHCC.

·   $750 Bass Pro gift card. Donated by Underground Contractors Association of Illinois.

·   $500 Amazon gift card. Donated by Illinois Plumbing Heating Cooling Contractors Association.

·   $500 Best Buy gift card. Donated by PCA of Greater Chicago.

·   $500 Cabela’s gift card. Donated by Electrical Contractors Association of Chicago.

·   $500 Top Golf gift card. Donated by SMACNA Greater Chicago.

·   $500 Cooper’s Hawk gift card. Donated by Associated Steel Erectors of Chicago and Bold New Strategies.


The winning tickets will be drawn at IMSCA’s Board and Membership meeting on September 16, 2022. The winners do not need to be present to win.

Pictured above is Bob Mooty, former NECA Education Instructor


"Advanced Estimating of Electrical Construction" 

(9/12/22 & 9/13/22)

As a REMINDER, the Electrical Contractors' Association of City of Chicago (ECA) Research and Education Committee seminar called, "Advanced Estimating of Electrical Construction" is being conducted by Bob Mooty, former NECA Education Instructor.

The program will be held on Monday & Tuesday, September 12 & 13, 2022 from 8:00 am - 4:00 pm. (both days) at the Drake Oak Brook Hotel, 2301 York Road, Oak Brook, IL 60523, (630) 571-0000.

Breakfast and lunch are to be provided.

Pictured above is DOB Commissioner, Matthew Beaudet


ECA Regular Membership Meeting

September 14, 2022

DOB Commissioner Guest Speaker

Please join us for our September Membership Meeting!


The evening event is scheduled as follows:


ECA Membership Meeting

Wednesday, September 14, 2022

Union League Club

65 W. Jackson

Chicago, IL

(312) 427-7800


Registration / Networking: 5:30 pm

Dinner: 6:00 pm

Business Session: 7:00 pm

Event Concludes: 8:00 pm

Complimentary Valet Parking / Validated Garage Parking

Club requires at least Business Casual Attire

(Business Casual includes: collared shirt, including turtleneck, slacks or skirt with blouse or sweater.

Dress denim is not considered Business Casual.)

The dinner program will feature industry updates, and a guest presentation from Matthew Beaudet, Commissioner, Chicago Department of Buildings (DOB). We look forward to seeing you, there!

Pictured above is Mark Federle,

Ph.D., P.E., CPC; Marquette University

"Preplanning Beyond the Basics" 

September 28, 2022

As a REMINDER, the Electrical Contractors' Association of City of Chicago (ECA) Research and Education Committee seminar called, "Preplanning - Beyond the Basics" is being conducted by Mark Federle, Ph.D., P.E., CPC; Marquette University. 

The program will be held on a NEW DATE! - Wednesday, September 28, 2022 from 8:00 am - 4:00 pm. at Gibsons Steakhouse, 2105 Spring Road, Oak Brook, IL 60523, (630) 954-0000.

Breakfast and lunch are to be provided. Breakfast is to be made available at 7:45 am.



2022 Safety Leadership Summit is Open For Registration!

November 14 - 16, 2022 in Louisville, KY


The NECA Safety Leadership Summit is a unique conference for expanding leadership skills to persons responsible for safety throughout the electrical industry, in addition to providing an avenue to create new safety leaders within an organization. Networking opportunities to interact with peers, other professionals, and executives are integral and key tenets to this Safety Leadership Summit.

Employee Assistance Program (EAP) Webinars & Member News
EAP solutions are available via on demand telephonic support and through video counseling, mobile app, work/life web portal and chat functionality.

ECA Members may log-in to the interactive work/life web portal for information on a variety of topics. Webinars are available at any time of day and our mobile app allows employees to access services such as counseling and work life resources right from the palm of their hand.




September 12 - 13, 2022

Advanced Estimating of Electrical Construction

Drake Oak Brook Hotel -- Oak Brook, IL



September 14, 2022

ECA Regular Membership Meeting

Union League Club of Chicago



September 21, 2022

ECA Chicago - NECAPAC PLC Golf Outing and Fundraiser

Cog Hill Golf Club, Lemont IL



September 28, 2022

Pre-Planning Beyond the Basics

Gibsons Steakhouse

Oak Brook, IL



October 12, 2022

ECA Regular Membership Meeting

Erie Cafe -- Chicago, IL



October 15 - 18, 2022

NECA Convention & Trade Show

Austin, TX



November 3, 2022

Managing Construction Delay Claims

Maggiano's Banquets -- Oak Brook, IL



November 9, 2022

ECA Regular Membership Meeting

Maggiano's Banquets

Chicago, IL



November 16, 2022

Transform Your Organization for the Future

Drake Oak Brook Hotel - Oak Brook, IL 



Saturday, December 17, 2022

Electrical Contractors' Association of Chicago Annual President's Party & Holiday Celebration

Offshore, Navy Pier Chicago