ECA News & Events Update
17 Apprentices - Available, NOW!
The IBEW-NECA Technical Institute (INTECH) has informed the ECA that 17 apprentices are now available for work!
INTECH encourages you to send in your requests for these Apprentices, as soon as possible!
Again, please contact INTECH at (708) 389-1340 to request Apprentices. 
Powering Chicago Helps Kick Off the Holiday Season!
Chicago’s holiday season officially kicked off Friday night with the lighting of the city’s official Christmas tree, in Millennium Park. Thousands gathered in the park for the Christmas tree lighting ceremony presented by Powering Chicago.

The festivities included a pre-show hosted by DJ Selah Say, with additional entertainment provided by Mariachi Herencia de Mexico, the cast of Chicago Opera Theater’s production of “Becoming Santa Claus,” a youth dance ensemble from the Kenwood School of Ballet, and special guests Dreezy Claus and Sister Claus. The tree lighting also featured fireworks and a concert featuring Grammy Award-nominated Singer Brian McKnight.

Powering Chicago's Executive Director, Elbert Walters III, was one of the event presenters and helped countdown the tree lighting with Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot and the Event's MC's. The first in person ceremony since pre-covid was a great way to kick off this year's holiday season!
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Training for ECA Contractors
Webinar #3 - November 30th @ 1:oopm on Zoom
Session 3 Topic: Overcoming Judgement

Tuesday, November 30th will be the third of four quarterly webinars as part of ECA's year long training initiative on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. This session will focus on "Overcoming Judgement".

An important element of diversity is “open awareness”. Open awareness refers to a quality of consciousness that is not evaluative or actively shaped by pre-existing ideas or intentions, but is fully receptive to allowing the experience to simply occur “as it is”. In this workshop, open awareness is introduced by addressing the evaluative nature of the mind. While open awareness involves non-judgment, most of our daily awareness is clouded by countless judgments and evaluations. By becoming aware of these judgments, an important obstacle of open awareness is removed. In this workshop, participants experience the judgmental nature of their minds and learn about the problematic aspects of judgments.

ECA Accredited Members and their employees are welcome to participate in this free program. If you missed any of the previous webinars, you can watch them at any time online here. You will also find the Diversity Toolbox Talks and Training Activities for your teams to do in house on this webpage.
Contract Language Concerning Work Performed on Christmas Day 2021 and New Year's Day 2022.
Christmas Day 2021 and New Year's Day 2022 both fall on a Saturday. Listed below for your review is the contract language from the “A,” “C,” and “R” agreements concerning pay if an electrician works on a holiday. Work performed on a holiday is paid at double the straight time of pay. To clarify, if work is performed on Friday, December 24, 2021 and/or Friday, December 31, 2021, the regular straight time of pay is required, as these are not holidays. More Information here...
ECA President's Party & Holiday Celebration
Saturday, December 11, 2021
The Godfrey Hotel Chicago, IO Godfrey Rooftop Lounge
Enjoy the I|O Godfrey, Chicago’s largest and only year-round rooftop lounge, decorated as a magical winter wonderland this holiday season. Dance the night away to a Chicago home town favorite "Maggie Speaks", and a surprise special guest appearance
you won't want to miss!

The Hotel block is now closed, but party reservations still accepted until December 9th. Please rsvp to [email protected]
Chicago Building Congress 2022 Merit Awards
Enter Your Construction Project!

The Chicago Building Congress Merit Awards Committee invites CBC members and non-members to submit entries for the CBC's 2022 Merit Awards competition. This program recognizes the most outstanding construction projects from the past three years in the Chicagoland area and surrounding counties. Learn more...
CSC Update (11/11/21)
Please click on the link below for the most recent update from the CSC.  
NECA Government Affairs Update (11/19/21)
Please click on the link below for the most recent legislative update from NECA. The update includes information regarding the recently signed Infrastructure Bill.
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.

CISCO Annual Scholarships Available
CISCO has begun to accept applications for its long-standing Annual Scholarship Awards Program. The applications for these different categories can be found on CISCO’s website/homepage at The three scholarship program categories are: 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.
The deadline to submit the applications is Friday, February 18, 2022. Interested students may email the completed applications, or send in the mail. For more information, call CISCO at (630) 472-9411.
COVID-19 Resources for ECA members:
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.

November 30, 2021
Zoom Webinar #3

December 11, 2021
The Godfrey Hotel, Chicago