ECA News & Events Update
Powering Chicago debuts at the Chicago Auto Show!
Last weekend, Powering Chicago made it's debut at the Chicago Auto Show as the premiere sponsor of the first ever EV test drive track! Our new Mobile Field trip truck is on display, and we used the event to launch our new "EV Guide to Charging Infrastructure: E-Book. Check it out at:

This new EV E-Book and accompanying marketing campaign aims to educate property and facility managers, business owners, and community leaders on the benefits and considerations for EV Charging Infrastructure, and why are Powering Chicago Contractors are the #1 source for their project.

The Chicago Auto Show has brought many media opportunities to Powering Chicago, to highlight our members.

As of Tuesday, February 15th, we had already received air time on WGN, WBBM, WLS-ABC 7, and CBS resulting in over 10 Million viewers.

The Auto Show runs through Monday, February 21st at McCormick Place South in Chicago. Visit our Social media pages for photos and updates from the Auto Show!
Deadline Approaching:
NECA Recognition of Safety Achievement Program
NECA’s Recognition of Safety Achievement program is an elite safety recognition focused on recognizing thriving companies that excel in multiple areas of their safety and health programs. Member companies that consistently have OSHA recordable injury and fatality rates at levels lower than the industry standard, and implement internal company safety practices above and beyond basic compliance will receive the recognition.
NECA's Safety Recognition program includes two categories:
  • The Zero-Injury recognizes those member-companies that have worked a full calendar year without recordable incidents. 
  • The Safety Excellence is the associations premier recognition program, and acknowledges member-contractors safety performance.
When registering contractors will automatically be entered into two Safety Recognition Programs; Zero Injury and Safety Excellence. Winners are selected based on their comparison to BLS data and electrical contractors.
The application deadline is March 1, 2022. 
If you have any questions please feel free to contact Wes Wheeler at 202-991-6284 or at [email protected].
Pictured is Josh Bone,
ELECTRI International Executive Director
Pictured is Jessica Cardenas,
NECA Executive Director,
Development and Engagement
ECA March Membership Meeting
Please join us for the ECA Regular Membership Meeting.
The luncheon program will feature industry updates, and guest presentations from Josh Bone, ELECTRI International Executive Director, and Jessica Cardenas, NECA Executive Director, Development and Engagement.

The event is scheduled as follows:
ECA Membership Meeting
Wednesday, March 9, 2022
Maggiano's Banquets
240 Oakbrook Center
Oak Brook, IL
(630) 368-0300
Registration / Networking: 12:00 pm
Lunch: 12:30 pm
Business Session / Presentation: 1:15 pm
Event Concludes: 2:00 pm

We hope that you will be able to attend and learn more about ELECTRI's recent and upcoming research and how the foundation is a resource for the industry. We look forward to seeing you, there!
Join the ELECTRI Innovation Summit in Paris, France!
April 4 - 9, 2022

This extraordinary ELECTRI International event, hosted by Schneider Electric, is open to all NECA Contractors. This opportunity takes place on April 4-9, 2022 and will help introduce you to some amazing innovations that will definitely help you design your company’s future!

Contractors who join this ELECTRI adventure will have many opportunities to…

  • Meet with European contractors and manufacturers who belong to Gimelec, an organization similar to ELECTRI
  • Tour Schneider’s cutting-edge Innovation Hub and a current Schneider project site
  • Focus on innovation, project life cycle, and the learn how European contractors design and construct projects
  • Interact with local leaders and electrical contractors
  • See innovation at work by touring Grenoble & Montbonnot EcoStruxure Power Innovation Lab Electropole
  • Visit a French EC’s high-tech job site.
  • Take your choice of afternoon sightseeing trips

Experience our Welcome Reception/Dinner Cruise on the Seine River…and even more… Summit registration is now open, but space is limited. Here’s the link to information on the Innovation Summit agenda, travel protocols, and trip costs/details. For other specific questions, contact Laura Holmes, ELECTRI Director of Operations, at [email protected]
ELECTRI Needs Your Help! - Document Crunch Research -

ELECTRI needs your input on some exciting upcoming projects!

Send ELECTRI your contracts for Document Crunch Research
ELECTRI is partnering with Document Crunch on upcoming research to determine what constitutes fair and unfair contract language for our contractors to use as a template in the future. They are in the initial phase of gathering contracts from sheet metal, mechanical, and electrical contractors. Please send any contracts you are willing to share to [email protected] to be included in this research. Contracts will remain anonymous through this process.

Join a Task Force
At the ELECTRI January Council meeting, the Council voted to fund the following research projects:

  • Pre-Development of an Electrical Contracting Industry Career Mapping Tool
  • Determine the Impact of Support and Culture on a Contractor’s Bottom Line
  • CMMC and Cybersecurity Education
  • Growing Trade Partner Use of Lean Construction Methods

Now, ELECTRI needs Council members to volunteer to join a task force for these research projects to review deliverables of reports and participate in conference calls with the task force and the researcher to ensure the research is on track.

If you are interested, or someone in your company is interested, please fill out this survey to select which project you would like to be a part of!
"Share Your Experience" --
Survey on Preventing Struck-by Incidents in Construction
Struck-by incidents are a leading cause of injury and death in the construction industry. To add to our understanding of factors that contribute to these incidents and ways to prevent them, The Center for Construction Research and Training organization is conducting a brief online survey of industry stakeholders on behalf of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health’s (NIOSH) National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA) Work Group on Preventing Struck-By Injuries. The results of this survey will be used to inform the development of new resources and strategies to reduce struck-by hazards and protect workers.
This brief survey should take no more than 15 minutes to complete and your participation is completely voluntary and all responses will be anonymous. No names or personal identifiers will be collected as part of this survey, and results will only be used as group data.
The survey is collecting responses through Friday, Feb. 18. At the completion of the survey, those interested in helping with the development, review, or testing of resources or strategies will have the option of voluntarily providing their contact information in a form completely separate from the survey. NECA asks you participate in this survey to help carry out this important initiative to protect construction workers and prevent struck-by injuries and fatalities. Please note: if you receive a request to take this survey from more than one organization, you only need to complete it once. If you have any questions about the survey, please contact Jessica Bunting at [email protected]
Town Hall Meeting featuring NECA Leadership
David Long, CEO, NECA
Lt. Gen. Ronald Bailey, Director of Industry Development, NECA
March 2, 2022 - Harry Caray's Steakhouse Lombard
David Long, Chief Executive Officer
National Electrical Contractors Association
Washington, DC
Ronald Bailey, Vice President,
Industry Development, NECA
Washington, D.C.
The Young Professionals of ECA Chicago are very pleased to welcome NECA's Leadership to talk about the future of electrical contracting, and what the next generation of owners, executives, and leaders need to be successful in the coming decade. 
Members will have the opportunity to ask questions and have an open dialogue in this Town Hall style meeting.

March 2nd, 2022 @ Harry Caray's Steakhouse (Lombard)
5:00p.m. - Networking 
6:00pm - Town Hall Meeting
7:30p.m. - Event Conclusion
* Beverages and heavy hors d'oeuvres will be provided.
ECA Chicago is offering a reimbursement stipend for 2 employees (and their spouse/guest) per Member Company, for the Registration Fee for this Conference.
Join fellow members from ECA Chicago at the 2022 Women in NECA / Future Leaders national conference in Tampa!
Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay,
March 13-16, 2022

Register for one single event! The newly combined conference features three full days of education and breakout sessions including featured speakers, group discussions and networking opportunities for both groups. Sessions will cover the topics: leadership, company culture, work-life balance, and hybrid workplaces.

(Plan arrival on Sunday, March 13th. Programs March 14-16, 2022)

Legislative Update - 2/17/22
HB 5412 (Leader Marcus Evans, Jr.) -
Status Update: As a reminder, this legislation amends the Wage Payment & Collection Act and seeks to hold general contractors and subcontractors liable for wage claims at any tier on a private construction project. IMSCA opposes this legislation.

Amendment 1 emerged last week and as expected, HB 5412 as amended was approved by the House Labor & Commerce Committee yesterday. It is important to note, the sponsor of the legislation, Leader Marcus Evans, Jr. made a commitment to continue working on the bill with stakeholders and to return the bill to committee with an additional amendment.

Leader Evans’ commitment to return to committee provides IMSCA with an opportunity to continue working on this bill. IMSCA is currently working on developing language that more clearly provides an exemption for signatories of collective bargaining agreements than what is included in HB 5412 as amended. From the proponents point of view, the amendment adopted yesterday was their effort to compromise with the opponents by creating an exemption for union contractors. Based on thorough review of the amendment, the adopted amendment doesn’t provide much protection for contractors and more work needs to be done.

IMSCA will continue to update as negotiations on this important issue continue to unfold. If any questions, please contact Jessica Newbold Hoselton, Executive Director, Illinois Mechanical & Specialty Contractors Association (IMSCA) at (217) 523-4361.
IMSCA Legislative Update /
IMSCA Legislative Reception - March 22, 2022
IMSCA’s next Board and Membership Meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 22nd from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. at the Sangamo Club in Springfield, IL. Our board and membership meeting will be held the same day prior to IMSCA’s 2022 Legislative Reception from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. at the Sangamo Club. This event will be co-hosted with the Illinois Construction Industry Committee. All IMSCA members are encouraged to attend this important event to discuss issues important to the Illinois construction industry with your legislators. Please click on the link for the 2022 Legislative Reception registration form. Please return the registration form by email to [email protected].
The deadline to register for the reception is Friday, March 11, 2022. All Legislative Reception attendees are invited and welcome to attend IMSCA’s Board and Membership meeting earlier in the day.
Legislative Update - 2/18/22
Please click on the link for updates on HB 5412 (wage theft) and IMSCA’s legislative initiative, SB 178 (public construction retainage). Also included in this report is an overview of legislation debated by the Illinois General Assembly last week. 

The upcoming ECA Research and Education Programs described below are "in-person" seminars.
Pictured above is Dave O'Brien -
Mosley, Pfundt & Glick, Inc.
"Understanding Construction Accounting"
Thursday, March 3, 2022
8:00 am - 12:00 pm
The Electrical Contractors' Association of City of Chicago (ECA) Research and Education Committee is pleased to announce a seminar called, "Prefabrication and Preplanning Construction. "The seminar is being presented by Mosley, Pfundt & Glick, Inc. - Dave O'Brien. The program will be held on Thursday, March 3, 2022 (NEW DATE!!!) from 8:00 am - 12:00 pm. at Maggiano's Banquets, 240 Oakbrook Ctr., Oak Brook, IL 60523,(630) 368-0300. Breakfast is to be provided.
Pictured above is Stephane McShane -
Maxim Consulting Group.
"Supply Chain Management"
Tuesday, April 12, 2022
8:00 am - 12:00 pm
The Electrical Contractors' Association of City of Chicago (ECA) Research and Education Committee is pleased to announce a seminar called, "Supply Chain Management." The seminar is being presented by Stephane McShane - Maxim Consulting Group. The program will be held on Tuesday, April 12, 2022 from 8:00 am - 12:00 pm. at the Drake Oak Brook Hotel, 2301 York Road, Oak Brook, IL 60523,(630) 571-0000. Breakfast is to be provided.
Pictured above is Dr. Awad Hanna -
University of Wisconsin-Madison.
"Project Scheduling"
Thursday, May 12, 2022
8:00 am - 3:00 pm
The Electrical Contractors' Association of City of Chicago (ECA) Research and Education Committee is pleased to announce a seminar called, "Project Scheduling." The seminar is being presented by Dr. Awad Hanna - University of Wisconsin-Madison. The program will be held on Thursday, May 12, 2022 from 8:00 am - 3:00 pm. at Maggiano's Banquets, 240 Oakbrook Ctr., Oak Brook, IL 60523,(630) 368-0300. Breakfast and lunch are to be provided.
Pictured above is Robert Mooty -
former NECA Education Instructor.
"Advanced Estimating of Electrical Construction"
Monday, May 23, 2022 - Tuesday, May 24, 2022
8:00 am - 4:00 pm (Both days)
The Electrical Contractors' Association of City of Chicago (ECA) Research and Education Committee is pleased to announce a workshop called, "Advanced Estimating of Electrical Construction." The seminar is being presented by Robert Mooty, former NECA Education Instructor. The program will be held on Monday, May 23, 2022 - Tuesday, May 24, 2022 from 8:00 am - 4:00 pm. (both days) at the Drake Oak Brook Hotel, Oak Brook, IL 60523, (630) 571-0000. Breakfast and lunch are to be provided.
NECA Government Affairs Update
Please click on the link below for information concerning NECA's Government Affairs prior legislative updates.
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.

CSC / ASA Construction Expo & Safety Conference - March 7 - 8, 2022
Please click on the link below for registration discount information for the Construction Safety Council (CSC) - Association of Subcontractors and Affiliates (ASA) 2022 Construction Expo & Safety Conference being held on March 7 - 8, 2022 in Oakbrook, Terrace, IL.

Stipend Available:
The ECA Executive Committee approved the educational stipends of the Registration fees for up to two representatives of participating ECA member firms for the CSC / ASA Construction Expo. and Safety Conference on March 7 – 8, 2022.
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.

Wednesday, March 2, 2022
Harry Caray's Steakhouse
Lombard, IL

Thursday, March 3, 2022 -- NEW DATE!!!
Maggiano's Banquets
Oak Brook, IL

March 7 - 8, 2022
Drury Lane Conference Center
Oakbrook Terrace, IL

Maggiano's Banquets
Oak Brook, IL
March 11, 2022
Maggiano's Little Italy
Schaumburg, IL

March 11, 2022
Paddy's Day Luncheon
Chicago Hilton & Towers
Chicago, IL

March 13 - 16, 2022
Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay
Tampa, FL

March 22, 2022
Sangamo Club
Springfield, IL

March 28 - 31, 2022
Oriental Hotel
Washington, D.C.

April 4 - 9, 2022
Hotel Pullman Eiffel Tower
Paris, France

April 12, 2022
Drake Oak Brook Hotel
Oak Brook, IL

April 20, 2022
Truluck's Restaurant
Rosemont, IL

May 11, 2022
Mastro's Steakhouse Chicago, IL

May 12, 2022
Maggiano's Banquets
Oak Brook, IL