ECA News & Events Update
Federal Appeals Court Halts COVID-19 Vaccine Rule for Large Businesses
On Friday, Nov. 12, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit continued its stay on the implementation of the OSHA Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) on vaccine mandates and testing pending a full review on the request for a permanent injunction. The decision is a major blow to the Biden Administration's efforts to impose the standard on employers of 100 or more employees. NECA will continue to monitor these developments. For the latest, visit the Coronavirus Resource Center.
IMSCA Update:
CDB COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing Requirements
Governor Pritzker issued Executive Orders earlier this fall outlining additional mitigations to address the COVID-19 pandemic. These Executive Orders contain COVID-19 vaccination and testing requirements for those working at certain state facilities. It has been determined these requirements also apply to contractors working on construction projects at these facilities. The Capital Development Board recently mailed letters and certifications to contractors and design professionals actively working on CDB projects where the COVID-19 vaccine and testing is required. 
Please click on the link for copies of the letters and certifications. 
Please be advised that COVID-19 vaccination/testing requirements apply to construction projects at the following state facilities: Dept. of Higher Education, Dept. of Human Services, Dept. of Juvenile Justice, Dept. of Corrections, and the Dept. of Veterans Affairs. CDB staff encourages contractors to work closely with your project manager for guidance on compliance with these requirements.
If you have additional questions regarding this information, please contact Jessica Newbold Hoselton, Executive Director, Illinois Mechanical & Specialty Contractors Association (IMSCA) at (217) 523.4361. She will help facilitate your questions to appropriate CDB staff. 
CSC Update (11/11/21)
Please click on the link below for the most recent update from the CSC.  
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

Powering Chicago to light up the
City of Chicago's 108th Annual Christmas Tree in live ceremony at Millennium Park, November 19th
Chicago’s “official” Christmas tree, the 108th Annual City of Chicago Christmas Tree in Millennium Park, will shine brightly near the intersection of Michigan Ave. and Washington St. from November 19 through January 9. All-virtual in 2020, this year’s Tree Lighting Ceremony presented by Powering Chicago with leadership support from the Millennium Park Foundation will be in-person on Friday, November 19 starting at 5:30pm (with the actual lighting at approximately 6:30pm). The 2021 event has been expanded and reimagined to provide more space and opportunities for guests to participate — including multiple viewing locations with screens and concessions across the Park and a main stage on the Great Lawn with the traditional Tree Lighting Ceremony followed by fireworks and a special concert from 6:35–7:45pm headlined by singer-songwriter Brian McKnight. DCASE is selecting this year’s Tree from previous nominations; those details will be announced in the coming weeks.

Tree Lighting Ceremony Schedule (subject to change):
  • 5:30–6pm: Preshow with DJ Selah Say
  • 6pm: Tree Lighting Ceremony featuring Mariachi Herencia de Mexico, the cast of Chicago Opera Theater performing an excerpt from “Becoming Santa Claus;” a youth dance ensemble from the Kenwood School of Ballet; and special guests Dreezy Claus and Sister Claus
  • 6:30pm: Fireworks
  • 6:35–7:45pm: Concert featuring DJ Selah Say; Cirque du Soleil performing an excerpt of ‘Twas the Night Before…;” Chicago Soul Spectacular performing a high-energy Soul Christmas medley; and singer-songwriter Brian McKnight
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.
NECA Government Affairs Update (11/5/21)
Please click on the link below for the most recent legislative update from NECA, This report concerns the Vaccine Mandate ETS Published by OSHA.
NECA 2021 Convention On-Demand
All NECA 2021 Nashville content is available for registrants to explore every second of education and entertainment! If you missed anything or want to go back for reference or access the PowerPoint slides, you can do so by:
2. Selecting "Full Schedule" on the top navigation bar
3. Then "On-Demand"
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