ECA News & Events Update
A Year-End Message from ECA,
IBEW Local 134 & Powering Chicago....
Pictured above is Alex Willis, Leadership Surge
ECA January Regular Membership Meeting (Virtual)
1/13/2021 at 1:00 pm
ECA is pleased to announce the launch of a "Diversity & Inclusive Training Program" designed to help Electrical Contractor’s foster a climate of inclusion, sensitivity, and respect in the workplace. Alex Willis, President of Leadership Surge, has designed a training program that will help business leaders create a culture of inclusiveness and respect within their company. Join us on January 13, 2021 at 1:00 PM, as ECA’s Diversity Committee, and Alex Willis, introduce this new training series for ECA members and their employees. 
NECA Legal Alert: Labor & Employment Issues Related to COVID-19 Vaccines
As the availability of the COVID-19 vaccines broadens, so will the workplace and safety issues related to the actual administration and usage of these measures by individual employees. NECA members are well-advised to develop internal protocols on how the use (and non-use) of the vaccines will he handled in the workplace. The Equal Employment Opportunity (EEOC) has put out guidance concerning civil rights laws such as Title VII and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) during the pandemic. Most recently, the EEOC updated this guidance—found here—to address discrimination laws as they relate to COVID-19 vaccinations. There are important provisions and concepts in this guidance, which are summarized HERE.
COVID Assistance Program Announced
As we are all well aware, 2020 has been a very trying year for everyone, contractors and employees alike. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Electrical Contractors' Association of City of Chicago (ECA) and Local #134 (#134) have worked together along with the Electrical Insurance Trustees (EIT) to provide relief to those employees that have needed it, in the way of relaxed eligibility rules and a temporary increase for the supplemental unemployment benefit fund (SUB).  Read More.....
Pictured above is Eileen Rochford, CEO,
The Harbinger Group
"How to Use LinkedIn for
Business Development and Marketing" (Webinar)
1/27/2021 at 1:00 pm
The Electrical Contractors' Association of City of Chicago (ECA) Research and Education Committee is pleased to announce a webinar called, "How to Use LinkedIn for Business Development and Marketing." The seminar is being conducted by Eileen Rochford, CEO, The Harbinger Group. The program will be a virtual event held on Wednesday, January 27, 2021 beginning at 1:00 pm.
ECA Members Recognized in CISCO's
2020 Top Construction Projects
Each year, the Construction Service Industry Corporation (CISCO) recognizes the top construction in the Chicago area with its Pride in Construction Awards. The awards for 2020 were recently announced, and a number of projects that Powering Chicago’s members contributed to were recognized. Congratulations to all of the electrical contractors listed below, each of which has demonstrated the better construction members of the unionized electrical industry deliver on every project. READ MORE.....

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POWERING CHICAGO is sponsoring and presenting at the Illinois Real Estate Journal's 19th Annual Commercial Real Estate Forecast Conference. This half day online conference will feature an economic forecast for 2021, and a look at our City's state of the market.
Executives from some of the largest and most prominent CRE companies take an in-depth look at the Chicago marketplace, covering the downtown and suburban markets and focusing on all property Sectors. They give a brief recap of the dominant storylines from 2020 while looking ahead at what to expect in 2021 and beyond.

January 7th, 2020 - FREE REGISTRATION
Electric Association CEAEF Scholarships Available
The Electric Association scholarship is awarded annually to a lineal descendant of an EA member, and is based on academic and personal achievements. Preference may be given to a student enrolling in a degree program that will lead to a career in the electrical industry. All ECA member firms are EA members.

Please click here for updated information:

Please visit the Electric Association website at for application information.
Mandatory Sexual Harassment Prevention Training Must Be Completed By the End of the Year!
As you are aware, Senate Bill 75, Public Act 101-0221 was signed into law by Governor Pritzker in August 2019. Under this Act, Illinois employers are required to train employees on sexual harassment prevention by December 31, 2020, and on an annual basis thereafter. Please click on the link below for more information.
Pictured above is Eileen Rochford, CEO,
The Harbinger Group
"Certified Transcript of Payroll" Webinar
Proper Implementation / IDOL Portal Ease of Use
Thursday, February 4, 2021
The Electrical Contractors' Association of City of Chicago (ECA) Research and Education Committee is pleased to announce a webinar called, "Certified Transcript of Payroll." The seminar is being conducted by Ron Ward and Robert Parrilli, Illinois Department of Labor. The program will be a virtual event held on Thursday, February 4, 2021 beginning at 1:00 pm. The session will detail how contractors can submit their prevailing wage information easily through the IDOL Certified Transcript of Payroll Portal. 
Registration information to follow soon.
NECA 2020 LIVE: On-Demand Content for Education and
General Sessions

Watch this video to learn how to access education, general sessions and more from NECA 2020 LIVE (Until December 31!).
2021 ECA
Meeting Calendar
Please click on the link below for the ECA 2021 Membership Meeting Schedule.
NECA Learning Center:
Upcoming Programs

NECA has also opened more Basic Estimating programs. Classes will run January 5-22 with morning and afternoon sessions.  Space is limited so act fast!

CSC / ASA Construction Expo. & Safety Conference (Virtual)
-March 2 - 3, 2021
The Construction Expo & Safety Conference, co-hosted by the Association of Subcontractors and Affiliates of Chicago (ASA Chicago) and the Construction Safety Council, is going VIRTUAL in 2021 (March 2 – 3)! While presented in a new format, these two days will serve construction industry professionals by providing valuable opportunities for business-to-business commerce, safety education, and professional networking. Register now as an Attendee or Exhibitor or Sponsor. Click here for details. 
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.

January 13, 2021
Alex Willis, Leadership Surge

"How to Use LinkedIn for Business Development and Marketing"
January 27, 2021
Eileen Rochford, CEO, The Harbinger Group

IDOL Certified Transcript of Payroll Portal
-- Proper Implementation / Ease of Use--
February 4, 2021
IDOL Webinar

February 10, 2021

March 17, 2021
ERS-EAP, Equifax, NECA Safety App, e-Safetyline