ECA Industry Update
The Post-COVID-19 Workplace: Safety and Productivity in a New Normal
On Thursday, August 6 at 12:00 pm CT, Powering Chicago Executive Director John Donahue will join other experts from the Chicago area for a Crain’s Chicago Business webcast to discuss the answers to these questions and share advice for business leaders making decisions for their own company’s return to work and the future.

Mayor Lightfoot announces Department of Buildings Commissioner and First Deputy Commissioner appointments
Mr. Matthew Beaudet becomes Chicago’s first-ever Native American to serve as a City Commissioner; Ms. Marlene Hopkins named Buildings’ First Deputy Commissioner. Mr. Beaudet will need to be formally confirmed by the City Council. Please review the City' s recent press release for more information.
NECA Headquarters: Change of Address
Effective August 15, 2020, the National Electrical Contractors Association will be headquartered at: 
1201 Pennsylvania Ave. NW 
12th Floor 
Washington, D.C. 20004 
NECA Government Affairs Update Webinar - 8/12/2020 2 PM (EST)
NECA’s government affairs team will provide an update on the latest happenings on Capitol Hill, including progress on Phase IV coronavirus relief legislation and its impact on our contractors. You will also receive an update on NECAPAC’s involvement in the 2020 elections and get a preview of NECAPAC and government affairs activities at the upcoming virtual convention.
City of Chicago Disparity Study
-- Assistance Requested -- 
The City of Chicago is conducting a Disparity Study of its construction program for Minority-and Women-­owned Business Enterprises ("M/WBEs"). The City is conducting this research to ensure that M/WBEs have equal access to construction contracting opportunities and that the City's current construction program remains legally defensible and administratively successful. 

Chicago’s Procurement Services Department to host online Workshop about Construction Contracting on August 27th
This is a Construction-focused workshop that provides an overview of the bidding process and highlights programs related to construction opportunities. This includes the Small Business Initiative (SBI), Mid-size Business Initiative (MBI), Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO), Apprentice Utilization Bid Preference, and many more.

Virtual workshop will be from 2 to 3 p.m. 
Employee Resource Services Upcoming Webinars
August 6th: Unconscious Bias
August 12th: Self Care
August 26th: Self Reflection & Awareness
Employee Resource Services is now a division of AllOne Health Company. These services are a benefit of your ECA membership.

OSHA Access to Employee Medical Records Revision
The U.S. Department of Labor and OSHA revised the Rules of Agency Practice and Procedure Concerning Occupational Safety and Health Administration Access to Employee Medical Records. The rule describes internal procedures that OSHA personnel must follow when obtaining and using personally-identifiable employee medical information. Read more at
"Strategic Planning Basics: Where are We Now & Where are We Headed?" - MEP Program
August 27, 2020
The ECA in conjunction with a number of industry area trade associations, is pleased to present a webinar called, "Strategic Planning Basics: Where are We Now & Where are We Headed?" The session is scheduled for Thursday, August 27, 2020 at 10:00 am - 11:30 am. 
"Renewable Energy for Electrical Contractors" Training Program -
Friday, August 28, 2020 and Saturday, August 29, 2020 at
The Illinois IBEW Renewable Energy Fund (IBEW REF), which has received funding for renewable energy training throughout Illinois, is pleased to present a complimentary two-day training program regarding work in the solar industry in Illinois. The coursework has been developed to inform the union electrical contractor to become an effective union solar contractor.   
Stand-Down to Save Lives -
2020 National Safety Stand-Down September 14-18, 2020  
Fatalities caused by falls from elevation continue to be a leading cause of death for construction employees, accounting for 320 of the 1,008 construction fatalities recorded in 2018 (BLS data). Those deaths were preventable. The National Safety Stand-Down raises fall hazard awareness across the country in an effort to stop fall fatalities and injuries..  
OSHA’s Stand-Down webpage offers information on conducting a successful event, and educational resources. Employers are encouraged to provide feedback after their events, and to obtain a personalized certificate of participation.
To learn how you can participate in the Stand-Down, visit  
POWERING CHICAGO to be featured in Chicago Building Congress webinar - The Future of Work: Leveraging Technology for Safer Built Environments in the COVID-19 Era - 9/16/2020
Joint Safety Forum - "Excavation Hazards in Construction" September 24, 2020
The Electrical Contractors’ Association of City of Chicago (ECA) / Chicago & Cook County Chapter, NECA and the Northeastern Illinois Chapter, NECA are proud to present the next Safety Forum featuring the seminar, "Excavation Hazards in Construction." This is a FREE 4-hour safety training program designed to educate workers about the risks and liabilities associated with trench-related work. 
NECA Legal Alert
As the country and our NECA contractors get back to work in stops and starts (or continue along as essential), there are a number of novel issues that need to be addressed by employers. A few areas of concern are the sick leave and testing issues associated with the pandemic.
2023 NEC Edition Open for Input /
NEIS Updates Available
Please click on the link below for various updates from NECA regarding the National Electrical Code (NEC) and National Electrical Industry Standards (NEIS) publications, among other areas.
Safety Update
-- COVID-19 Resources-- 
The link below is for a PDF file that digests the information that has been shared over the last several weeks about the resources on OSHA’s webpage, and those of several other agencies and organizations. It is a list of general COVID-19 resources grouped by agency, a section with resources on reopening workplaces, and additional industry-specific COVID-19 resources grouped by industry. To help navigate the growing list a table of contents is included. 
IMSCA's Summer 2020 Issue of SubStance Magazine
Below is a link to the Summer 2020 Issue of SubStance Magazine brought to you by the Illinois Mechanical & Specialty Contractors Association (IMSCA).  
In this issue you will find a message from Giuseppe Muzzupappa, IMSCA President, and a global history lesson on pandemics provided by IMSCA's General Counsel, Jim Rohlfing. Also included in this issue is an article on the responsibilities and duties of a Pension Fund Trustee. We hope you find this issue useful and informative.  
IMSCA PAC Raffle Drawing -
September 11, 2020
Tickets Now Available!
IMSCA is excited to announce the IMSCA-PAC 2020 fundraiser has resumed! The winning tickets will now be drawn at IMSCA’s Board and Membership meeting on September 11, 2020. THANKS to the generosity of our IMSCA members for prize donations, SEVEN RAFFLE WINNERS will be drawn this year! Tickets are $50 each. The winners do not need to be present to win.  If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Jessica Newbold Hoselton, Executive Director, Illinois Mechanical & Specialty Contractors Association (IMSCA) at: (217) 523-4361.
NECA 2020 LIVE! Check out the live broadcasts on Facebook and LinkedIn each Monday to learn more about NECA's first ever virtual convention. 
You can view the events each Monday at 1pm, by searching @NECANET on Facebook or LinkedIn.
If you miss them, you can find the link's to the videos on Linkedin here on our website
NECA Convention & Trade Show -
October 5 - 8, 2020
Registration is Now Open!

The National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) announced the 2020 Convention and Trade Show will take place entirely online October 5 – 8, featuring brand-new virtual experiences.
The ECA will cover the cost of convention registration for NECA 2020 Live ($200 per individual) for up to ten individuals per ECA member firm.
CORONAVIRUS Updates Page on ECA Website
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.

Save the Dates
Arranged For August 27, 2020
(Registration is now Open!)
Drake Oak Brook Hotel
Oak Brook, IL

September 16 & 17, 2020
(A few spots are open!)
Drake Oak Brook Hotel
Oak Brook, IL

October 21, 2020
Drake Oak Brook Hotel
Oak Brook, IL

November 18, 2020
Drake Oak Brook Hotel
Oak Brook, IL