ECA Industry Update
On-line Portal -- IDOL Prevailing Wage for Contractors Update
Webinar - 8/17/2020 at 3:00 PM
Beginning September 1st, 2020 – all certified payrolls for public works projects in Illinois MUST be filed with the Illinois Department of Labor – No Exceptions. The Illinois Department of Labor will be holding a Webex training on how to use this upload option. It is highly recommended that the individual who files certified payrolls for your organization attends this meeting. Even if you took the first training in April, it is recommended that you attend this session. This webinar is primarily for contractors, as they will be filing certified payrolls with the department. 
NECA Convention & Trade Show -
October 5 - 8, 2020

Register now! The first 1500 registrants will receive a swag bag in the mail!
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.
Check out the new platform NECA is using to bring the convention trade show live to your laptop!

Attendees will be able to meet and chat with exhibitors and more right from your desktop, to keep you informed on new products and technology in the market.
ERS: Employee Assistance Program programs
Employee Resource Services is now a division of AllOne Health Company. These services are a benefit of your ECA membership. View the August newsletter, and resources for supervisors here.
NECA Government Affairs Webinar: August 26, 2020, 1pm CST
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.

NECAPAC Update on Contribution Submissions
Effective August 15, 2020, the National Electrical Contractors Association will be headquartered at: 
1201 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Suite 1200 
Washington, D.C. 20004 
Because NECA is moving, please make sure you are sending contributions to one of the locations in D.C. or submit online. NECAPAC encourages its contributors to utilize secure online donations to ensure safe delivery. If you have contributed online before, you should be able to log in using your previous credentials.
If you have not and would like to contribute securely online, contact Hadlea Bothe or call 240-800-5004 for help in creating an account. 
NECAPAC contributions can also be mailed to NECA’s Capitol Hill office: 412 First St. SE , Suite 110, Washington, D.C. 20003 
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. 
"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. 
"Managing Field Productivity" August 27, 2020 - CANCELED!
The Electrical Contractors' Association of City of Chicago (ECA) Research and Education Committee seminar called, "Managing Field Productivity" has been CANCELED! The session was scheduled for Thursday, August 27, 2020 at the Drake Oak Brook Hotel.
Again, this program has been canceled. An alternate session has not been planned for the remainder of 2020.
"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 upcoming Building Congress webinar - The Future of Work: Leveraging Technology for Safer Built Environments in the COVID-19 Era - 9/16/2020
While it remains to be seen what the ultimate impact of COVID-19 will be on Chicagoland’s commercial real estate market, it is undeniable that the pandemic has brought about rapid changes in the way we work.
With remote work far more prevalent than it was at the beginning of the year, encouraging a return to offices in urban centers like Chicago and bolstering the construction and real estate industries in the process depends on creating safe built environments for people to congregate and collaborate in person. Technology can play a vital role in this process, helping mitigate risk and allay concerns about the spread of COVID-19. Powering Chicago's expert panel will explain how technology can be deployed to power a safe return to the workplace in the weeks and months ahead. 
Joint Safety Forum - "Excavation Hazards in Construction" - 9/24/2020 
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."
"Excavation Hazards in Construction" is a FREE 4-hour safety training program designed to educate workers about the risks and liabilities associated with trench-related work. 
Safety Update
-- COVID-19 Resources-- 
OSHA provided an update to their COVID-19 resources as of July 6, 2020. 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. It is intended as a resource and is not comprehensive.  
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. Please click on the link below for a copy of the Raffle Ticket Order Form. 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.
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.
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October 21, 2020
Drake Oak Brook Hotel
Oak Brook, IL

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