AUGUST 2020
Upcoming Events

We hope that you will be able to attend these events: 

August 27, 2020
"Managing Field Productivity" (Additional) Seminar
Drake Oak Brook Hotel,
Oak Brook, IL

August 27, 2020
"Strategic Planning Basics:
Where are We Now & Where
are We Headed?" (Webinar)
--MEP Webinar--

August 28 - 29, 2020
"Renewable Energy for Electrical Contractors"
Alsip, IL

September 9, 2020
ECA Regular
Membership Meeting
Kelly Richmond Pope,
"White Collar" Crime Issues
Mastro's Steakhouse - Chicago

September 16 - 17, 2020
"Advanced Estimating of Electrical Construction" Workshop
Drake Oak Brook Hotel,
Oak Brook, IL

September 24, 2020
Joint Safety Forum
"Excavation Hazards in Construction"
Local 701 IBEW Hall

October 5 - 8, 2020
NECA Live 2020
NECA's Virtual Convention & Tradeshow

Electrical Contractors' Association of City of Chicago


Chicago & Cook County Chapter, NECA

Phone:  (708) 531-0022
Fax:  (708) 531-0071

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ECA Education Schedule
--Remainder of 2020
As you are aware, the ECA Research and Education Committee has revised its Education Schedule for the remainder of 2020.  Please click on the link below for a listing of the remaining programs.  You can register for these sessions on the ECA website at:


ECA September Membership Meeting 

Please join us for  our September evening  Membership Meeting!
The program will feature industry updates, a nd guest  presentation / keynote address from  Kelly Richmond Pope, Ph.D., CPA on 
"White Collar" Crime,  Fraud & Internal Control Issues ."
The event is scheduled as follows:

Wednesday, September 9, 2020
Mastro's Steakhouse
520 N. Dearborn Street
Chicago, IL 60654
Complimentary Valet Parking Available

5:30 pm - Registration / Networking
6:00 pm - Dinner
7:00 pm - Business Session /  Keynote Address
8:30 pm - Event Concludes
The event is limited to 50 attendees. Please register ahead of time due to space availability. Mastro's will be in keeping with current safety measures. All guests will be required to wear a face mask upon entering the restaurant.  

Pictured above is Kelly Richmond Pope, Ph.D., CPA


"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. Please click on the link below for webinar information. The Registration link is also below.



"Renewable Energy for Electrical Contractors" 
--IBEW REF Program - August 28 -29, 2020 

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.   
The "Renewable Energy for Electrical Contractors" training is scheduled as follows:
Friday, August 28, 2020 and Saturday, August 29, 2020.
Each session will begin at 8:00am and will conclude at 2:00 pm.
Both sessions are six hours in duration. Breaks / lunches are included.
IBEW - NECA Technical Institute (INTECH)
6201 W. 115 th  Street
Alsip, Illinois 60803
(708) 389-1340
The program will be presented by Harry Ohde, Executive Director, Illinois IBEW Renewable Energy Fund and Robert Hattier, Master Trainer, Illinois IBEW Renewable Energy Fund.
Please visit the Electrical Contractors' Association of City of Chicago (ECA) website at:  -- Use Comp Code SOLAR when registering. If any questions, please contact the ECA at: (708) 531-0022.
INTECH will be following all current COVID-19 safety precautions. All attendees are required to wear a face mask upon entering the school.

City of Chicago Disparity Study

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. We invite you to participate in the study through an online small group interview of business owners. These important sessions will provide an opportunity to relate your experiences with doing business with the City as a prime or subcontractor on City construction projects, or your attempts to do so, and any barriers that you have encountered. Your insights and experiences will help identify potential improvements in our M/WBE construction program and encourage increased collaboration while promoting economic growth for all segments of our community. 
Meetings will be held:  August 6 through August 12, 2020. Please click here to register for an online meeting. You will be taken to a three-question survey to allow us to direct you to the appropriate meeting. All persons requiring special accommodations, including language assistance, should directly contact Colette Holt & Associates, the firm facilitating the sessions, no later than one week prior to the selected session.
For questions and general information about the Disparity Study, visit the study website or contact Colette Holt & Associates at or (855) 692-3529, or the Department of Procurement Services at (312) 744-9757. 
ECA 2020 Convention &Trade Show - 
VIRTUAL Event  - October 5 - 8, 2020
The National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) announced the 2020 Convention and Trade Show will take place entirely online October 5 - 8, 2020 featuring brand-new virtual experiences. This virtual event will maintain its traditional dynamic speakers and educational opportunities, but has been adjusted to meet the evolving requirements demanded by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Convention Stipend
The ECA Executive Committee approved a stipend for the virtual Convention. The ECA will cover the cost of Registration for NECA 2020 Live ($200 per individual) for up to ten individuals per ECA member firm. Please register for NECA 2020 Live through the ECA website.  Again, the cost of the virtual Convention will be covered by the Association. However, the ECA will invoice your firm for any registrants above the initial ten. Registration will begin August 3, 2020. We hope that you take advantage of this educational opportunity!
Please register for NECA 2020 Live through the link below from the ECA website.
  • Once you've clicked the link below, download the Spreadsheet.
  • Please fill out the Registration spreadsheet. You can add multiple attendees.
  • Each section must be filled in. Most of the sections are drop-down for ease of use.
  • If you do not know the registrant's NECA Individual ID Number, the Chapter will include.
  • Please e-mail the completed spreadsheet to:, as soon as possible!
  • The Chapter will forward your registrations to NECA.
Visit or to stay in the know on all NECA 2020 Live updates!  Registration opens on August 3rd!
We are proud that NECA 2020 LIVE, is sponsored by Powering Chicago, which promotes the IBEW 134 and NECA Chicago workforce as the only choice for electrical construction.

National Electrical Industry Standards 
(NEIS) Updates

NECA Publishes Two NEIS Standards Revisions
NECA 331-2020, Standard for Installing Building and Service Entrance Grounding and Bonding, describes installation procedures for building and service entrance grounding, as well as building interior and exterior bonding and grounding.
NECA 402-2020, Standard for Installing and Maintaining Motor Control Centers ,  describes installation procedures for building and service entrance grounding, as well as building interior and exterior bonding and grounding.
Open Ballots 
NECA 412-2020, Standard for Installing and Maintaining Photovoltaic (PV) Power Systems
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Safety Update
--CSC August Schedule
For a listing of coursework available through the Construction Safety Council (CSC) for the month of August, please click on the link:


NECA COVID-19 Construction Site 
Safety Training
--On Demand Program
The safety of all individuals on NECA member projects is of paramount importance. To help individuals better prepare themselves to prevent the spread of COVID-19, NECA has developed the NECA COVID-19 Construction Site Safety Training program. 
This on-demand online program is available to all NECA members for free, and to non-members for a modest fee, as part of the Great American Economic Revival Industry Group for Construction/Labor/Workforce guidance to provide a step by step plan to get American workers back on the job. 
This course is divided into six modules that will address:
  • Background on Coronavirus
  • Controlling the Spread
  • Owner and General/Electrical Contractor Responsibilities
  • Personal Protective Equipment and Other Protective Measures
  • Construction Site Operational Safety Standards and COVID-19 Protocols
  • State and/or Local Orders and Guidelines
Following completion of the course, participants will complete a short quiz and program survey and obtain a certificate of completion. 
Please contact with any questions.


Safety Forum
--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."
"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. Participants will learn to identify potential hazards and avoid unsafe conditions when operating in and near an excavation site. The session is to be conducted by Construction Safety Council instructor(s).
Training topics include:
·      OSHA trenching and excavation safety standards 
    (29 CFR 1926 Subpart P)
·      Definition and responsibilities of a Competent Person
·      Material and equipment inspections
·      Installation and removal of shoring systems
·      Soil testing in the field
The program is scheduled as follows:
Thursday, September 24, 2020
7:30 am - 11:30 am
IBEW Local 701 Hall
Main Auditorium
28600 Bella Vista Parkway - Suite 1000
Warrenville, IL 60555
The program is complimentary for Chicago & Cook County Chapter, NECA members and Northeastern Illinois Chapter, NECA members.
To register, you need to use the Comp Code: 
NECA MEMBER (NECA MEMBER is all uppercase).
We do hope that you will be able to attend the Safety Forum!
You can register on-line at the ECA website at: .

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