ECA Chicago

                         DECEMBER 2019
Upcoming Events

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

December 11, 2019
ECA Holiday Celebration
The Wit Hotel
Chicago, IL

December 18, 2019
ECA Young Professionals
Holiday Happy Hour 
Five Roses Pub
Rosemont, IL

January 9, 2020
ECA Regular Membership Meeting
Drury Lane Conference Center
Oakbrook Terrace, IL

January 9 - 10, 2020
Electric Association Conference
Drury Lane Conference Center
Oakbrook Terrace, IL

February 6 - 7, 2020
Young Professionals of ECA: 2020 Leadership Conference
Westin Hotel
Itasca, IL

Electrical Contractors' Association of City of Chicago


Chicago & Cook County Chapter, NECA

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

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November Membership Meeting
--NECA 1025 Presentation 
The Electrical Contractors' Association of City of Chicago (ECA) held its November Membership Meeting on Wednesday, November 13, 2019 at the Erie Cafe in Chicago, Illinois.  The session featured Mr. David Ward, NECA Midwest Field Representative with a discussion regarding the NECA 1025 Initiative.

Pictured above is David Ward, NECA Midwest Field Representative,
as he began his presentation.

ECA Student Committee
The ECA Student Committee works to educate students of the many opportunities in the electrical construction industry.  The Committee oversees the activities of the NECA IIT Student Chapter.  The most recent Student Chapter meeting was held on Thursday, November 7, 2019 at the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT).

Pictured above from left to right are:
Dr. Dan Tomal, IIT Facilitator and
Nate Kolmoden, Product Manager, IDEAL Industries.

"Next Level:  Are You a Project Manager or a Project Witness?" Seminar 
The ECA Research and Education Committee sponsored a seminar called, "Next Level: Are You a Project Manager or a Project Witness?," which was held on November 20, 2019 at the Drake Oak Brook Hotel, Oak Brook, Illinois.   This follow-up to the October program called, "Next Level:  Are You a Project Manager or a Project Witness?" was well attended.  

Pictured above is 
Norb Slowikowski, Slowikowski & Associates, Inc., 
as he began the program.

Young Professionals of ECA:  2020 Leadership Conference / Holiday Happy Hour 
Holiday Happy Hour
The ECA Young Professionals Holiday Happy Hour is scheduled for December 18, 2019.  The Happy Hours are designed to give young professionals a chance to meet with peers in the industry, in a social, relaxed environment. There is no cost to attend, and you do not have to pre-register. Just stop by and celebrate the season with industry friends!

Five Roses Pub is located in the Rosemont Entertainment District: 5509 Park Place, Rosemont, IL 60018.  Parking validation is offered at the restaurant.
Contact Carrie Spaeth at ECA with questions at: 

Young Professionals Conference
The Young Professionals Conference will be held on February 6 - 7, 2020 at the Westin in Itasca, Illinois.  This year's conference will focus on the theme: "Setting the  P.A.C.E.  of our Future".


Life's busy schedules often keep us from reaching our fullest potential.  This year's conference will guide attendees to develop an action plan to take charge of a demanding schedule, and become more productive, efficient individuals at work and at home. The conference sessions will also give attendees a look at innovative construction technology that help streamline tasks in the office and on the jobsite.

We are very pleased to welcome featured speakers:

Alex Willis, Leadership Surge,
Amanda King, Leadership and Development Coach, NECA, and
Josh Bone, NECA's Director of Innovation.

Save the date(s); registration information is coming soon!
January Membership Meeting / 
Electric Association Annual Conference 
The Electrical Contractors' Association of City of Chicago ECA) January 2020 Membership Meeting is being held in conjunction with the Electric Association's Annual Conference.   

The event is scheduled as follows:
Thursday, January 9, 2020
Drury Lane Conference Center
100 Drury Lane
Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181
(630) 530-0111
Complimentary On-site Parking Available
1 2:00 pm - Networking
12:30 pm - Lunch
1:15 pm - Business Se ssion
2:00 pm - Conclusion

The Chicago & Cook County Chapter, NECA is proud to announce that Beth Ellis, NECA Executive Director of Convention - Exposition and Katie McCormick, NECA Director of Meetings, will be the guest speakers. These two individuals are integral to the success of the upcoming NECA Convention. They will be on hand to brief the Association on the highlights of the NECA Convention which will be held in Chicago on October 3 - 6, 2020!   We look forward to their presentation!

ECA Incentive to Attend  EA Annual Conference
All ECA members will receive one complimentary employee admission to the two-day conference. Additional employees will be able to register with a $25 off coupon code.
1st FREE Attendee Code: ECAMBR
Additional Attendee $25 off Discount Code: ECAMBR25
NECA Premier Partners
-- Greenlee

NECA's Premier Partner sponsorship program connects NECA members to the leading companies in the electrical construction industry.  It represents the most comprehensive business-to-business marketing and sales opportunity ever presented to reach the $160 billion electrical construction industry.  Premier Partners of NECA showcase their brands, products and services in the electrical construction industry through hundreds of NECA events, publications and digital platforms year-round, including the annual NECA Convention and Trade Show, the industry's premier trade show and gathering. The Chicago and Cook County Chapter, NECA will focus on each NECA Premier Partner over the coming months.  This month's focus will be on Greenlee.

LOCAL 134 Honors Joseph P. Keenan, Sr. 

On Friday, November 8, 2019, Local Union #134 IBEW recognized the efforts of Joseph P. Keenan, Sr. with the installation of an honorary plaque.  

Plaque honoring Joseph P. Keenan.

CISCO Scholarships Available 

T he Construction Industry Service Corporation (CISCO) is a joint labor-management group consisting of numerous area unions and construction trade associations in the Northeastern Illinois area. The Electrical Contractors' Association of City of Chicago (ECA) is an active member. All signatory Local Union #134, IBEW contractors and signatory electricians can benefit from CISCO programming. 

CISCO is accepting applications for its 2020 Scholarship Program.  The three different categories enable a wider range of students of both union building trade members and union contractor employees to apply.  CISCO offers (3), four-year scholarships to high school seniors; (2), two-year awards for seniors planning on attending a community college; and (2), two-year continuing education awards to union members or contractor employees.

The application forms can be downloaded from the following links:

All applications and accompanying documents must be postmarked by February 21, 2020. For more information, contact CISCO at 630.472.9411.

Commissioner Frydland  Receives "Rebuilding Chicago" Award

The Electrical Contractors' Association of City of Chicago (ECA) and Local Union #134, IBEW are supporters of "Rebuilding Together - Metro Chicago."    The joint effort of the ECA and Local 134 realized through the "Powering Chicago" effort was highlighted on Thursday, November 21, 2019 as "Powering Chicago" was a major supporter of the "Rebuilding Together - Metro Chicago's Paint the Town" fundraiser at the Greenhouse Loft at 2545 W. Diversey Avenue in Chicago.  The Chicago Department of Buildings Commissioner, Judy Frydland received a special recognition Award for her efforts with "Rebuilding Together -Metro Chicago."  The ECA congratulates the Commissioner!
Pictured above from left to right are:
Robert Fimbianti, LMCC Trustee, Linear Electric, Inc.,
Chicago Department of Buildings Commissioner Judy Frydland, and
Mark Thomas, ECA Executive Vice President.

Safety Update
--CSC December Schedule
For a listing of coursework available through the Construction Safety Council (CSC) for the month of December, please click on the link: 

Safety Conference 
--CSC & ASA  March, 2020
This Annual Construction Expo and Safety Conference, co-hosted by the Association of Subcontractors and Affiliates of Chicago (ASA Chicago) and Construction Safety Council (CSC) serves Chicagoland construction industry professionals by providing unique opportunities for business-to-business commerce, education and networking.   The event is being held at the Drury Lane Conference Center in Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois on March 2 - 3, 2020.

OSHA 2020 Priorities Webinar 
--December 3, 2019 
OSHA's regulatory agenda has been picking up speed but what does that mean for the electrical construction industry in 2020?  OSHA is looking at new revisions to Table 1 Control Methods for Respirable Crystalline Silica, a Final Rule on Beryllium in Construction and have planned revisions to the Controls of Hazardous Energy: Lockout/Tagout standard just to name a few.  Ensure your company's compliance in 2019 and beyond. Join NECA on Tuesday, December 3 at 11am EST for a webinar to review OSHA 2020 Priorities. Attendees will take a deep-dive into recent OSHA rules and regulations and will receive an overview of what's in store for their 2020 regulatory priorities.

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