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Why be a NECA Contractor
NECA offers you an
opportunity to have a direct say in the electrical industry and its
future through regular meetings held at the chapter, district and
NECA is an extension
of you. It’s that extra employee on your payroll who looks out for
your interests. This could include follow-up on Davis-Bacon, contract
compliance, inspection procedures, and/or OSHA regulations. It could
also include representing you in your own community with trade groups,
architects, engineers, government, the Business roundtable and other
business leaders. All this can best be described as an addition to
your sales force through visibility and public relations.
programs can help you and your employees enhance your professional
credentials. NECA News and the newsfile on our members-only website
are also important services.
The NECA staff at the
chapter level is a vital resource bringing you the programs and
services that help you stay competitive and informed.
Trust and Cooperation are essential ingredients in an effective, profitable working relationship between employer and employee. NECA’s national association, our chapter, and members have long
practiced constructive and responsible labor relations in concert with
the IBEW, the world’s oldest and largest union of electrical
workers. NECA makes every effort to ensure that all parties
concerned – all levels of the association, its members, their
supervisory personnel and the national and local unions – provide
the maximum possible productivity per man-hour of labor in order to
compete profitably and promote consumer use of the services of skilled
electrical craftsmen employed by qualified contractors.
In order to implement this basic policy and seek to develop programs
and procedures for the rational and peaceful settlement of disputes,
the avoidance of strikes, work stoppages and jurisdictional disputes,
NECA and the IBEW have developed the National Labor-Management
Cooperation Committee (NLMCC). NECA chapters, cooperate with local
IBEW business managers through the Local Labor-Management Cooperation
Committee (LMCC) to develop local labor contracts that enhance
For more information on wage rates and the Davis-Bacon and related
acts, visit the Department
of Labor, Davis-Bacon Act
Electrical contracting requires
knowledge of engineering, estimating, electrical installation and
business management. NECA offers a wide variety of education programs
and materials to enable members to upgrade their skills. A curriculum
of courses helps contractors plan their company’s future; improve
accounting functions; budget and control costs; manage assets and
profits; meet business insurance needs effectively; make the right
choice in computer selection and application and more.
NECA chapters also sponsor seminars on special phases of major
subjects of interest. And there are several courses available to key
employees. The association even offers a special program
designed for the second-tier management personnel of member companies
to prepare them for top management roles. In addition, flexible
accounting systems developed especially for electrical contractors,
all types of necessary business forms and other management aids are
NECA provides a full range of
informational and educational services to help its members ensure the
superiority of their work while taking advantage of emerging
technology. NECA’s technical services not only benefit the member
electrical contractor but also help set standards for quality
throughout the entire industry.
In addition to making code
reference material available to its members, the association also
offers a Code Conference to help instruct contractors and their
employees in meeting changing code requirements.
NECA keeps its
members informed of technological developments affecting the
electrical construction industry.
the tools and how-to instruction necessary to help members achieve
excellence in electrical work.
NECA equips its
members to take profitable advantage of the new markets for their
services opened by emerging technology.
Almost every construction
trade association has a marketing department to sell products to its
members, but we know of no other with a marketing department whose
sole function is to help members sell their services!
Effective marketing is crucial to the successful operation of any
electrical construction business. NECA keeps members abreast of the
many changes in the marketplace and provides national promotion and
member education. Projects involve research, sales training,
institutional promotion and inter-industry relations.
Another invaluable service is the NECA Connection. This
computerized marketing service allows buyers seeking an electrical
contractor to call a toll-free number or search on the NECA website to
find a local NECA member who meets their specifications. The
association also exhibits at national and local trade shows and
maintains an inventory of highly attractive displays and ads for use
by local chapters.
Serving as the voice of electrical
construction, NECA works continually to ensure that its members are
kept informed of developments both within the organization and within
the electrical contracting industry as a whole.
Ongoing member contact is assured
via the NECA News. This publication can be found on their website, www.necanet.org
which is another up-to-the-minute source for information concerning
NECA chapters receive advance
notice of new products and services, as well as guidance on effecting
the best possible chapter management, with the NECA Chapter Alert. The
Alert is published as needed to impart information of particular
concern to the chapters, the field service and NECA’s leadership.
Articles in the Electrical
Contractor magazine cover both the management and technical ends of
the business. A major topic of current interest to electrical
contractors is featured each month.
NECA believes that it should take an
active role in keeping its membership, the entire construction
industry and the general public aware of the content and possible
effects of legislation affecting the electrical contracting industry.
NECA also ensures that the executive and legislative branches of the
government are informed of the views of electrical contractors.
NECA scrutinizes legislative affairs in such areas as bidding
procedures, energy use and conservation, employment practices and
NECA serves a watchdog role with
respect to the rule-making activities of federal regulatory agencies,
such as the Department of Labor, including OSHA, DOE and GSA.
Lobbying is a high priority for NECA. They maintain a strong
presence on Capitol Hill and often provide testimony on legislation
and proposed rules that could affect the industry.
The Western Ohio Chapter is support
by NECA in our efforts to secure local legislative regulations
Codes and Standards
With positions on all 20 code-making
panels of the National Electric Code committee, NECA represents the
interests of electrical contractors in the development of equipment
standards, materials standards, safety regulations and installation
standards. NECA also reviews licensing and inspection regulations and
recommends changes when necessary, particularly through its monitoring
of emerging technologies.
Electrical Installation Standards are the industry’s first
quality standards for electrical construction. They define a minimum
baseline of quality and workmanship for installing electrical products
NECA publishes top-quality
educational and reference materials to help you understand Code and
regulatory requirements. Click
here for additional Technical and Code Resources.
Safety and Insurance
NECA is committed to safety, for
workers on the job and for projects after the work is complete.
Teaching safe work practices is a key element in training, and NECA
supports ongoing safety awareness campaigns for contractors and
workers. NECA has also been involved in the National Electrical
Code development to help set basic standards for electrical equipment,
materials and safe installation methods.
Along with training in the
latest OSHA Safety and Health Standards for General Industry and
Construction, NECA provides safety consultation for its members.
Government Safety Agencies
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