National Electrical Contractors Association
Inland Empire Chapter
provides a wealth
of services to enhance its member's position in the electrical
contracting industry. In addition to furnishing several other
bottom-line benefits, the programs developed through the
national organization and delivered to the chapter and
individual level via NECA's Field Service enable members to
expand their businesses by taking advantage of innovations in
construction technology; meet the challenges of a changing
economy with state of the art management skills; secure fair
representation in the regulatory process; avail themselves of
trained and highly skilled productive and administrative
employees; and market and deliver the best possible services to
customers. Thus even though NECA services are developed
expressly to help the member contractor, the entire industry and,
ultimately, the public gain from the association's efforts in
the following areas.
are essential ingredients in an effective, profitable working
relationship between employer and employee. NECA's national
association, its chapters and members have long practiced
constructive and responsible labor relations in concert with the
IBEW, the worlds 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 productive 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.
approaches to the settlement
of grievances and the avoidance of strike, work stoppages and
jurisdictional disputes are implemented at both the national and
local levels. The Labor Relations Department at NECA
headquarters works closely with the national organization of the
IBEW to develop mutually acceptable national labor agreements
while NECA chapters, which act as multi-employer bargaining
agents with their corresponding unions, cooperate with local
IBEW business managers to develop local labor contracts that
enhance labor-management rapport.
fair wages and benefits
for skilled electrical workers serves the best interest of the
industry. NECA and the IBEW jointly sponsor the National
Employees Benefit Fund to provide the best possible pension
benefits for electrical workers. The National Employees Benefit
Board, which includes representatives from NECA's executive
committee, over sees the fund and trouble shoots problems.
Meanwhile, most NECA chapters work with their corresponding IBEW
locals to see that employees have access to superior health and
welfare type benefits.
meet the skilled manpower needs
of the electrical contracting industry, NECA and the IBEW
sponsor a comprehensive apprenticeship and training program for
future electrical workers. Graduates of the Joint Apprenticeship
and Training Program are the most qualified craftsmen available
to serve the public in electrical construction. The two
organizations also sponsor training for journeymen electrical
workers who wish to gain advanced education and skills in
are also the focus
of other NECA training programs. For example, the association
offers a course on "Effective Supervision" that NECA
members may make available to their overhead workers.
"Estimating Electrical Construction" is an in depth
seminar taught by NECA field representatives and sponsored by
NECA chapters to give employees of electrical contractors an
opportunity to learn the fundamentals of estimating. In
addition, NECA makes available a wide variety of materials that
contractors may use to train their employees in safe work
practices. These include the "Hazard Awareness
Training" program and a series of "Toolbox Talks"
as well as several publications addressing occupational health
the unionized contractor
to move forward and regain lost market shares is a top priority
for NECA, which is committed to advancing business opportunities
for its members, nearly all of whom employ organized labor. This
association launched an ambitious ongoing customer relations
program in cooperation with the IBEW. Administered by a major
public relations firm, the "Quality Connection"
program seeks to sell buyers of electrical contracting services
on the "On Time, On Budget, Right the First Time" work
performed by NECA contractors and their IBEW employees.
contracting requires knowledge
of engineering, estimating, electrical installation, and job and
business management. NECA believes that management oriented
electrical contractors who continually strive to enhance their
professional abilities not only stand to prosper in their own
businesses but also reflect well upon the association and the
industry. Thus NECA offers a wide variety of educational
programs and materials to enable members and their key employees
to upgrade their skills in several important areas. The
management end of the business is covered in a collective
curriculum of courses that can be pursued in a classroom setting
or through self-study. Seminars on special phases of major
subjects of interest are also sponsored by NECA staff members.
For example, there's NECA's "Executive Study Program"
which is conducted in conjunction with prominent educators and
distinguished management consultants. Contractors may also avail
themselves of professional development opportunities addressing
"Executive Finance" and several other educational
programs established to help them plan their company's future;
improve accounting functions; budget and control costs; manage
assets and profits; meet business insurance needs most
effectively; make the right choices in computer selections and
application... the list goes on and on. NECA educational
programs are subject to ongoing review and offerings are revised
as necessary to keep pace with evolving management needs.
is but one task which the association undertakes. NECA assists
in developing and revising the National Electrical Code, and the
National Electrical Safety Code, concerning with outside
construction, also receives NECA participation in its
development. NECA offers Code Conferences to help instruct
contractors and their employees in meeting changing code
requirements. NECA is also involved with development of
materials and equipment standards through representation on
American National Standards Institute committees, development of
specifications and drawings standards through work organizations
such as the construction Standards Institute, development of
model contract language through work with such organizations as
the American Institute of Architects and development of wiring
and installations standards such as the NECA standards of
Installation and NECA graphic wiring Symbols Standards. In
addition, safety and accident - prevention standards and
programs, including those dealing with Occupational Safety and
Health Act regulations and standards, are handled within NECA's
technical services jurisdiction.
the tools that help electrical contractors meet these high
standards. Example is NECA's Manual of Labor Units and other
labor cost studies available for well over half a century.
with other organizations
is maintained through representation on inter-industry groups.
Harmonious and workable relations between electrical contractors
and other branches of the industry are vital in bringing
top-quality construction services to the customer. These include
but are not limited to the Edison Electric Institute, The
National Electrical Manufactures Association Institute of
Architects, the Consulting Engineers Council, the Construction
Specification Institute, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Small
Business Legislative Council, the Association General
Contractors, and the Association Specialty Contractors.
Participation with such organizations enables NECA to accomplish
it is nonpolitical
and thoroughly bipartisan, NECA nevertheless 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.
continues to affirm its strong
support for the American free-enterprise system and for
protection of the right of all individuals and the separate
scrutinizes legislative affairs
in such areas as bidding procedures, energy use and
conservation, employment practices and taxation. NECA alerts
members to the action that they can take to head off bad laws
and promote enactment of workable ones.
serves a watchdog
role with respect to the rule making activities of federal
regulatory agencies, such as the many branches of the Department
of Labor, including the Occupational Safety and Health
is high priority
for most trade associations. NECA maintains a strong presence on
Capitol Hill and often provides testimony on legislation and
proposed rules that could affect the industry.
With respect to local legislation the association supports local determination of local and state legislative needs but provides many resources to help NECA chapters in their efforts to secure good government at all levels.
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