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  • 11/20/2015

    Penn-Del-Jersey Joins Pennsylvania Leaders to Push for New Transportation Project

    On November 16, 2015, NECA’s Penn-Del-Jersey members joined their IBEW partners at IBEW Local 98 and nearly a dozen bipartisan lawmakers- including U.S. Senators Bob Casey and Pat Toomey, Congressmen Pat Meehan and Bob Brady, Mayor-elect Jim Kenney, State Senator John Rafferty, and State Representative Bill Keller- for a Press Event to renew a push to extend the Philadelphia’s subway line 1.5 miles south into their Navy Yard.

    Currently, the extension project is in Phase 2 of its feasibility study, a study that was funded by Pennsylvania’s State Highway Funding Bill in 2013. In the midst of the federal six-year highway bill now being conferenced in Washington, this is a local reminder of how much persistence it takes to make meaningful investments in infrastructure.

    Across party lines, all of the speakers commented on the need to see this project to completion. Senator Casey said, “We’re grateful for the work that’s been done to date, but we’ve got to finish the job.” Senator Toomey said, “Part of that growth [in the Navy Yard] depends on good, solid, reliable, convenient transportation.” But John Dougherty, IBEW Local 98 Business Manager, said it best in his follow-up opinion letter, “When was the last time so many Democrats and Republicans joined forces to support any project? […] The Navy Yard is the size of Center City, yet its full potential is limited by a lack of transportation infrastructure and inadequate parking in the absence of efficient public transportation.” With the bipartisan support of the project, there is no better time than now to get the job done.

    Philadelphia’s Navy Yard is undergoing a transformation but it needs to update its infrastructure to meet its potential. It is home to more than 11,000 employees and 145 companies. NECA’s Penn-Del-Jersey chapter is currently involved in the Navy Yard through energy efficiency and alternative energy projects in partnership with Penn State University.

    However, the Navy Yard is still underutilized. It can accommodate up to 4.5 million square feet of industrial development including manufacturing, warehousing, distribution, light industrial, and flexible space. Its Master Plan supports up to 13.5 million square feet of development, 30,000 people, and over $3 billion in private investment.

    Realizing the Navy Yard’s potential would have a tremendous impact on the industry and the region as a whole. The extension of the subway line would help to make that happen.

  • 10/01/2015

    Chairman's Challenge: Penn-Del-Jersey Meets Rep. Costello

    150928 Penn Del Jersey with CostelloOn September 28, members of the Penn-Del-Jersey Chapter met with Rep. Ryan Costello (R-PA) for lunch and a policy discussion at the Marriott in West Conshohocken.

    Multiemployer Pension Reform was a top issue of discussion. NECA members discussed the need for Congress to authorize legislation that would approve the use of a new hybrid plan design known as “Composite Plans,” which are neither defined benefit nor defined contribution plans. Rep. Costello had a number of questions, and NECA contractors were able to speak from their own experiences in their businesses and as trustees to help him understand their challenges.

    Rep. Costello also reiterated his support of common sense Davis-Bacon and prevailing wage rates, which protect workers earning family-sustaining wages and protect contractors from being undercut from out of state companies. From his role on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Rep. Costello was able to discuss his district’s unique highway and infrastructure issues.

    Pictured from left to right are Chapter Executive Jeff Scarpello, Government Affairs Coordinator Helen Levins, Rep. Costello, Ed Collison of Hobbs and Company, and Chapter Governor Frank Holleran of H.B. Frazer Company. 

  • 09/25/2015

    Chairman's Challenge: Atlanta Chapter Meets Rep. Woodall

    Atlanta with Rep. WoodallOn September 23, 2015, Members of the Atlanta Chapter NECA met with Rep. Rob Woodall (R-GA) in Atlanta. Pictured are PLC Chairman Alex Owen of Brooks-Berry-Haynie, Rep. Woodall, and Jerry Hayes of United Electric Company.
  • 09/18/2015

    Chairman's Challenge: Southern Nevada Chapter Meets Rep. Hardy

    150914 Southern Nevada with Rep. HardyOn September 14, members of the Southern Nevada Chapter NECA met with Rep. Crescent Hardy (R-NV) in the district to discuss NECA’s top legislative priorities. Pictured are Chapter Executive Don Campbell  (left) and Rep. Hardy. 
  • 09/04/2015

    Chairman’s Challenge: North Central Ohio Chapter Meets Rep. Gibbs

    On August 26, members of the North Central Ohio chapter met with Rep. Bob Gibbs (ROH).  Pictured is Brent Fatzinger of Abbott Electric (right) with Rep. Gibbs.

    150826 North Central Ohio with Gibbs
  • 08/28/2015

    Chairman's Challenge: Long Island Chapter Meets Rep. Lee Zeldin

    On August 21, members of the Long Island Chapter NECA met with Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY) to take a tour of the JATC facilities. Rep. Zeldin met with three NECA contractors on the JATC Committee: Bob Kohlmeyer of CRK Contracting, Mike Bender of Bana Electric, and Kristine DiNapoli of KND Licensed Electrical Contracting. Pictured from left to right are: Tom Dunne, JATC instructor; Mike Bender, Bana Electric & JATC trustee; Bob Kohlmeyer, CRK Contracting & JATC trustee; Kristine DeNapoli, KND Electrical Contracting & JATC trustee; Rep. Lee Zeldin; Paul Dunn, Mainline Electric & Chapter President; Chris Kelly, JATC Training Director; Charles Gardner, Director of Government Affairs for Long Island Chapter; John Guadagno, Local 25 President; Kevin Harvey, Local 25 Business Manager.
    150821 Long Island with Lee Zeldin

  • 08/28/2015

    Chairman's Challenge: Minneapolis Chapter Meets Rep. Tim Walz

    On August 25, members of the Minneapolis Chapter met with Rep. Tim Walz (D-MN) in the district. Pictured is John Wood of Master Electric Company (left) with Rep. Walz. 
    150825 Minneapolis with Rep Tim Walz
  • 08/28/2015

    Chairman's Challenge: Minneapolis Chapter Meets Rep. Tom Emmer

    On August 26, members of the Minneapolis Chapter met with Rep. Tom Emmer (R-MN). Pictured from left to right are Ron Bowen of Elliott Contracting, Rep. Emmer, Dave Nielsen of Parsons Electric, and Chapter Executive David Manderson. 
    150826 Minneapolis with Rep. Tom Emmer
  • 08/28/2015

    Chairman's Challenge: Minneapolis Chapter Meets Rep. Collin Peterson

    On August 26, members of the Minneapolis Chapter met with Rep. Collin Peterson (D-MN). Pictured from left to right are Assistant Chapter Manager Rob Triplett, Rep. Peterson, and Chapter Executive David Manderson. 
    150826 Minneapolis with Rep. Peterson
  • 08/28/2015

    Chairman's Challenge: Minneapolis Chapter Meets Rep. Rick Nolan

    On August 27, members of the Minneapolis Chapter met with Rep. Rick Nolan (D-MN) in his district. Pictured from left to right are Ron Bowen of Elliott Contracting, Rep. Nolan, and Chapter Executive David Manderson. 
    150827 Minneapolis with Nolan
  • 08/21/2015

    Chairman's Challenge: Minneapolis Chapter Meets Rep. John Kline

    The Minneapolis Chapter also met with Chairman of the House Education and Workforce Committee, Rep. John Kline this week to discuss NECA’s policy positions. Pictured are Rep. Kline and Assistant Chapter Manager Rob Triplett. 
    150817 Minneapolis with Rep. Kline
  • 08/21/2015

    Chairman's Challenge: Minneapolis Chapter Meets Rep. Erik Paulsen

    Members of the Minneapolis Chapter NECA met with Rep. Erik Paulsen in the district this week. Pictured from left to right are Assistant Chapter Manager Rob Triplett, Dan Westberg of Low Voltage Contractors, Gary Gniffke of Ace Electric, Rep. Paulsen, Dick Morris of Fraser Morris Electric, and Roger Walz of Egan Company. 
    150818 Minneapolis Chapter with Erik Paulsen
  • 08/21/2015

    Chairman's Challenge: Wisconsin Chapter Meets Rep. Ribble

    Members of the Wisconsin Chapter NECA met with Rep. Reid Ribble on August 13, 2015 to discuss NECA’s top legislative priorities. Pictured from left to right are Russ Timmers of Van Ert Electric, Paul Bohn of Van Ert Electric, Rep. Ribble, Chapter Executive Loyal O’Leary, Mark Hady of J.H. Lamb Electric, Dan Shea of Shea Electric and Communications, and Jim Eland II of Eland Electric. 
    150813 Wisconsin with Reid Ribble
  • 08/14/2015

    Chairman's Challenge: Long Island Chapter Meets Rep. Israel

    Members of the Long Island Chapter NECA met with Rep. Steve Israel (D-NY) this week to discuss ways to increase infrastructure funding. Pictured from left to right are Chapter Executive Pete Mastrorocco, Paul Dunn of Mainline Electric Corp., Rep. Israel, Tom DePace of Advance Sound Co., and Director of Government Affairs Charles Gardner. 
    150813 Long Island with Steve Israel
  • 08/07/2015

    Chairman's Challenge Update

    NECA’s Chairman’s Challenge program encourages NECA contractors to get involved in our government affairs advocacy efforts. August is the perfect time to earn points for your NECA Chapter by hosting a visit with your Member of Congress at your company headquarters, job site, or NECA-IBEW Training Center.

    So far, the Penn-Del-Jersey Chapter and the Puget Sound Chapter are tied for first place with three visits each! 

    Be sure to visit our new online Congressional Visit Toolkit and watch and download our new webinar to see how you can get started, and learn what to talk about. This toolkit contains all of the information you need to invite and host a member of Congress at your business. By inviting our elected leaders to visit your facility, you can help demonstrate the importance of the electrical construction industry and the many jobs it creates and sustains.

    Make sure you snap a photo with your Member of Congress and send it to NECAGovtAffairs@necanet.org so we can feature your visit in our newsletter!

  • 07/02/2015

    Chairman's Challenge: Dakotas Chapter Meets Rep. Collin Peterson

    On June 28, NECA Dakotas Chapter Executive Ed Christian met with Rep. Collin Peterson (D-MN) in the district for an event. Pictured from left to right are Rep. Peterson and Ed Christian. 
    150628 Dakotas with Collin Peterson
  • 06/12/2015

    Chairman's Challenge: Wisconsin Chapter Meets Rep. Paul Ryan

    On June 5, members of the Wisconsin Chapter NECA met with Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) to discuss misclassification for workers as independent contractors, transportation infrastructure, relief for multiemployer pension plans, and repeal of the onerous tax provisions under the Affordable Care Act. Pictured from left to right are Mark Hady of J H Lamb LLC, Rep. Ryan, and Art Bishop, administrator for the Wisconsin Electrical Employees Benefit Fund. 
    150605 Wisconsin Chapter with Rep. Paul Ryan
  • 05/28/2015

    Chairman's Challenge: Central Indiana Chapter Meets Sen. Joe Donnelly

    On May 28th, Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-IN) visited ERMCO’s headquarters and met with ERMCO Chairman, Darrell Gossett and Executive V.P., Jim Tsareff. In addition to the Senator learning about ERMCO, its people and its operations, the three discussed current legislative issues at the national level affecting both ERMCO and the construction industry as a whole. Pictured from left to right are Jim Tsareff, Sen. Donnelly, and Darrell Gossett. 

    150529 Central Indiana with Sen. Joe Donnelly

  • 05/08/2015

    Chairman's Challenge: Oregon-Columbia and Puget Sound Chapter Members Meet with Rep. Earl Blumenauer

    Several NECA contractors from Washington and Oregon attended Rep. Earl Blumenauer’s (D-OR) Ladies Leadership luncheon in Portland. NECA members in attendance were: Laurie Benjamin of Inland Electric, Ali O’Neill of O’Neill Electric, Sonja Rheaume of Christenson Electric, Lori Best of Best Electric, Ilene Ferrell of Carr Electric, Becky Nowack with NECA, Rosie Garcia with NECA, Stacy Wilson of Wilson Construction, Michelle Doyle of Rosendin Electric, and Bridgette Quinn of the NECA/IBEW Training Center.

     

  • 04/10/2015

    Chairman’s Challenge: Penn-Del-Jersey Chapter Meets Rep. Brendan Boyle

    On March 30, members of the Penn-Del-Jersey Chapter met with Rep. Brendan Boyle (D-PA). Pictured from left to right are Mike Touey, Rep. Brendan Boyle, Chapter Government Affairs Coordinator Helen Levins, and Chapter Executive Jeff Scarpello. 
    150330 Penn Del Jersey with Brendan Boyle
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