The National Electrical Contractors Association’s two Pennsylvania chapters came together earlier this month for a cause important to the industry.
The Penn-Del-Jersey and Western Pennsylvania chapters of NECA met for their first State Advocacy Day at the Pennsylvania Capitol in Harrisburg on March 20-21.
The chapters’ goal was to facilitate introductions between the state’s General Assembly and NECA members as well as provide support for their top legislative issues. They advocated for practical legislation that promotes a healthy economy and family-sustaining jobs.
Specifically, the chapters were seeking prompt payment legislation to help contractors get paid for the work they perform (HB 566) and for the state to enable private investment in energy upgrades for commercial properties via Property Assessed Clean Energy financing (SB 234). They also acquainted legislators with NECA’s labor-management model to help them understand the workforce-related legislation that matters to them.
The event kicked off with a reception at the Hilton Harrisburg, where attendees had a chance to network. During dinner, attendees asked questions during a legislative briefing presented by the chapters. The next day, they met with their elected officials at the Capitol building, reaching out to more than thirty legislative offices.
NECA attendees from the Penn-Del-Jersey Chapter included Luke Cunningham, Dan Hahn, Natalie Linder, Frank Holleran, Bob Duff, Randy Roberts, Kevin Oliver, Curt Fox, Joe Kaluhiokalani, Don Culbertson, Rob Bresnahan, Mike Touey, Helen Levins, Tom McNulty, Tony Ennis, Ken MacDougall, Rob Triplett, Joe Uliana, Mike Oscar and Jeff Scarpello. Jonathan Bruce, Bob Bruce, Bob Dagostino, Greg McQuaide, Mark Mikec, Tim Schultheis, Chad Jones and Joelle Salerno represented the Western Pennsylvania Chapter. Jay Jones, Eastern Region Field Rep for NECA’s national office, also attended the event.
Go to www.necanet.org/advocacy to learn more about NECA’s advocacy work on the national level. The National Legislative Conference and Political Leadership Council Summit will be held on April 26-27 in Washington, DC. Visit http://www.necanet.org/advocacy/about-neca-government-affairs/legislative-conference/2017-legislative-conference for additional information about registration and a brochure.