On March 12-13, the Penn-Del-Jersey and Western PA Chapters of NECA held their 2nd Annual State Advocacy Day at the Pennsylvania Capitol.
Together, they met with members of the PA General Assembly and Department of Labor and Industry to discuss their policy priorities. Their Boards of Directors also deliberated on shared issues of concern. Topping it all off, attendees heard from NECA President David Long, about his vision for a sustainable, viable, and imaginable future.
The event began with an overview of the issues facing the industry in the state. These included an update on workforce-related issues such as prevailing wage, apprenticeship, and employee classification. The Chapters also familiarized attendees with NECA-supported House Bill 566 for the prompt payment of construction contractors and Senate Bill 234 that would enable Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) Financing.
NECA National Government Affairs Manager James Farrell presented on the top federal issue facing the state− Pennsylvania’s congressional redistricting. Farrell reported that Congressional turnover will heighten our need to build new relationships with members of Congress, a task both Chapters work on each May at NECA National’s Legislative Conference.
During dinner, the Chapters heard from NECA President David Long for a presentation on his vision for the next three years and beyond. For many, this was their first time hearing Long’s plan. Attendees were inspired and left with tangible takeaways to consider in running their companies, chapters, and joint programs with the IBEW.
Finally, in the morning, the Chapters met with over two-dozen legislative offices and Executive Deputy Secretary of Labor and Industry Robert O’Brien. It was a packed schedule, but a worthwhile opportunity for Pennsylvania members to collaborate with the Chapters, NECA National, and state government on critical issues facing the industry.