Negotiations for the 9th District S&C Agreement Concluded

Negotiations for the Northern California Addendum #2 to the 9th District Sound and Communications Agreement concluded with a joint recommended settlement, which can be viewed by clicking here. The two-year agreement will commence on December 1, 2017.

The membership will hold their allocation on December 2, 2017. Our office will provide you with the updated cost data sheets after this allocation takes place.

Please contact Scot VanBuskirk with the Chapter office should you have any questions.

IBEW 595/NorCal NECA Wishes for a Safe Thanksgiving

On behalf of the IBEW Local 595/NorCal NECA Joint Safety Committee, “Happy Thanksgiving!” The kitchen is the hear of the home, especially at Thanksgiving. Kids love to be involved in Holiday preparations, so safety in the kitchen is important, especially on Thanksgiving Day when there is a lot of activity and people at home. Click here for helpful tips to ensure a safe and happy Thanksgiving, and remember “Safety First = Family First.”

OSHA Injury Tracking Requirement

The deadline for employers to electronically submit 2016 OSHA 300A summary form information to the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) is Friday, December 1, 2017. Visit the Injury Tracking Application page of OSHA’s website, to log in and submit your information through the OSHA Electronic Portal.

This applies to establishments with 250 or more employees that are currently required to keep OSHA injury and illness records, and establishments with 20 – 249 employees that are classified in certain industries with historically high rates of occupational injuries and illnesses such as construction.

Contractor Call to Action – Repeal the Cadillac Tax

In 2020, plans that provide generous benefits (aka “Cadillac Plans”) will be unjustly subject to an excise tax of 40 percent of the value of the excess benefits (effective January 1, 2020). A “Cadillac Plan” is one whose benefits are valued at $10,200 per year per individual or $27,500 per family. This will penalize employers who do the right thing by hitting them with extraordinary high taxes on employer-provided insurance plans that offer quality coverage to their employees.

Click here to tell your Senators and Representatives to repeal the “Cadillac Tax” today!

2018 Spring District IX Meeting

The Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa is the location for our upcoming 2018 Spring District IX Meeting scheduled for April 3-6, 2018. The expanded format will include a General Council meeting, a Managers meeting, educational courses with breakout sessions, Politico updates and an optional golf tournament.

Your 2018 educational credit reimbursements are eligible for this conference. Watch for registration information to be email to you in the near future.

Executive Management Institute

NECA’s Executive Management Institute (EMI) is an intensive, three-and-a-half day learning experience designed to enhance the leadership skills of current and up-and-coming executives and managers. Designed for senior executives in the electrical contracting industry, this program provides state-of-the-art management concepts and analytical tools that build on existing knowledge of electrical contracting businesses and the industry to increase the value and effectiveness of electrical contracting firms. Click here to learn more.

Firestorms in Napa and Sonoma Counties

As fires continue to burn in Napa and Sonoma Counties, efforts have started turning towards recovery. To date, none of our Napa/Solano Contractor Members have suffered any personal loss of life or property, however, several employees have had their homes destroyed. The fires have destroyed the homes of over 25 employees or Contractor Members from the Northern California Chapter and the Redwood Empire Chapter. They have also left thousands of residents homeless, but the outpouring of support from the electrical construction industry has been heartwarming.

If you would like to help aid in the recovery, please send contributions to:

Napa/Solano LMCC
5934 Gibraltar Drive, Suite 205
Pleasanton, CA 94588

Redwood Empire LMCC
7 Fourth Street, Suite 37
Petaluma, CA 94952


2017 NECA Convention Held Last Week

Thank you to our NorCal NECA members who joined the Chapter staff at the 2017 NECA Convention in Seattle last week. We hope you enjoyed all of the educational courses offered, the NECA Trade Show, as well as the networking opportunities throughout the NECA Convention.

Please be sure to mark your calendars for the 2018 NECA Convention in Philadelphia from September 29, 2018 – October 2, 2018.

NECA Releases NEIS Yearbook Volume 13

The 13th volume of the National Electrical Installation Standards (NEIS) Yearbook CD collection (Index #2000-17) is now available from NECA. This reference tool is a complete digital collection of NECA performance standards for electrical construction and maintenance. The Yearbook CD, Vol. 13 delivers the complete set of NEIS, including updated and new standards series through the third quarter of 2017.

The NEIS Yearbook CD, Vol. 13 is $150 for NECA members and $300 for other purchasers. The price is a significant savings as compared to purchasing each of the standards as stand-alone items.

2017 NECA Convention – Seattle

The NECA Show is the #1 Trade Show of its kind in the electrical construction industry. NECA is proud to present the largest gathering of manufacturers and distributors showcasing thousands of solutions contractors need to save time and money on the job, and grow their business. The trade show floor is a virtual classroom, providing the latest technological advances in such areas as power supply, security, tools, integrated building systems, lighting and controls, solar/PV, energy storage, other energy markets and so much more.