Contractor Call to Action

President Trump released his $1.5 trillion infrastructure plan and NECA believes this is a solid first step in moving legislation forward that will help rebuild our nation’s aging infrastructure. It is also our next best chance for Congress to work together in a bipartisan manner. Infrastructure is not an issue either party owns; we as Americans own this issue.

It is time for Congress to enact a sweeping infrastructure plan that will rebuild and modernize our nation’s electrical grid, broadband infrastructure, as well as our roads, bridges, waterways, clean water and wastewater infrastructure, and building infrastructure. America suffers from a serious infrastructure investment gap and this proposal can pave the way to correcting our current trajectory.

In order for this plan to be successful, it should also include needed reforms to speed up the extraordinarily slow federal permitting process, invest in rural America and increase innovation at the state and local levels. Click here to take action today.

Board of Director Elections

The election process for the Chapter’s Board of Directors has begun. This year there are seats available in our Alameda, Modesto, Solano/Napa, Stockton and Technology Divisions. If you are interested in serving your Division as a representative on the Chapter’s Board of Directors, please contact the Nominating Committee Chair for your area:

  • Alameda Division: Mike Boehmer
  • Modesto Division: Brian Gini
  • Solano/Napa Division: Greg Long
  • Stockton Division: Gary Woody
  • Technology Division: Kurt Brinkman

Pursuant to the Chapter’s Bylaws, to be eligible to serve as a director an individual must be the designated voting representative of a member firm in good standing. Nominating Committee Chairs must submit their recommendations to the Chapter office no later than September 10, 2018.

President David Long Visits NorCal NECA

On June 11th, NECA National President David Long visited the NorCal NECA Chapter to speak on his mission statement “Sustainable-Viable-Imaginable – Empowering Lives and Communities.” President Long discussed keeping our contractors sustainable by helping to fill the manpower shortage. NECA, as a national association is working to provide the tools for our contractors to fill the manpower gaps we currently have in the industry. Contractors need to be viable by increasing education, such as project management training and field leadership training, for employees. Finally, we need to be imaginable in order to hit our goal of increasing market share by 10 percentage points by 2025.

Seeking Sponsors for the 10th Annual NorCal NECA/IBEW 595 Joint Safety Calendar

Plans are underway for the NorCal NECA/IBEW 595 Joint Safety Committee’s annual Safety Calendar! Artwork for the calendar is submitted by IBEW Local 595 family members who participate in our Safety Poster Contest. Once completed, the calendar will be distributed to NorCal NECA member contractors, IBEW Members, general contractors, building officials, local politicians, school board members and various business groups and individuals associated with NECA and the IBEW.

We are currently seeking sponsors for our 10th edition of this popular publication to help defray the costs associated with printing and distribution. Sponsorships are available at $300 for a shared page and $500 for a full page. We will include your company logo and contact information for each month sponsored.

Sponsorships are available on a first-come basis and we are hoping to have them finalized by September 28, 2018. If you are interested in this terrific opportunity, please contact Juanita Mitchell with the Chapter office.

Remember…Safety First = Family First!

Public Works Contractors Registration Renewal

As a reminder, the Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) requires currently registered public works contractors renew their registration for the 2018/2019 fiscal year by June 30, 2018.

Contractors must be registered with the DIR before bidding, being awarded, or performing work on public work projects in California. Registered contractors who fail to renew by June 30th, but continue working on public works after that date may be subject to late fees and potential penalties.

DIR has extensive information regarding public works requirements on its public works website, including instructions for contractors on how to renew their public works registration.

Registration Opens for NECA Convention – Philadelphia

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.

To register for the convention, follow the below instructions:

  • Log into the NECA Registration & Hotel Booking Website with your individual ID and Last Name.
    • Note, please contact the Chapter office if you do not know your individual ID.
  • Once logged in, you, as a Chapter member, will automatically be placed into your chapter room block. If you are a member of multiple Chapters, you will be able to select the Chapter with which to proceed.

Along with the convention schedule, we have reserved a Philly bus tour for NorCal NECA Members on Saturday, September 29th to hit some of the city’s best highlights. Our Chapter will also host a Chapter dinner which will be held on Monday, October 1st at the beautiful and historical Union League of Philadelphia, with further details to come.

If you would like assistance with registration and travel, please complete the attached form and return to Julie Russell with the Chapter office.

NECA 1025 Vision

NECA President David Long has articulated his 1025 vision for NECA. The goal is to increase market share by 10 percentage points by 2025. NECA Members’ market share has been hovering in the 35% to 43% range for a long time. Growing by 10% by 2025, is a more than 33% increase in 7 years. To achieve that level of growth, we have to not only be price competitive, productive and efficient, we also have to continue finding ways to add value and attract new talent. That means greater and deeper services centered around BIM, prefabrication, service & maintenance, D/B, IPD, energy project finance, energy efficiency, renewables, distributed generation, energy storage, low voltage and Internet of Things (IoT) work. The list, of course, is not all inclusive; which means the future is very bright for those companies willing to try new things.

Focusing for a moment on just the opportunity represented by IoT, NECA’s Associate Director of Research, Amanda Harbison, was tasked with investigating what the internet of things means for electrical contractors. The research is preliminary, but the numbers and forecast are truly mind-boggling. Click here to download the presentation.

NorCal NECA’s 16th Annual Golf Classic Held

NorCal NECA’s 16th Annual Golf Classic took place at Ruby Hill on Monday, May 21st, with a full field of players. We would like to thank each of our valued industry partners and contractor members who sponsored the event, and those who participated in our raffle. Each year we donate proceeds from the tournament to five charities that have been hand-picked for our Chapter. These charities are: Make-A-Wish Foundation Greater Bay Area, Aldea Children and Family Services in Napa, Attitudinal Healing Connection in Oakland, Modesto Gospel Mission in Modesto, and Hospice of San Joaquin in Stockton. We also extend our deep appreciation to the many people who volunteered their time to be with us on the golf course and help the event run smoothly. Congratulations to all of our winners and especially Barry Frain, Pat Buckley, Matt Thompsen and Pat Nash representing Con J. Franke Electric, Inc. and the Okonite Company, whose team name will be etched on the perpetual trophy this year. We hope that you will consider joining us on May 20, 2018, for our 17th Annual Golf Classic.

Federal OSHA Reporting Requirement

Effective January 1, 2017, employers in states regulated by federal OSHA were required to electronically submit Log 300 records of injuries and illnesses. As this was a federal program change, state-run safety and health programs like CalOSHA were required to respond and comply to the change.

CalOSHA has not yet completed its review of this change. However, on April 30, 2018, federal OSHA posted a “trade release” requiring all affected employers to submit injury and illness data in the federal OSHA Injury Tracking Application (ITA) online portal, even if the employer is covered by a state plan that has not completed adoption of their own state rule. Please review the ITA website by clicking here.

Construction employers with a workforce from 20 – 249 employees must report their Log 300 information for the year 2017, through the ITA portal by July 1, 2018.

Survey for ELECTRI International

ELECTRI International would like for you to participate in an online survey to help better understand how the introduction of the Internet of Things (IoT) into intelligent and smart buildings is transforming the construction industry.

The survey is part of a research study that is sponsored by ELECTRI International. Only one survey response is needed from each company, and it is recommended to be completed by a person who is involved in the engineering or installation of technology or low-voltage related systems. The survey is expected to take 10 – 15 minutes.

Should you have any questions or comments, feel free to contact the researcher, Hisham Said (hsaid@scu.edu) or (408) 551-7156. Your participation in this study is much appreciated and will help to understand the impact of IoT on the built environment and the construction industry.