There is no longer any doubt that the construction industry has emerged from the long downturn that began more than seven years ago. That’s good news indeed.
But, there’s some troubling news, too, depending on whom you ask—and where they’re working (or not).
The National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) established the National Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee (NJATC) in 1941. Dedicated to creating the best electrical workers in the world, it succeeded remarkably.
Maybe a fairy godmother can wave her magic wand and make a dream come true in a children’s fable, but it’s no fairytale that time, sweat and skills with wire cutters have helped make the American dream of owning a home come true in Los Angeles for 30 low-income families.
Every electrical project is fraught with danger and risk. However, not every project involves stringing cable over a gorge, suspending yourself from it in a basket, and stabilizing it so your employer can walk across it later without falling to his death.
The hands-on training opportunities of the first annual Electrical, Security and Telecom Expo, cosponsored by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 164 and Graybar Electric, attracted more than 800 skilled workers, contractors and construction industry professionals.
The National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) desired to help America’s servicemen and women who, after being honorably discharged, were in need of a career, not just a job.