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.
Since 1994, the Electrical Safety Foundation International (www.esfi.org) has promoted electrical safety across North America by facilitating public education throughout the year and observing National Electrical Safety Month (NESM) each May.
Reports that 2013 was the year America achieved energy independence are wildly exaggerated. But something very big did happen: The United States became the world’s biggest producer of oil and natural gas.
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.
More than 174,000 workers in the electrical contracting industry—including the most-skilled electricians, linemen and technicians in the world—are covered by pension plans that are financed through contributions from them and their multiple employers, without costing taxpayers one cent.
“The economy is inching its way to improvement, and the construction industry has not stopped working.” So says FMI Corp., the largest provider of management consulting and investment banking to the engineering and construction industry.
Although the “fiscal cliff” was averted late on Jan. 1, 2013, we haven’t heard the last of it. Even as I write this column, the 113th Congress is thrashing out some of the issues that got kicked down the road.