A National Commitment. The National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) has 120 local chapters in the United States. NECA’s expertise and long standing reputation for excellence in its field allows the association to stretch past U.S. borders. NECA International represents national and provincial trade organizations from over 19 different countries and four U.S. Territories, with 12 International Chapters, including Australia, Honduras, and Mexico.

International Study Missions are conducted by NECA International as an incentive to expand and enrich U.S. contractors’ experience with foreign companies. These organized annual trips connect domestic contractors with the management and workforce of contracting firms in other countries. Past Study Missions have been conducted in Spain, Portugal, India, Russia and Finland. These Study Missions are an excellent networking opportunity for the NECA local chapter member looking to enhance the overall operations of his or her business through the establishment of international partnerships. To learn more, visit

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Joint Industry Board of the Electrical Industry:

For over sixty years, the Joint Industry Board of the Electrical Industry (JIB) has fostered a cooperative relationship between labor and management partners in New York City’s electrical industry. The JIB was founded in 1943 by leaders of Local Union No. 3, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) and New York City electrical union contractors for the purpose of negotiating collective bargaining agreements, surveying and studying the industry, arbitrating disputes between employees and employers and overseeing various employee benefit plans. The JIB provides members of New York’s National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA New York) with a forum to address issues and promote partnering within the electrical industry. Since its inception, it has become a role model for labor-management organizations worldwide and its success has set the tone for other boards throughout the construction industry.

The JIB includes numerous joint labor and management committees representing the areas of finance, employment, education, safety, pensions, training and others. Financial reports are issued monthly and both labor and management members carefully monitor the distribution of employer contributions into pensions and health care plans as well as monitoring their fiscal well-being. To learn more, visit

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ELECTRI International

ELECTRI International was founded in 1989 by the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) as the key research and educational organization for the $100 billion electrical contracting industry, with the primary purpose of providing electrical contractors with information to do better business.

ELECTRI International analyzes industry trends and issues along with the input of major universities and research institutes, and relates this information back to electrical contractors as meaningful information in plain language.

The Foundation maintains three Centers for Excellence committed to shaping the future of the electrical contracting industry. The Research Center commissions current and relevant research from universities and research institutes and disseminates the results throughout the industry. The Education Center transforms this information into learning programs for NECA contractors; and The International Center promotes the exchange of ideas, best practices and technology between US-based contractors and their international counterparts.

ELECTRI International research reports are posted frequently to the ELECTRI International website. Each research publication includes a companion DVD which is distributed to all NECA members and chapters. Annually, ELECTRI International produces update DVDs featuring interviews with some of its key investigators, giving contractors the ‘heads-up’ as to what’s in the pipeline.

Involved NECA New York Members

ELECTRI International benefits greatly from the involvement of its New York Chapter and the participation of individual NECA New York contractors, several of whom are major contributors that hold permanent seats on the ELECTRI Council. This visionary group helps to determine which projects and programs are to be funded every year. The NECA New York members who sit on the ELECTRI Council are Ciro Lupo of Commercial Electric, Ben D’Alessandro of L.K. Comstock & Company , and David Pinter of Zwicker Electric.

For more information on how ELECTRI International can help you do better business, please contact ELECTRI President Russ Alessi at (301) 215-4538 or by email to On the foundation side, contractors should contact Bita Silverman, Director of Projects, at (301) 215-4538 or at by email or visit the ELECTRI International website:

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Membership in the Building Trades Employers’ Association (BTEA) begins with joining one of its 28 trade union contractor associations, representing the 1,700 construction managers, general contractors and specialty subcontractor firms in New York City who employ over 125,000 people in the construction industry. BTEA members range in size from multi-billion dollar internationally recognized firms to small and mid-sized specialty trade contracting firms.

The BTEA’s mission is to advance the interests of New York City construction trade associations and their corporate members, recognizing that a vibrant unionized construction industry is essential to the economic future of New York City. The BTEA works toward two primary organizational goals: work safety on construction sites and business advocacy. The Association serves as the foremost advocate of legislative, regulatory and public policies affecting the construction industry.

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Local Union 3, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers

The International Brotherhood of Electrical Contractors has over 750,000 members in the United States and Canada. As union members, IBEW bargains collectively with employers over wages, benefits and rights. Under the Employment at Will doctrine, the cornerstone of American employment law, unless an employee belongs to a protected group, employers have the right to discipline or terminate, with impunity, for any reason. IBEW works to establish contracts between the employers and employees that will satisfy the needs of both parties. Coordinated through the efforts of NECA New York, the Joint Industry Board of the electrical industry and Local Union #3, the training and education that is provided for members is unparalleled in the industry.

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ELECTRICTV is a jointly funded creation of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW). It is a new, fast-paced, televised magazine show available on the internet through streaming media technology and available free-of-charge by viewing or subscribing at

Through up-to-date video and new story segments, these programs educate viewers on the modernization of existing infrastructures, the application of better business practices and strategies to implement important safety measures. Programs also provide a snapshot of where technology is moving the industry by highlighting innovative technological uses and applications.

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