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IEC Goes to Capitol Hill

May 6-8, IEC members congregated in Washington D.C., for the annual IEC National Legislative Conference.

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Lighting a Path to LEDs

As someone steeped in the world of residential and commercial lighting, Christopher Thompson, principal of Studio Lux, Seattle and Los Angeles, recognizes that lighting accounts for roughly 12 percent of U.S. electricity consumption. So he routinely specifies LEDs to lighten the load. They are a whopping 85 percent more energy-efficient than incandescent bulbs and are expected to last 20-some years. Yet the conversion has been bumpy, to say the least. With technology advancements continuing apace, "You have to do a deep dive to understand where [LED technology] has come from and where it's headed," he says.

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Online Transactions

The World is becoming increasingly digitized everyday and it is increasing efficiency and broadening our information intake. I am one of the biggest supporters of online information sharing through interactive websites and social media. Communication that used to be one-way has now evolved to an open dialog thanks to the emergence of online interaction.

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How do You Define Leadership?

Looking forward and thinking of how we define leadership, the first thing that comes to mind is the role I assume when running a business. Yet, leadership is used in every facet of our lives; we use our leadership skills in a family setting and other personal or professional organizations in which we belong. In every case, there are rules, policies, and/or bylaws that we have to follow, and how we handle these rules in our daily lives demonstrates our leadership style. Do we use these rules to dictate what is expected of someone, or do we use them as more of a guide to follow? From my experience, the latter option has always led to greater success and a better overall leadership experience.

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Eaton Collaborates with IEC to Promote Electrical Safety and Study Industry Awareness of Electrical Counterfeiting

Eaton today announced it is collaborating with Independent Electrical Contractors (IEC) to promote electrical safety and raise awareness of the dangers of counterfeit electrical products.

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Senate Unveils Immigration Reform Bill

On Wednesday, the bipartisan so-called “Gang of Eight” of U.S. Senators unveiled their immigration overhaul package, a product of months of closed-door negotiations with business groups and big labor. The bill is intended to address the status of millions of illegal immigrants currently living in the country, provide new enforcement measures, and restructure our nation’s guest worker program. The proposal has received a lukewarm reception at best, with some business groups concerned about the bill’s ability to meet their workforce needs.

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Code Q&A

Over the course of my career, I have been asked several code-related questions by both apprentices and other experienced contractors. Here I answer some of the most popular questions.

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IEC Reacts to New NLRB Nominations

Yesterday, President Barack Obama nominated two Republicans and renominated an existing Democrat member to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). The nominations come as the U.S. House of Representatives prepares to vote on legislation this week that would prohibit the Board from taking major actions or issuing decisions until it has a legally operating, Senate-confirmed quorum of members.

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STRESS: More than Just Structural

As an electrical professional, we are no different than many others when it comes to stress; we deal with deadlines, commitments, financials, and other tasks associated with managing the business. and other tasks associated with managing the business. Stress is our body’s normal reaction to events that pull us in different directions. The effect of stress in our daily lives is sometimes quite visible but then again often it is not. Stress can be healthy but just like anything, too much can be unhealthy. Your mood, productivity, concentration, and general over-all health concerns are just a few negative results for someone under a lot of stress. For the electrical professional, stress has other possible safety impacts as things may become more complicated, especially for those who may find themselves working in and around energized equipment.

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The High Cost of an Untrained Workforce

Zero Defects is a common business practice which aims to reduce and minimize the number of defects and errors in a process and to do things right the first time. The ultimate aim will be to reduce the level of defects to zero. However, this may not be possible in practice and what it means is that everything possible will be done to eliminate the likelihood of errors or defects occurring, and to fix any issues that are discovered.

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