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Newsroom & Insights: June 2014

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Ask Your Senators to Support Reauthorization of the Workforce Investment Act

As soon as today, the U.S. Senate will consider a bipartisan, bicameral legislative agreement to reauthorize and modernize the Workforce Investment Act (WIA), which provides funding and programs that are integral to the education and training of the next generation of highly skilled electrical workers.

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Supreme Court Rules Recess Appointments to NLRB Unconstitutional

In a unanimous judgment issued this morning after months of deliberation, the Supreme Court of the United States upheld an earlier ruling by a lower court that President Obama’s 2012 appointees to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) made while the Senate was in pro forma session circumvented the Senate confirmation process and were serving unconstitutionally. IEC, as part of the Coalition for a Democratic Workplace, submitted an amicus brief to the Supreme Court in the case.

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Congressional Leaders Announce Deal on WIA Reauthorization

As attendees of IEC’s 2014 National Legislative Conference took to Capitol Hill in support of reauthorizing the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) on May 21, key House and Senate leaders on the respective committees overseeing WIA in each chamber announced a bipartisan, bicameral compromise bill to reauthorize and improve workforce investment programs through 2020: the Workforce Investment and Opportunity Act (WIOA).

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Cantor Primary Loss Shakes Up Republican Leadership

Last week, a Virginia primary stunned pollsters and political insiders as House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-07) fell to a previously little-known primary challenger with only $84,000 in the bank and a flip phone to run his campaign. Few national media outlets were following the race before the precinct results began coming in, which showed Cantor trailing his opponent by more than 10 points; pre-election polling had placed Cantor at a 30+ point lead.

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IEC National EVP/CEO Thayer Long Elected to the ESFI Board of Directors

The Independent Electrical Contractors’ (IEC) National Executive Vice President/CEO Thayer Long has been elected to the Electrical Safety Foundation International’s (ESFI) Board of Directors. Long’s nomination was unanimously approved at an ESFI Board of Directors meeting.

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NEC and Worker Safety

The National Electrical Code® (NEC) is a document that seeks the practical safeguarding of persons and property from hazards arising from the use of electricity. This document offers value to those who work on electrical systems. The NEC is an installation code that includes provisions from which the electrical contractors benefit. These provisions exist in the system for years after the structure is built and in operation.

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Code Corner - May/June 2014

We bought a home with early 1920s knob and tube wiring as per the home inspection survey, and our plan is to remodel several areas. Can we keep this system in place and add to it?

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Where Have The Dollars Gone?

There is a song called “Where Have All the Flowers Gone,” but my question is, “Where have all the profits gone?” Profit dollars that you don’t even realize you were holding in your hand, and they slipped through your fingers without you realizing you were holding onto them. There are many areas in the contracting world that money is made and money is lost. Let’s examine some of them so that you will understand that besides adding a profit of 10 percent to a job and hoping you make it, controlling your business through good management, a set of rules that everyone follows, and the accountability of employees will increase your bottom line.

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Infrared Certification Comparison: Importance of Proper Training

About a decade ago, thermal imagers (necessary for infrared thermography) were out of reach for most contractors due to the high cost to purchase. Infrared technology is now more affordable. Paired with great training to ensure proper use of the technology, the use of infrared cameras can become a huge asset for many businesses.

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Cracking the Code for National Electrical Safety Month

American life has drastically changed since the National Electrical Code® (NEC) was first established in 1897. Even at the time when the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) became the sponsor of the NEC in 1911, only about one quarter of American homes were electrified. In contrast, the average American home today has more television sets than people. As our dependence on electricity increases and our home technology evolves, it is important that consumers understand the importance of updating their home electrical systems to keep up with these demands.

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