Chapter Corner

Newsroom & Insights: September 2017

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Build a Proactive Plan to Find Good Help!

I am tired of hearing contractors say they can’t find any good or trained help. When all they do is complain about their problems, they’ve decided to be negative and not develop positive solutions to their problems. I get calls and emails all the time from contractors asking how to find help. When people don’t apply, you can’t hire them. And when you don’t take out a help wanted ad, they won’t apply. And “yes,” it costs money and a proactive plan to recruit good people to work for your company!

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Why Come to IECCon?

There is no better feeling than that of independence. Having the knowledge is having the power to be independent.
IECCon is truly the place to get and keep that feeling. So come get connected and make some new lifelong friends at our biggest event of the year!

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IEC National President Testifies Before Congress on Labor Shortage

On Sept. 7, 2017, IEC National President Bruce Seilhammer testified before the House Small Business Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Tax, and Capital Access at a hearing titled, "Examining the Small Business Labor Market..."

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September 2017 Southeast Region Update

We are looking forward to joining you soon at IECCon17, October 25-28, in Phoenix, AZ, celebrating the 60th anniversary of IEC...

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Permanent Injunction Issued on Overtime Rule

Last week, a federal judge Texas struck down the Obama-era overtime rule...

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IEC Tells DOL to Rescind the Persuader Rule

IEC submitted comments in response to the U.S. Department of Labor’s notice of proposed rulemaking to rescind the Obama administration’s persuader rule...

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IEC Testifies Before Congress on Labor Shortage

On September 7, IEC National President Bruce Seilhammer testified before the House Small Business Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Tax, and Capital Access at a hearing titled, “Examining the Small Business Labor Market...”

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Green is Good, Green With Prefab is Better

As an increasing number of owners and jurisdictions adopt or specify local, state, or international codes or standards in support of green building options, strategies to cost effectively conform become increasingly vital for your organization. From the standpoint of a building’s or facility’s total life-cycle cost and impact, sustainable, green, or living building design and construction can prove to be a viable option for lower total cost of ownership.

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In the Zone of Protection

Arc flash continues to receive attention in our industry with both codes and standards requirements complemented by a decent assembly of technologies that help to reduce the amount of energy available in the electrical distribution system. When employing incident energy technologies, we must understand what is and is not provided with regard to incident energy reduction, ensuring those who must perform energized work understand the abilities of these technologies. Let’s explore a few of these technologies to better understand what is and is not provided for the worker.

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Technology ... What's Next?

As an electrical contractor, technological advances have led to additional opportunities and challenges. We have all seen how they can affect an increase in productivity in the field and in the office, and I’m sure we all can relate to some of the headaches associated with these same changes.

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