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Supreme Court Rules Against Public Sector Unions

Late June, the United States Supreme ruled that it’s unconstitutional for the government to require public-sector employees to pay union dues...

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More Threatening Labor Legislation Introduced

As you may recall, Sen. Bernie Sanders’s (I-VT) and Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI) recently introduced a labor law reform bill, known as the Workplace Democracy Act, that included almost every desired reform on the unions wish list...

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Perkins Legislation Advances in the Senate

Prior to the Independence Day recess, the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions unanimously approved via voice vote a bill reauthorizing the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act...

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IEC Participates in Congressional Apprenticeship Caucus Roundtable

Yesterday, IEC participated in the first event of the bipartisan Apprenticeship Caucus on Capitol Hill...

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Electrical Safety and NEC Compliance: A Roundtable Discussion

Electrical safety continues to dominate industry conversations as professionals across the country seek opportunities to improve their understanding of current safety trends and brush up on best practices for ensuring safety in both the products they purchase and their installation...

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IEC Foundation Awards Grants to Support Electrical Apprentices

The Independent Electrical Contractors Foundation recently awarded grants to support the future growth and training of electrical apprentices...

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IEC introduces new and improved IEC Pride Store

IEC has formed a strategic partnership with leading business product supplier Office Sensei to bring you a new and improved IEC Pride Store...

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The Single-Line Diagram: Important for Safety

The single-line diagram (SLD) is an essential tool for the electrical professional that all too often gets overlooked at the end of the project. Budgets get spent on many things and it may be easy for someone, who doesn’t understand the importance of this document for electrical safety, to put off updating the single-line diagrams. This could be an opportunity for the electrical contractor to own and maintain this valuable resource. The challenge is conveying the value proposition to the right people to ensure the money is in the budget to fund the maintenance of this document. Let’s take time here to help build the safety case for supporting the single-line diagram.

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Protection Without Exception

Since the 1960s, receptacles and circuit breakers with GFCI technology have become standard in homes to protect occupants from electric shock. Required by the NEC for outlets located in certain wet or damp locations, such as near bathroom sinks, kitchen countertops, bathtubs, and showers, GFCI receptacles monitor variations in the electrical current flowing through the line. In instances where a person accidentally becomes part of an electrical circuit, a GFCI receptacle would immediately trip, preventing electrical current from going through a person on its way to ground. It’s a technology that can save lives.

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Seven Impacts of Ergonomics

Money is tight in our industry. Businesses are working to perform the job faster and more competitive to win bids and grow revenue. May is National Electrical Safety Month — a good time to direct attention to the most important asset in your company, the people. Safety discussions should include ergonomics and the seven ways that ergonomics may impact your staff every day.

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