A recently launched initiative by IEC, called Emerging Leaders, is already reaping benefits. At the national level, the program is informal, consisting of a number of courses and programs being offered by IEC at conventions and other conferences. However, the program is already being formalized in at least two IEC chapters: IEC Rocky Mountain and IEC Atlanta.
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On March 5, the House Committee on Education and the Workforce held a hearing to examine the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) reintroduction of a rule to dramatically shorten the election window during union organizing campaigns to as little as 10 days. This proposed change to election procedures, commonly referred to as “ambush elections,” is detrimental to both employees and management as it hastens the union election process and significantly cuts the time employees have to review all of the facts.
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Power management company Eaton and the Independent Electrical Contractors (IEC) today announced results from a joint survey of IEC members that validates the importance of educational campaigns focusing on the dangers and prevalence of counterfeit electrical products. The survey results indicate that educational programs are helping to increase awareness of the dangers of counterfeit products and providing the tools needed to make informed purchasing decisions, key learnings that will help increase electrical safety. The results also reveal that more work is needed to share best practices and encourage collaboration in order to thwart counterfeiting.
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The number one marketing question from electricians is, “What do I do?” The second is, “When do I do it?” The right answer to each question takes planning. The effective contractor marketer knows the answers long before the questions are asked.
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Written by Gary Golka
 

As we mature and find our true passion in life, the word learning begins to take on a new meaning. For so much of our lives learning is a necessary task that we do to become more educated and prepare ourselves for a career. We take English, Math, and History to fulfill requirements and increase basic intellect. When the time comes for a student to choose a career path, they select classes that will equip them with the proper skill set.
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Written by Melissa Grigsby
 

Whether you are just beginning your career in the electrical contracting industry or have a few years under your belt, IEC offers the opportunity for learning at every level of expertise.
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