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By Joe Salimando Salimando is a Fairfax, Virginia-based writer and contributor to energysolutions.necanet.org, eleblog.com, and tedmag.com. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Obviously, the answer to the question above is YES. Most contractors I’ve met will, when asked, enthusiastically provide instances where one or another of their employees – comes up with remarkable ideas, finds shortcuts that … Read more
It’s a question that’s meant to be sarcastic. People ask it when they know things are bad, and they expect a sarcastic response in return. I’ve heard it asked a lot over the past three years. So you may be surprised that my response is not sarcastic at all. This may be one of the … Read more
Forgive me (pun intended) for the title, but I love the apps on my Smartphone. I have a Droid phone that features some of the Google-based apps. I especially like the GPS-type ones that are great when I travel. I can find restaurants, coffee shops, ATM machines, gas stations, motels and more with a click … Read more
I have been watching coverage of the 100th anniversary of Ronald Reagan’s birth. I learned that, between his acting and political careers, Reagan spent time as a spokesman for General Electric. Traveling the country and speaking to large groups, he honed his message and solidified the values that helped make him a great leader. NECA … Read more
One of the more satisfying things in life is to create something. Sometimes that’s in the form of taking an idea and turning it into reality. Seeing others accept and even embrace what you helped create is most satisfying of all. I just returned from a meeting of the ELECTRI Council in Scottsdale, Arizona, where … Read more
In past years around this time, I have asked the NECA staff to reveal their Christmas wish lists or New Year’s resolutions. This year I decided to ask them what they are thankful for. I did this after reading a newspaper article that claims giving thanks is good for you. It stated that a growing … Read more
When I started this blog, my intended audience was NECA-member electrical contractors. But as the readership grew and the posting were reprinted on my Facebook page, I’ve found that quite a few IBEW local unions and members are regular readers. So with Labor Day approaching, I thought I would write this posting with them in … Read more
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The time has come for us to take a final stand on health care legislation. We need to oppose the bill that’s on the table.
We tried to be supportive. We worked to shape the legislation into something acceptable. We championed the Merkley amendment which made the coverage mandates fairer for the construction industry. But the Merkley amendment is being stripped from the final legislation, and, in the final analysis, there is little for us to support.
How many electrical contractors work on a construction site that’s 65 miles long? If you’re a line constructor, it’s no big deal. A couple weeks ago, I and several other staff from NECA’s national office were invited to visit a line construction job site in Northern Virginia. We were hosted by NECA District 10 VP … Read more