Independent Electrical Contractors (IEC), a trade association for merit shop electrical contractors, attended this year’s Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C., held May 6 through May 8. This visit to Capitol Hill allowed IEC to speak on behalf of its members and others in the electrical industry on issues that affect how you run your organization. Issues addressed included:

·        Project Labor Agreements (PLAs)

·        NLRB Recess Appointments

·         Green Jobs Act and support for responsible job-creating energy policies

·         Workforce development funding

·        Responsibility in Federal Contracting Act

·        Death tax

IEC members Rob Stalvey and Tommy Stalvey of Ace Electric, Harvey and Jena Hammock of Integrated Electrical Services, and Niel Dawson, executive director of IEC Atlanta/Georgia, attended the conference. Ten meetings with 10 different congressional offices, bring the issues of the electrical industry front and center to an audience that could make a difference.  New people they connected with this year were Hank Johnson, the representative for Dekalb, and Jack Kingston, the representative for Savannah, Ga.