NECA strives to offer best-in-class services and programs
to its members every year.
Through direct contractor
engagement and subsequent
feedback at both the national
and chapter level, NECA is
working towards delivering
maximum value to its
NECA has engaged RCI Inc., a company that has been finding workers for employers on
a national level for 45 years. RCI Inc. specializes in using social media to contact, identify
and enlist skilled workers. In July, the Central Florida Chapter and Local Union 606 utilized
the company’s talent for outreach to achieve their goal of getting 130 potential employees
to attend an event. Beyond Industry Nights, NECA chapters are realizing the great need to
reestablish a presence and relationship with school counselors. Beyond participation in local
career day activities, NECA works with the IBEW and through the electrical training ALLIANCE
to revisit outreach and development of partnerships with local schools, particularly vocational
technical high schools and colleges.
NECA continues to work with member contractors to find the skilled workers needed now
and in the future. Redesigning Industry Nights to function as a job fair jointly sponsored by
the IBEW membership development team and NECA contractors is crucial to finding skilled
workers new to our endeavors. Reaching the technologically savvy younger generation
with tools like Talent Locator and Neighborhood Network provided by RCI Inc. is enhancing
outreach efforts to potential skilled workers. Finally, re-establishing our presence and
partnerships with local school guidance counselors, parents and students by highlighting
developing career pathways within the electrical industry will not only attract the skilled
workers needed today, but also the next generation of supervisors, foremen, engineers and
contractor-owners for our electrical industry.
The Value of Membership Task Force was created in early 2015 at the direction of NECA
President David A. Hardt. This task force was specifically developed to better understand
and define the value NECA provides for its members and subsequently increase member
The task force is comprised of a diverse group of NECA members, NECA leaders, chapter
management, and field representatives to provide a variety of perspectives. In addition to
several meetings throughout the year, the task force is also active in promoting its efforts
at NECA events and has solicited multiple surveys on delivering membership value and
Over the past year, the task force discussions centered on two major areas of growth:
strengthening the chapter manager role, and allowing members more flexibility in choosing
communication preferences. In addition, the task force recognizes that greater feedback from
the membership is needed.
To gain a broader understanding, the task force launched a nationwide focus group study
across NECA’s 119 chapters. This study requests chapter members to discuss a series of high level
questions surrounding NECA value and services and how these programs are communicated.
This study will wrap up in January 2016 and guide the task force in understanding the needs
of the members in delivering resources and information over the next year.