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By collective bargaining agreements, labor disputes in the industry are referred to the Council on Industrial Relations and parties to the disputes are pledged to abide by the result of this voluntary arbitration procedure. It hears disputes that cannot be settled locally and makes decisions. As a result of this procedure, millions of dollars in lost wages have been saved for electrical workers and millions of dollars in lost business opportunities have been preserved for electrical contractors.

The Council was founded in 1920, and it is sponsored by the IBEW and NECA. It is composed of a panel of 12 regular members and alternates, half of whom are appointed by each sponsoring organization.

When selecting NECAs appointees to serve on the Council, the President is guided by the recommendations contained in the Board of Governors 1953 Resolution regarding the matter. Experience has shown that the geographical location of members is relatively unimportant. However, a measure of consideration is given to it.

Regular meetings are held quarterly in February, May, August and November, at such times and place as may be selected by its Executive Committee. The Council adopts and publishes its own rules of procedure. It is not subject to the unilateral control of either of its sponsors. When in session, its members are expected to represent the industry, rather than either of the sponsoring organizations.

2020 Council on Industrial Relations

  • Larry Beltramo, Co-Chair
    Rosendin Electric Inc
    San Jose, CA
  • David Long, Co-Chair
    Miller Electric Company
    PO Box 1799
    Jacksonville, FL 32201-1799
  • Wes Anderson, Co-Chair
    Vice President Disctrict 4
    Aderson Electric Inc
    Springfield, IL
  • Scott Bringmann, Co-Chair
    Vice President District 6
    Alcan Electrical & Eng Inc
    Anchorage, AK
  • Geary M Higgins, Treasurer
    Vice President, Labor Relations
    NECA Inc
    3 Bethesda Metro Center #1100
    Bethesda, MD 20814
  • Rilo Stephens
    Atlanta Chapter
    Eckardt Electric Company
    Atlanta, GA
  • Darran V Ayres
    Missouri Valley Line Constructors Chapter
    J F Electric Inc
    100 Lakefront Parkway PO Box 570
    Edwardsville, IL 62025
  • Mark Walter
    Northwest Line Constructors Chapter
    Christenson Electrical INC
    17201 NE Sacramento St
    Portland, OR 97230
  • Craig Clark
    Rocky Mountain Chapter
    Dynalectric Company
    345 Sheridan Blvd
    Lakewood, CO 80226
  • Jules W Weaver
    Western Line Constructors Chapter
    1275 E Fort Union Blvd #203
    Midvale, UT 84047
  • Michael Gilchrist
    Northeastern Line Constructors Chapter
    700 White Plains Rd #271
    Scarsdale, NY 10583-5063
  • Shane Snyder (Future Leader)
    Arizona Chapter
    Cannon & Wendt Electric Co Inc
    4020 N 16th St
    Phoenix, AZ 85016-5920
  • Michael B Joyce
    Greater Cleveland Chapter
    Zenith Systems LLC
    Bedford Heights, OH
  • Joseph Kellams, Alternate
    Executive Director
    Eastern Region NECA
    2558 Waterbridge Way
    Evansville, IN 47710-3200
  • Mark A Kawolsky
    Central Illinois Chapter NECA
    4319 Entec Dr
    Bartonville, IL 61607-2778
  • Steve Krieg, Alternate
    Executive Director
    Midwestern Region NECA
    4100 Edison Lakes Pkwy #170
    Mishawaka, IN 46545-3465
  • Marvin 'Barney' Pottebaum
    Iowa Chapter
    Thompson Electric Company
    Sioux City, IA
  • Bill C Orgill, Alternate
    Executive Director
    Western Region NECA
    300 Deschutes Way SW Suite 201
    Tumwater, WA 98501-7719
  • Eric Sivertsen
    Northern New Jersey Chapter
    Mountainside, NJ
  • Jonathan T Osborn, Alternate
    Executive Director
    Southern Region NECA
    17100 E Shea Blvd Suite 300
    Fountain Hills, AZ 85268-6654