On October 25, NECA’s Penn-Del-Jersey Chapter met with Rep. Donald Norcross (D-NJ) in Philadelphia along with other local labor and management groups. Norcross, an IBEW member and the only electrician in Congress, serves on the House Armed Services and the House Budget Committees. In March, Norcross, along with Representative David McKinley (R-WV), started the bipartisan Congressional Building Trades Caucus to advance the interest of the American worker by discussing issues that affect the millions of men and women in the construction industry. NECA strongly supports the work of the Caucus and has been encouraging representatives to join the caucus since its introduction.
At the meeting, NECA members discussed the value of the Building Trades’ joint apprentice programs and some of the challenges that may be on the Caucus’ agenda for next year. They also discussed the immediate need for congressional approval of multiemployer pension reform, specifically composite plan design, to give trustees more options to responsibly manage their pension funds. Pictured from left to right are Shawn Duff of Carr & Duff, Chapter Government Affairs Manager Helen Levins, Business Manager of IBEW 98 John Dougherty, Rep. Norcross, Michael Callanan of MC3 Consulting, and Director of Apprentice Training Michael Neill of the IBEW98/NECA Apprentice Program.