About NECA

About the Albany Chapter of NECA

Incorporated in 1938 as the Albany Electrical Contractors Association (AECA), the Albany Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association is the regional chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) serving Albany, Columbia, Fulton, Hamilton, Montgomery, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Warren, Washington Counties and part of Greene County.

The AECA-Albany Chapter of NECA represents 21 member contractors and 50 electrical contractors who have signed on to the Collective Bargaining Agreements negotiated with The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local Union 236.

Locally our members employ more than 1,000 workers who perform over 2 million man hours of work per year. The members and their employees are local residents that support their communities and strive every day to make New York’s Capital Region a better place to live.

The Albany Chapter serves its members providing labor relations, educational services, government affairs, marketing, technical services and what we feel is an overall creation of a better business environment.

The AECA-Albany Chapter of NECA and NECA are dedicated to enhancing the industry through continuing education, labor relations, current information and promotional activities.  We are the voice of the electrical contracting industry, working to promote higher standards, quality workmanship and training for a skilled workforce.

NECA contractors strive to be true construction partners with building owners, developers, and general contractors. A NECA contractor is the best resource for any and all electrical needs, including power supply, fiber optics, telecommunications, security systems, wireless networks, and lighting. NECA contractors set industry standards for traditional electrical systems, as well as newer integrated systems. They develop engineered solutions to meet existing and emerging customer needs. They also lead the industry in the practical application of new technologies.

Our Purpose:  Provide superior service to the best union electrical contractors.

Our Mission:  Enhance, promote, and represent our contractors and the electrical construction industry.

A NECA contractor is your best resource for any and all electrical needs, including power supply, fiber optics, telecommunications, security systems, wireless networks, and lighting.

What is the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA)?

The National Electrical Contractors Association is a national trade association that serves the electrical construction industry and is the voice of the $130 billion industry responsible for bringing electrical power, lighting, and communications to buildings and communities across the United States.

NECA’s national office, chapters, and member contractors have long practiced constructive and responsible labor relations in concert with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), the world’s oldest and largest union of electrical workers. Peaceful settlement of grievances and jurisdictional disputes are implemented at NECA’s national and local levels through cooperative forums.

NECA is dedicated to enhancing the industry through continuing education, labor relations, current information and promotional activities and is committed to promoting higher standards, quality workmanship and training for a skilled workforce for the electrical contracting industry.

NECA provides its members services that include:

  • Business management
  • Education
  • Public relations
  • Market training
  • Technical information
  • Research and development
  • Communications
  • Labor relations
  • Insurance programs
  • Safety programs and construction industry leadership

While most contractors do not have the resources to achieve this wide range of services individually, it can be accomplished through NECA because of the collective efforts of all its members.

Electrical contractors count on NECA to deliver the resources that help them make better business decisions, provide excellent customer service, and take advantage of innovative technology. NECA’s national office and local chapters advance the electrical construction industry through advocacy, education, research, and standards development.

Why Become An Albany Chapter NECA Member?

Electrical contracting companies of any size and specialty benefit from NECA’s strength and influence in the industry.  NECA fights for its members and protects their interests in an ever changing and competitive market.

Establishing strong labor relations, NECA assures its contractors are heard by the other side of the table. NECA guides the development of legislation that impacts NECA contractors and the electrical contracting industry.  NECA is there when new codes and standards are written.

Partnerships with safety organizations like OSHA make certain NECA members are going to be treated fairly.

NECA’s voice is heard in the electrical contracting industry.  And that voice represents the kind of professional, quality electrical contractors who respect smart competition and lasting relationships that benefit them personally and professionally.  They are the best in their industry, and NECA is the industry leader.

As an Albany Chapter NECA member you will:

Build effective and productive labor relations.

  • By having a say in the identification of issues and development of positions for negotiating collective bargaining agreements.

Command the attention of government representatives and policy makers.

  • By being a part of a national and state level legislative advocacy program.

Have the tools you need to succeed in a changing and competitive market.

  • Receive access to smart phone and tablet apps that improve safety, provide up-to-date news on industry trends and issues, assist with political advocacy, and provide digital access to the award winning Electrical Contractor
  • Be able to access classroom and on-line courses to help your business.

Have access to educational programs to enhance management skills such as:

  • Pre-construction planning
  • Basic estimating of electrical construction
  • Schedule compression
  • Project management
  • BIM

Acquire cutting-edge research ahead of the industry.

  • Access to member only research papers and studies from the ELECTRI Council and others.

Lower costs with member discounts and value added services.

  • Membership in NECA allows you to take advantage of discounts offered by premier partners in: PPE & apparel, office products, shipping, business development tools, car rentals and fleet maintenance & fuel, equipment rental, and industry publications.
  • Attract new customers through NECA’s contractor search, the NECA Connection. The #1 hit Google hit to find an electrical contractor.

Automatically become a member of the New York State Electrical Contractors Association with access to:

  • Group Insurance Programs
  • Workers’ Compensation 175 participating firms
  • Property & Casualty – Harleysville Insurance Co. 140 participating firms
  • NYS Disability Benefits
  • Workplace Benefits Program – Allstate Insurance Co.
  • Long Term Care – John Hancock Co.
  • Publications
  • Legal Monitor
  • Legislative Update
  • Journal (Recap of NYSEC activities)