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NJECPAC is a Continuing Political Committee (CPC). A CPC is any group of two or more persons acting jointly, or any corporation, partnership, or any other incorporated or unincorporated association, civic association or other organization, which in any calendar year contributes to aid or promote the candidacy of an individual, or the candidacies of individuals, for elective public office, or the passage or defeat of a public question or public questions, lobby for the passage or defeat of certain legislative bills introduced in the NJ Legislature in accordance with N.J.S.A. 19:44A-8(b). A CPC is frequently referred to as Political Action Committee (PAC). The NJECPAC was formed to provide funding for legislative initiatives of its members and its member organizations representing the interests of Electrical Contractors, Small Businesses and Taxpayers throughout the State of New Jersey.

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Join Us For Our 2014 Family Fun Summer Networking Event

Missed Our 2013 Summer Fun Family Picnic?
 
There is Still Time To Register For Our July 17, 2014 Event

Email Us that you will be attending, njecpac@comcast.net
Bring Your Check to the Event, And See Us At The Gate For Your Ticket 


       Join Us For An Evening Of Summer Family Fun
July 17, 2012 6:00PM

Bring Your Family, Friends, Colleagues, Neighbors & Clients

The Picnic Packages Includes All Of These GREAT Features!
  • Ticket to the game
  • Private picnic area for the whole game, with your OWN party host.
  • Complete BBQ grill for approx. 90 minutes featuring delicious baseball fare. ~ Hot dogs, Hamburgers, Cheeseburgers, Grilled Chicken, Pasta Salad, Chips, Cookies, and more!
  • Unlimited Draft Beer, Soda and Bottled Water until the 7th Inning
  • 10% discount coupon for the Strike Zone gift shop.
  • Group recognition during the game.
Adults:                $65.00
Children:            $30.00

Corporate, Association, and Individual Sponsorships
Are Also Available

 
For more information,
please contact: 
Joe Coviello - 201-410-5487 or
Email the NJECPAC at njecpac@comcast.net


                                                   

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Congress Moves Job Training Reform and Higher Education Bills


Congress Sends Job Training Reform Bill to President's Desk
Legislation to update the Workforce Investment Act, overdue for reauthorization for more than a decade, is headed to the president’s desk following overwhelming bipartisan support from both houses of Congress. The Senate and House authors of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) applauded the passage of the bill, which seeks to update and improve the nation’s workforce development system. The legislation was approved this week by a vote of 415 to 6 by the House of Representatives; it was approved by the Senate last month by a vote of 95 to 3 and will be signed into law by President Obama. 

"There is longstanding, bipartisan agreement that the current workforce development system is broken, and this bill turns that consensus into action,” said Representative Virginia Foxx (R-NC). “The bipartisan, bicameral process through which the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act was developed serves as an example of what we can accomplish when we work together. This legislation is important for the millions of Americans who are looking for work and for the employers who have 4.6 million job opportunities that remain unfilled due to the skills gap." 

On Friday, bipartisan leaders gathered together as Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) signed the ​Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act​. To view photos of this important event, click here
 
Committee Advances Bipartisan Bills to Strengthen Higher Education System
The House Education and the Workforce Committee advanced three bipartisan bills to reform the nation’s higher education system. As part of an effort to reauthorize the Higher Education Act, the legislative proposals will support innovation, strengthen transparency, and enhance financial counseling.

“We made important progress in our effort to strengthen the nation’s higher education system,” said Chairman John Kline (R-MN). “These bipartisan proposals will make a difference in the lives of students and families. My colleagues are to be commended for their hard work in making this a strong bipartisan endeavor. I look forward to House consideration of these proposals and the work that lies ahead.”  Read More.


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Friday, June 27, 2014

Supreme Court strikes down NLRB appointments


National Labor Relations Board

The Supreme Court handed the Obama administration a major defeat on Thursday, striking down three of the president's recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board. 

In a unanimous 9-0 ruling, the Supreme Court justices found the president had overstepped his powers by making recess appointments while the Senate was not in recess, rather than waiting until they adjourned to a true congressional recess.


This is a huge win for all those that understood that the Presidents action were a clear Executive over reach and worked diligently to bring this issue to the Supreme Court. We especially want to thank our member Association The Independent Electrical Contractors Association (IEC) for their diligent work on this very important case Read More Here  


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Monday, May 26, 2014

Memorial Day 2014

A Soldier Is Someone Who, At One Point Wrote A Blank Check Made Payable To The United States of America For An Amount Up To And Including Their Own Life

A True Soldier Fights Not Because They Hate What Is In
Front Of Them, But Because They Love What Is Behind Them

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Thursday, July 4, 2013

Where Liberty Dwells


Our Lives, Our Fortunes, and Our Sacred Honor
Two hundred thirty seven years ago, our forefathers sat in a hot room with closed windows arguing over the future of the thirteen colonies they represented. For a while they had thought of reconciliation with their motherland. But over time it became clear that neither King nor Parliament were interested in anything other than submission.
These fifty-six men did what had not been done before them.
They outlined their grievances on paper, declared their independence, and signed their names so both King and Parliament would know who the traitors were. The act was treason punishable by death. Some of them did die. Some were bankrupted. Many lost their homes and property. Some saw their wives and children taken and abused. But none recanted. All held firm.
237 years later we view the unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America in the abstract. The grievances are distant if not surreal. But it was very real to them.
The United States of America today stands 69 years removed from D-Day.
D-Day was 79 years from the end of the Civil War, and 81 years removed from Gettysburg, which we are now 150 years separated from in time and history.
The beginning of the Civil War was 85 years from 1776 and only 72 years from the constitution being enacted.
The Revolution was only 88 years from the Glorious Revolution — a revolution from which we are separated by a chasm of 325 years.
It was the Glorious Revolution that so influenced our founders. It was not abstract to them. It was not far removed. It was an event in the lifetimes of some of their grand parents. Parliament’s supremacy was asserted. The British subjects became citizens and acquired certain rights under the Bill of Rights of 1689 while others from the Magna Carta were reinforced. Among the rights derived from the Glorious Revolution were prohibitions on taxation without representation in Parliament, prohibitions on a standing army, the right to petition the King without prosecution, the prohibition on dispensing with Acts of Parliament, and the prohibition of fines and forfeitures before convictions of crimes.
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Sunday, June 23, 2013

Unions To Accompany OSHA Inspectors On Non Union Job Sites

IEC Strongly Opposes Rule Sanctioning Union Participation on OSHA Inspections


On February 21, 2013, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a letter of interpretation addressed to Mr. Steve Sallman of the United Steel, Paper and Forestry, Rubber, Manufacturing, Energy, Allied Industrial and Service Workers International Union (USW) explicitly endorsing union representatives and other non-employee third parties to accompany OSHA inspectors on walk-around inspections at non-union workplaces. 
 
The Coalition for Workplace Safety believes the interpretation is inconsistent with the statute and regulations. This letter of interpretation is bad policy implemented through a non-transparent closed process. IEC joined 56 organizations to send a letter to OSHA communicating our displeasure that such a policy did not go through the normal rule-making process and was issued as a letter of interpretation. IEC will continue to monitor this situation closely. 


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Saturday, June 22, 2013

A Bill to stop a hike in unemployment insurance taxes is headed to Gov. Chris Christie's desk. 

The legislation S2404 A3675, which would stop a 10% unemployment insurance surcharge that would otherwise take effect on July 1st was passed unanimously by the Assembly and Senate. 

The increase is intended to replenish the States Unemployment Trust Fund, Business Organizations such as NFIB and New Jersey IEC say but now is not the time to increases taxes on businesses still struggling to pull their business out of the effects of the great recession.

"The addition of the pending Unemployment Insurance Surcharge would prevent businesses including IEC member Electrical Contractors and our Partners throughout the State from adding the employees and equipment they need to grow their businesses in this still fragile economic climate," said Independent Electrical Contractors National Vice President Joseph Hovanec Jr.

"The fund is headed toward solvency, so this will maybe slow it down a little bit, but it's not going to stop it from getting to that point," said Laurie Ehlbeck, New Jersey Director of the NFIB and a member of the state's UI task force.

Ehlbeck said businesses already have been hit with other fees and cost increases, including health insurance rates, "The more money that is in employers' pockets, the more money they can use to either retain the employees they have or to possibly hire new ones," she said. 

Alison Littell McHose (R-Sparta), one of the sponsors of the bill in the Assembly, noted that unemployment has been falling in recent months. "This bill recognizes the need to work with the business community that creates the jobs in New Jersey," she said, in a statement. Read More

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Republicans Introduce NLRA Reforms to Protect Secret Ballot








Republicans Introduce NLRA Reforms to Protect Secret Ballot 
and Roll Back Micro-Union Scheme

Republicans yesterday introduced two legislative proposals that would protect workers’ right to secret ballot union elections and roll back the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) micro-union 

Secret Ballot Protection Act (H.R. 2346) Introduced by Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions Subcommittee Chairman Phil Roe (R-TN)

“As members of Congress, it is our job to prevent any assault on workers’ rights,” said Rep. Roe. "I believe it’s time we permanently strengthen workers’ freedoms, and that is why I introduced the Secret Ballot Protection Act. This legislation sides with every American worker because it protects his or her right to a secret ballot during union elections. This has nothing to do with whether you are pro- or anti-union; this is simply about giving workers the protection and freedom they deserve to make the best decision for themselves and their families without fear of retribution.”

Representation Fairness Restoration Act (H.R. 2347) Introduced by Rep. Tom Price (R-GA)

“In efforts to placate the Obama administration’s allies in organized labor, the NLRB has forfeited economic growth and forsaken the American worker,” said Rep. Price. “The Representation Fairness Restoration Act would reverse this harmful practice and restore the rights of America’s job creators and their employees. This sweeping federal regulation seeks only to satiate the interests of organized labor without regard for the welfare of the worker or the rights of the business owner.”

“The last thing workers need is special interests and government bureaucrats advancing policies that create division in workplaces and undermine their fundamental freedoms,” said Chairman John Kline (R-MN). “The legislation will protect workers’ right to a secret ballot election and end job-destroying micro-unions. Republicans will continue to advance solutions that promote the best interests of America’s workers and job creators.” Read More.


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Thursday, May 16, 2013

The Presidents NLRB Recess Appointments Struck Down Again


NJECPAC Chairman
Joe Coviello
CDW: Third Circuit Deals Another Blow To NLRB

A Second Court Finds Presidents “Recess” Appointments Illegal

NJECPAC applauds the Third Circuit US Court of Appeals' decision that declares the Presidents National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) recess appointments illegal. The Third Circuit is the second court to do so. 

The decision in New Vista Nursing and Rehabilitation v NLRB is the second such to deal a blow to the Obama administration. The other, Noel Canning v. NLRB was supported by business organizations, including CDW of which NJECPAC Sustaining Member New Jersey-IEC is a Member. 

Coalition for a Democratic Workplace  chairman Geoffrey Burr said, “This is yet more evidence the President went outside his constitutional authority and wrongly circumvented the role of the Senate as the administration attempted to stack the deck in favor of organized labor. Simply calling a long weekend a ‘recess’ in order to pack the NLRB was wrong, and so is the President’s effort to renominate those individuals who illegally held posts within the Board.” 

Now that two courts have ruled against the Presidents illegal NLRB appointments, New Jersey IEC will also urged the President to withdraw his current nominations and provide new more qualified nominees for consideration by the US Senate.


The decision in this case can be viewed here:

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Monday, April 29, 2013

Feds Accept Governors Sandy Disaster Recovery Action Plan


Stronger New Jersey Business Grants Available Soon!



Today, Governor Chris Christie and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan announced HUD's approval of New Jersey's Disaster Recovery Action Plan. The Action Plan outlines how the State will utilize $1.8 billion in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding to help homeowners, renters, businesses and communities impacted by Superstorm Sandy. 



Governor Christie has called on the EDA to advance the CDBG-funded programs that will support the recovery of New Jersey's storm-impacted businesses and communities. As a result of today's HUD approval, in the coming days EDA will be launching the first of its CDBG-funded business recovery programs - the Stronger New Jersey Business Grant Program. This program will provide up to $50,000 to small businesses and not-for-profit organizations that sustained physical damage from Superstorm Sandy.  

For more information regarding this grant program, please visit

Help spreading the word about these programs will be instrumental to business recovery in New Jersey, Please share this information with your membership and encourage them to register for program updates so they can be the first to know as these programs launch. More Info Here  The EDA Office of Recovery can be reached at 1-855-SANDY-BZ (1-855-726-3929).