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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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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).

Monday, April 22, 2013

Contracting and Tax Accountability Act Heads To Senate


"To prohibit the awarding of a contract or grant in excess of the simplified acquisition threshold unless the prospective contractor or grantee certifies in writing to the agency awarding the contract or grant that the contractor or grantee has no seriously delinquent tax debts, and for other purposes".

The U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed House Resolution 882, Titled the Contracting and Tax Accountability Act of 2013.” The bill would ban the government from awarding contracts and grants unless the bidder certifies in writing that the individual or company does not have “seriously delinquent tax debts.” Rather than focusing on any tax debt of the company, the certification also focuses on the tax debt(s) of the individuals running the company.

The Legislation would ban the award of a contract to a “person with a seriously delinquent tax debt.” A corporation violates this standard if an officer or shareholder with a controlling interest in the company has an outstanding tax debt for which a notice of lien has been filed. A tax debt will not be considered “seriously delinquent” if it is being paid in through a payment agreement with the IRS or if there is a hearing request pending. 

The full text of the Legislation can be found here.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Insurers Warn of Obamacare-Induced Sticker Shock

Health Actuaries: Obamacare Rates Expected To Soar

Few aspects of the Affordable Care Act are more critical to its success than affordability, but in recent weeks experts have predicted costs for some health plans could soar next year.
Health law supporters are pushing back noting close ties between the actuaries making the forecasts and an insurance industry that has been complaining about taxes and other factors it says will lead to rate shock for consumers. The laws supporters ignore one elementary and simple fact. When costs rise for insurers those costs are passed along to consumers in the form of higher premiums. Read More

There is some good news for Electrical Contractors and some Businesses
Electrical Contractors and Businesses that are partnered with them have an opportunity for significant savings on their health care benefits. NJECPAC Partner Association New Jersey IEC has joined Association Master Trust (AMT). AMT is an unique not for profit multi-Association Health Benefits Plan offering a multitude of Medical and Dental plans at group rates. 
Even one person Companies that would not otherwise qualify for group rates under NJ Law are eligible for Group Rates on their Health Insurance through AMT. AMT utilizes the Blue Cross Provider Network and includes 'Blue Card' which includes the Blue Cross World Wide Network of Service Providers. 
AMT for Electrical Contractors is available exclusively through New Jersey IEC. Participants in AMT have seen Group plan savings in the hundreds and even thousands of dollars.  
For more information visit www.NJ-IEC.org or contact New Jersey Independent Electrical Contractors by phone at (973) 467-0027, fax: (973) 467-4066, email: executivedirector@nj-iec.org
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Saturday, April 13, 2013

Tell Governor Chris Christie To Veto Expansion If Project Labor Agreements

Urge Gov. Christie to Oppose Project Labor Agreements (PLA's) on Hurricane Sandy Relief Projects. PLA's mandate union only labor on public and private projects reducing fair market competition by 80%. A bill currently on Governor Christie’s desk would expand project labor agreements (PLAs) to bridges, roads, and water and sewer treatment plants that were damaged in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.

PLA's have been proven to add an additional 30% to the cost of Public and private construction. This is particularly troubling with the limited amount of funding to go around to make the repairs caused by Super Storm Sandy. PLA's will cause a funding shortfall that could leave some areas in ruins or at the very least cause long delays in repairs until an increase in taxpayer funding can be secured. 

The Independent Electrical Contractors (IEC) National Association
(www.ieci.org) and New Jersey-IEC (www.nj-iec.org
have established a quick and easy way for you to voice your opposition to this Legislation to the Governor. Please personalize the email to your company. For example, where you are located, how many employees, how long you have been in business, etc. 

Special thanks to IEC VP of Government Affairs Alexis Moch for facilitating this easy way for anyone to make their voice heard. 

Click Here to log in and send your message: 

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Friday, April 12, 2013


National Coalition Disappointed In President’s NLRB Selections

The Coalition for a Democratic Workplace has issued the following statement on behalf of Chairman Geoffrey Burr in response to reports that President Obama will add nominations that would create a National Labor Relations Board that includes Mark Pearce, Richard Griffin, Sharon Block:
“Today, the President failed workers and employers alike with his insincere proposal to reconstitute the National Labor Relations Board, an important workplace-related federal agency. If the President actually was serious about establishing a functioning NLRB for workers and employers, he would not have nominated Richard Griffin and Sharon Block, who accepted unconstitutional appointments and then chose to remain in those illegal appointments after a federal court vacated their tenure. Ms. Block and Mr. Griffin’s actions have caused unnecessary uncertainty in labor relations and our economy and, as a result, they are not suitable candidates. Read More
Make Your Voice Heard, Write Your Legislators Here
The Coalition for a Democratic Workplace is a coalition of workers, employers, associations and organizations who are fighting to protect the right to a federally supervised private ballot when workers are deciding whether or not to join a union. We are opposed to the so-called Employee Free Choice Act because it would strip Americans of that right and replace it with a system where your vote is no longer private, and it is made public to your employer, the union organizers and your co-workers.
More recently, appointees on the National Labor Relations Board have pushed Big Labor’s agenda to enact key portions of EFCA and EFCA-lite replacements through executive action and regulation. The aim of these efforts is to decrease the ability for employers to speak to employees, to decrease the ability of employees to access information from both sides and make an informed choice, and thereby increase the number of dues-paying union members. 
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Saturday, March 23, 2013

Small Businesses Misunderstand Health Care Mandate

A new survey shows that many small businesses misunderstand the employer mandate of the Affordable Care Act, which affects only businesses with the equivalent of at least 50 full-time workers. More than half of the 259 survey respondents -- all of whom do not meet the mandate threshold -- mistakenly thought they would be subject to the mandate. Read More On Bloomberg Businessweek | Read More At Entrepreneur online

The mandate is just the beginning of what is ahead for small businesses. Just one repercussion is every business will have to pay $63 per year for each employee and employee dependent on their company health care plan for each of the next three years. This is to pay for preexisting conditions that are now mandated to be covered under the law. 

The question remains how could these businesses not know how this law will effect them. One reason is many small business owners could not be bothered to belong to a credible Business Association within their field that would have provided them with National Regulatory and Legislative info important to them and their businesses. That is really the only viable explanation how these business owners could possibly be unaware of what Obamacare would mean to them and their businesses. 

They chose not to belong to save a few bucks on Association Dues, or perhaps because they believe they don't have the time or they believe that they do not need to belong to a National Association and prefer to belong to their local social club. They are full of Excuses, we have heard them all but now, they will pay for their isolation. Unlike Business Associations, Government laws and regulations offer NO Return on Investment. 

In addition to offering Association Group Healthcare for Electrical Contractors, The only Electrical Contractors Association in New Jersey offering State and National Regulatory and Legislative Affairs exclusively for Merit Shop Electrical Contractors is New Jersey IEC
New Jersey IEC has retained a Lobbyist in New Jersey and is represented by IEC's Vice President of Government Affairs on Staff at the IEC National Office in Alexandria Virginia. 

NJECPAC has partnered with New Jersey IEC to provide the most important of the myriad of Regulations and Legislative mandates effecting Electrical Contractors to NJECPAC member Organizations. 

Find more information on New Jersey IEC and Association Group Health Benefits for Electrical Contractors Here

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Thursday, February 28, 2013

NJECPAC Member Organization Named Legislative Chapter of the Year

NJECPAC Member Organization New Jersey IEC Awarded the Coveted IEC National Legislative Chapter of the Year Award for The Fourth Consecutive Year

2012 National President Bobby Tutor
NJ-IEC VP Joseph Hovanec Jr.
IEC Board Member Janet Martin  
ALEXANDRIA, Va. – The Independent Electrical Contractors, Inc. (IEC) is pleased to announce that New Jersey IEC (NJ-IEC) received the Legislative Chapter of the Year Award during the 55th Annual IEC National Convention & Electric Expo in Fort Worth, Texas

NJ-IEC was recognized for its work with the Department of Community Affairs and the New Jersey Licensing Board to affirm that solar installations qualify as electrical work that requires proper licensing and permits. In addition, legislative bills providing much needed tax relief to New Jersey businesses were passed and the Chapter, working with the Governor’s office, is looking ahead for additional tax relief bills to be passed.

“I congratulate New Jersey IEC for its prestigious IEC Legislative Chapter of the Year Award,” said Thayer Long, IEC National Executive Vice President/CEO. “Their strong and diligent presence in the legislative arena work to keep IEC contractors competitive and strong in the marketplace.”

The Legislative Chapter of the Year Award is presented each year during the IEC National Convention & Electric Expo to recognize an IEC chapter that has made significant strides in achieving IEC’s legislative goals by pursuing legislative and regulatory initiatives that seek to promote and support the merit shop philosophy.  For more information, please visit www.ieci.org.

Established in 1957, IEC is a trade association representing nearly 3,000 members with 60 chapters nationwide. Headquartered in Alexandria, Va., IEC is the nation’s premier trade association representing America’s independent electrical and systems contractors. IEC National aggressively works with the industry to establish a competitive environment for the merit shop – a philosophy that promotes the concept of free enterprise, open competition and economic opportunity for all. 

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