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April 2013  Issue 4  Volume 3

Annual Membership Meeting Registration

Barb will begin sending out registration forms this month for the annual membership meeting. This year the meeting is being held at Stone Bridge Resort in Branson, Missouri on July 18—20, 2013.

Please send the information back as soon as possible so we can get an accurate count of rooms and people attending. This year we will be staying in two and three bedroom condominiums.

If you want to check out the facility you can view it at http://www.stonebridgebranson.com/.

The resort is located on the west side of Branson near Sliver Dollar City off state highway 76.


Negotiations Begin in Texarkana

We begin negotiations this month in the Texarkana Division. The Business Manager, Steve Hensel, has always been very reasonable to negotiate with. He is retiring this year and has brought the Union President, James Morphew, in as a replacement. James serves on the JATC and is very familiar to our members there.

An increase in the Southwestern Health and Benefit Fund was not been scheduled but is expected in the next 12—18 months. This after the .25 increase January 1st of this year.

The work outlook will be discussed among other issues when we sit down for the first meeting next week.

I hope James is as good to work with as Steve has been.

2013 Events

  • NECA NOW April 14—17 ,2013 Phoenix, AZ
  • Arkansas Chapter NECA  Annual Membership Mtg. Branson, MO.     July  18—20, 2013
  • Bd. Of Governors meeting and trade show & convention  Oct 12 –15, 2013

2013 Arkansas Legislative Session

I mentioned last month about the legislative session in progress. This year for the first time Republicans out number the Democrats in the Senate by a 21 to 14 majority, and 51  to 48  in the House of Representatives. In addition the Speaker of the House, Davy Carter, is a young attorney and banker who is a Republican from Cabot.

The Senate President pro tempore who is also a Republican is Michael Lamoureux from Russellville.

So far this group has overridden the Governor’s veto on two bills dealing with abortion and just  overrode his veto on  the voter required identification bill (requires picture ID to vote). The other main issues yet to be decided are the funding for the proposed new steel mill in Osceola, and  SJR 5, the proposed constitutional amendment to give the General Legislature the authority to pass laws regulating damages that may be awarded by the courts, commomly referred to as tort reform. Stay tuned.


From the Director

Visiting with our members from around the state most of you are still slow — the up surge in the economy has not landed quite yet.

Last month there was a bill introduced to eliminate the prevailing wage law in Arkansas. I don’t have to tell you that would be very detrimental to your ability to compete with the non-union contractors.  Prevailing wage rates in most of the metropolitan areas are equivalent to the local inside rates of our agreements. The bill did not get out of committee.

Another bill sponsored by a legislator who happens to be a general contractor  wants to give more latitude to contractors allowing employees to be classified as private contractors, issuing 1099’s rather than W2’s, and having to pay the costs associated with having  employees. I don’t think this bill will get out of committee.

The Fort Smith Division is scheduled to meet with several IBEW  representatives to look for ways to become more competitive in the Fayetteville / Springdale / Rogers area. This area has the lowest market share in the state. We are hoping that through our discussions we can get a foot hold in that market.

Kent Pellegrino, who served as the Arkansas Chapter Manager during the end of 1995 to 1996, called and said to wish all that remembered him well. He just turned 66 and is retired and living in Topeka Kansas.

Jonathan Scurlock, Memphis Chapter Manager, just received the arbitrator’s decision on the Memphis negotiations and sent me a copy. It’s always interesting to read an ”award” (the arbitrators decision). Looks like the Chapter did okay.  In most arbitration decisions I have read, they tend to  “split the baby” or give each side something. It is  good to keep  informed on what is going on with other forms of arbitration and I appreciate Jonathan sharing this.

I don’t know if your have heard or read anything from Dr. Benjamin Carson who made news recently for comments he made at the national prayer breakfast. Whether you like Dr. Carson or not he sparked a lot of interest generated by his comments. One thing I noted was the poem by Mayme White Miller his mother read him. The poem is listed below. Dr. Carson was born into poverty and is currently Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at John Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland.


Yourself to Blame

If things go bad for you    And make you a bit ashamed    Often you will find out that      You have yourself to blame

Swiftly we ran to mischief    And then the bad luck came    Why do we fault others?    We have ourselves to blame.

Whatever happens to us,    Here is what we say    “Had it not been for so—and—so    Things wouldn’t have gone that way.”

And if you are short of friends,    I’ll tell you what to do    Make an examination,   You’ll find the faults in you…

You’re the captain of your ship,    So agree with the same    If you travel downward    You have yourself to blame.





501-758-2224  FAX 501-758-6609

chleonard1@arneca.org   Cell:  501-837-1335

  President  Tim Houston

Vice President  Shannon Cormell

Treasurer  Chad Willmon

Governor  Mitch Hughes

Executive Director               Chester Leonard

Office Manager  Barb Edison


Little Rock  NECA Representative  Email

Advent Systems  Mike Komm  501-537-6132   mike_k@adventsystems.com

Coker Electric Co.  Jimmy Coker  870-247-4800   jdc.cec@sbcglobal.net

Miller Electric Company  David Long  501-225-4493   dlong@mecojax.com

Stanberry Electric  Dean Stanberry  501-519-2739  dstanberry52@gmail.com


Applied Control Technology  Robert Rogers  903-791-3000   rrogers@appcontech.con

Hadaway Electric    Tony Hadaway  870-772-4320   hadaway.elec@windstream.net

Chewning and Wilmer  Don McMillon  903-278-7400  donm@chewningandwilmer.com

El Dorado

Lawrence Electric  Steve Lawrence  870-862-4711   srl@lawrenceelectricco.com

Fort Smith

Concord Electric  Bob  / Dean Floyd  479-474-3792   nimrod1@cox.net

Harvey-Preston Electric  Russell Thomas  479-646-0433   russell@harveyprestonelectric.com

Hughes Electric  Mitch Hughes  479-646-6571   mitchelchughes@aol.com

Thomas Electric  Chad Willmon  479-783-1019  chad@thomaselectric.us


Cache Valley Electric  Mike Perkes  435-752-6405   mike.perkes@cve.com

Tri-State Armature & Electric  Tim Houston  870-935-9362   thouston@tsarm.com















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