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Agreement Language and Information

Agreement Information

In electrical construction, NECA’s access to a productive and talented workforce makes all things possible. Agreements are an essential part of this process. NECA maintains labor agreement information and resources on Category I, Category II, and Optional language, Letters of Assent, national and specialty agreements.

Looking for a specific chapter’s local labor agreement?

The Chapter Labor Agreement/Wages and Fringes Database includes the complete text of local labor agreements, wages and fringe benefit data as updated by NECA chapters. Wage and benefit information is also available from CLRC.

Pattern Agreement Guides and Local Agreement Language

Pattern Agreement Guides are reviewed and approved by NECA National and the IBEW International Office and include all Category I, II, and Optional language for Inside, Outside, and Residential agreements.

Category I provisions are considered Standard Agreement Language by NECA National and the IBEW International Office. All agreements between local unions and NECA chapters must contain all Category I language verbatim, as defined by the type of agreement.

Category II provisions are provisions that the IBEW International Office recommends, but NECA National has not endorsed. These provisions need to be negotiated locally. If adopted, this language must be inserted verbatim into the collective bargaining agreement.

Optional Language is language that is acceptable to the IBEW International Office and NECA National and may be included in the agreement if the local parties agree. In some cases, language other than the particular language illustrated may be used; however, some of these clauses must be used verbatim.

File can be viewed online or downloaded as a Word document. Category I language appears in red; Category II language appears in blue; and Optional language appears in purple. Sections in black text are common provisions listed for local union consideration. They must be locally negotiated and agreed upon or modified as determined by the parties.

Request for Modification of Wage Determination

Construction Wireman/Construction Electrician

In 2005, NECA and the IBEW agreed to new worker classifications – Construction Wireman and Construction Electrician. The CW/CE Addendum is Optional Language that can be included in local inside agreements.

Construction Lineman (CL)

In 2013, NECA and the IBEW agreed to a new worker classification -- Construction Lineman. If implemented the addendum is to be executed when mutually agreed to by the local parties.

Code of Excellence

The Code of Excellence was envisioned by the IBEW 8th District nearly 10 years ago as a local program to bring out the best from the workforce in order for signatory contractors to satisfy the customer’s needs. It focused on three goals:

  • A job built on time and under budget
  • Restoration of a sense of pride in craftsmanship
  • Strong recommendation by customers

In 2007, the NECA Executive Committee decided to adopt the Code of Excellence as Category I language, meaning every agreement between NECA chapters and IBEW locals would include enabling language stating that each area should develop and adopt its own Code of Excellence with some minimum guidelines. The IBEW has also agreed to this proposal. With this, the Code of Excellence program became universal across our industry, while customized to address the specific needs of different regions.

National Agreements

NECA and the IBEW maintain some national agreements whose terms apply to specific work and conditions nationwide.

There are three commonly used non-NECA 'national agreements' that members are sometimes required to work under. Although NECA is not a direct party to these agreements, we do maintain a relationship with the organizations that administer them to assist chapters and members when necessary. A two-step process is usually required in order for a contractor to work under any of these agreements: first, contractors must become signatory to the specific agreement; and then the contractor must request that the agreement be 'extended' to a particular job. The process is required for each agreement and may vary depending on the agreement. For more information on these agreements, click the appropriate link below.

Specialty Agreements

NECA chapters, states, districts and regions have developed unique agreements to address specific types of work and market recovery initiatives. Samples of these agreements are available as submitted.

  1. Wind Turbine Agreement
  2. National Outside Response (Storm Work)

Letters of Assent