The National Electrical Trade Council (NETCO) is a joint Labour-Management partnership of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), First District, Canada and the Canadian Electrical Contractors Association (CECA). It provides leadership through national coordination on workforce skills development and public policy issues of importance to the electrical industry in Canada.
NETCO is industry-driven and industry-funded. Phil Flemming (IBEW International Vice-President, First District, Canada) and Eryl Roberts (CECA Executive Secretary) serve as NETCO’s President and Treasurer respectively. The CECA-IBEW partnership positions NETCO as an authoritative, united, pan-Canadian voice for electrical contractors, electrical apprentices and journeypersons working in every province and territory.
As a joint body, NETCO draws on the strengths of each organization:
- is the national voice of electrical contractors
- is a federation of provincial and territorial electrical contractor groups
- represents the interests of more than 8,000 electrical contractors who directly employ 70,000 people and generate over $5 billion in revenue
- has been a proud part of the Canadian labour movement for over 100 years
- overall has approx. 90 Local Unions representing 60,000 members in Canada
- represents a significant number of organized electrical apprentices and journeypersons working across Canada in a range of industries such as construction, utilities, manufacturing, government, health care and railroads
NETCO has an overarching focus on Connecting the Electrical Industry. Its mandate is to:
- promote national standards, apprenticeship and ongoing journeyperson skills training for the electrical industry in Canada. For example, it develops and markets industry-specific Human Resource Tools & Products to support professionals involved in electrical apprentice and journeyperson skills training (e.g., Joint Apprenticeship Committees, IBEW Local Union training centres, community colleges)
- serve as a national voice on public policy issues of importance to electrical contractors and those working and learning in the electrical industry as apprentices and journeypersons. For example, NETCO is developing a series of position papers to drive its advocacy agenda.