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Dec. 28, 2011
IEC's Electrical Matters
As 2011 comes to a close, IEC would like to wish its members, partners and other industry professionals a safe and happy holiday season. As we reflect on the past year for the industry, we would like to provide the readers of IEC Electrical Matters, a look at the most accessed articles from the year. Our regular publication will resume next Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012.

Ohio business owner shot for being non-union, police investigating
RedState    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
With around 25 employees, John King owns one of the largest non-union electrical contracting businesses in the Toledo, Ohio area. As a non-union contractor, his business happens to be doing well at a time when unions in the construction industry are suffering. This, it seems, has made the usual animosity unions have for him even greater, making him a prime target of union thugs. So much so, that one of them tried to kill him last week at his home. More

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Hospital job awarded to nonunion electricians
The Daily News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Union electrical workers say they will continue protesting at Anna Jaques Hospital after a contract for the facility's building project was awarded to a nonunion company. The winning bid for the electrical work on the $15 million expansion project went to MEC Electrical Contractors Inc. of Chelmsford. More

I repeat: Read the contract
DJC Oregon – written by IEC Chapter Executive Director    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
As a reader of the DJC, (unless you have been very fortunate, are new to the industry or have been living in a tree house), it will come as no surprise that times are tough and many contractors are still taking any project that comes their way. More

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The literally shocking truth about the quality of solar arrays
Scientific American    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
George Musser writes, "Solar panels are supposed to be a set-and-forget technology. Mine have performed just as advertised. All the installer said I need to do is look them over a couple of times a year and rinse off any dirt buildup. The approval and installation process had its delays and gaffes, but all's well that ends well, I figure. But lately I've been feeling less sanguine." More

Top tax tips for 2011
MarketWatch    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
It's tax turmoil time again, when all good taxpayers start to gather and hoard all the bits of paper needed to organize their tax return for 2010. It's also time to tackle some tasks for 2011. There are a number of reasons you want to do this in January. When Congress finalized the tax-extender bill last month, there was a bonus for you. More

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Major changes to NLRB rules announced today
National Review Online    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The NLRB recently announced proposed changes to union-election procedures, the effects of which will dwarf the importance of the Boeing case and substantially increase the number of unionized workplaces. In a nutshell, the NLRB's proposed rules would implement "quickie elections," a process that would allow unions to organize a workplace as easily as they could have had the Employee Free Choice Act (also known as "card check") passed. More

Own a business? 6 new tax breaks    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Doing your taxes stinks, right? No fun at all. But take note as you brace for your 2010 return: A handful of changes in the tax code could translate into a fatter refund check. The Small Business Jobs Act, passed last September, and the historic health care reform law, passed in March, enacted hefty credits and deductions for capital investments and employee health insurance costs. More

Central Pennsylvania IEC members participate in ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition
IEC National    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, the Emmy Award-winning national TV show with Ty Pennington, is in Central Pennsylvania! From June 19-26, 2011, construction and filming is ongoing for what will be the two-hour, season premiere for the ninth season, airing in September. More

Leviton's portable electric car charging stations
are a big deal; here's why    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The lack of public charging stations for electric cars is often cited by EV foes and skeptics alike as one of the major reasons they aren't practical for daily driving. But imagine if you could pop your personal charging station into the trunk of your Nissan LEAF at the beginning of every day, drive to whatever destinations you needed to go that day, and add 15 miles of driving range every time you stopped for an hour without depending on there being an existing charging station? Having that capability would certainly add some security to your EV lifestyle. More

Jimmy Hoffa won't apologize for tea party comments
Politico    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A defiant Teamsters President Jimmy Hoffa insisted recently that he would "never apologize" for his heated comments against the tea party movement. Hoffa's statement came after a Labor Day rally in which he called for workers to "take these son-of-a-bitches out" in 2012. More
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