The St. Louis Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) has named Kyle McKenna its new executive vice president. NECA represents more than 150 electrical and communications contractors located in eastern Missouri. All NECA contractors are signatory to collective bargaining agreements with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW). NECA partners with IBEW Local 1 to form the Electrical Connection. McKenna succeeds Douglas R. Martin, who has led NECA for more than 40 years.
A labor and employment attorney, McKenna has served as assistant executive director of NECA for the past two years. He will be responsible for negotiation and administration of collective bargaining agreements with three local unions of the IBEW, under which approximately 5,000 electricians and communication technicians are employed. He will also serve as a management trustee on multi-employer health, pension, and other employee benefit funds. In addition, McKenna will coordinate education, marketing, and public relations programs for member contractors and serve as a spokesman before governmental agencies in connection with legislation impacting the electrical and communication contracting industry.
McKenna earned his law degree from Saint Louis University School of Law and has a degree in political science from the University of Missouri-Columbia. He has previously served as a labor and employment attorney with Armstrong Teasdale, LLC and as a field attorney for the National Labor Relations Board.
Like its IBEW partner, NECA can trace its roots to the first commercial use of electricity. NECA was founded in 1901, 10 years after IBEW Local 1 in St. Louis founded the first electrical union in 1891. The St. Louis Chapter NECA received its charter in 1940 and with the IBEW, established the IBEW/NECA Electrical Industry Training Center the following year, pioneering apprenticeship training in Missouri for the electrical and communications industry. Together, NECA and IBEW Local 1 have trained more highly skilled and safe electricians and communication technicians than any other education program in the state. Learn more about NECA at www.stlneca.org.
The Electrical Connection IBEW/NECA partnership markets member skills and safety, invests in workforce development, develops strategic business and education partnerships, fortifies STEM education, and develops IBEW/NECA as a valuable resource to meet Missouri’s future energy and technology needs. Sixteen Electrical Connection-member contractors are among the 17 largest electrical contractors in the region ranked annually by the St. Louis Business Journal. Learn more at www.electricalconnection.org.