History of Chapter: Chartered in 1957 as the Mountain States Line Constructors Chapter. The Chapter merged with the California Nevada Line Constructors Chapter in 1973 and charted under the name of the Western Line Constructors Chapter in 1974. There have been six (6) Chapter Managers since the original charter.
Western Line Constructors provides its members with an effective agency through which to express their collective voice on issues affecting the outside line construction industry. Today the Chapter represents qualified, reliable, and experienced outside contractors in California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Utah, Wyoming.
Western Line Constructors serves its members through Labor Relations, Educational Services, Safety, Training, Government Affairs, Benefit Collections, Substance Abuse Testing (WLSAP) and other services to enhance the member's value.
The Chapter covers California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Utah, and Wyoming. The Board of Directors consists of seven members, one for each state. The current Board Members are:
California – Jim Stapp, PAR Electrical Contractors, Fontana, CA (President)
Wyoming – Rich Holbeck, PAR Electrical Contractors, Aurora, CO (Governor)
Idaho – Ted Leineke, Wilson Construction Company, Rancho Cordova, CA (VP)
Utah – D. Kent Maughan, Wasatch Electric Co., Salt Lake City, UT (Treasurer)
Colorado – Mark Sterkel, Sturgeon Electric Company, Henderson, CO
Nevada – AJ Zartman, Diversified Utility Services, Inc., Bakersfield, CA
Montana – Brett Herzog, Rocky Mountain Contractors, Inc., Helena, MT
– The Chapter administers agreements, including Outside Line Construction, REA Construction, U/G Construction, Traffic Signal and Teledata. In addition, the Chapter administers several project labor agreements.
Safety – The Chapter jointly administers a safety committee with Local Union 47 and 1245 in California and with Locals 12, 111, 113 & 969 in Colorado. The committee’s formulates safety rules and produce safety manuals.
Apprenticeship – The Chapter jointly sponsors two Outside Area Line JATC programs. The California-Nevada JATC and the Mountain States JATC.
Trusts – The Chapter has trustees on two national funds: Line Construction Benefit Fund (national Health & Welfare) and Eighth District Electrical Pension Fund (Pension for all agreements in the Mountain States area).
Substance Abuse Testing (WLSAP) – The Chapter negotiates a “model” Drug Testing Policy aimed at DOT Commercial Drivers License regulations. Through a consortium we also offer an area wide network of collection sites, NIDA approved laboratories and MRO services.
Chapter Meetings – We hold an annual Chapter Meeting typically in July and usually in the Western US or Western Canada. The Chapter encourages family participation in these meetings.
Politico - The Chapter has a full-time lobbist for the state of California that assists our members with licensing & legislation issues that effect our members work in the state of California.
Service Charges & Dues – The Chapter service charges are .5% of Gross Labor Payroll [GLP], with a surcharge of .075% California & .1% all other area's of GLP for Substance Abuse testing. We have no annual dues (other than a new members first year dues), but we do have a minimum annual service charge of $600.00. The service charges are subject to the same threshold limitations as contained in Article IV, Sec. 1(c) of the NECA National Bylaws. For more information click on the “Payroll Reports” icon.