National Electrical Contractors Association Names Edward Witt Jr the 2018 Recipient of the Comstock Award
Longtime Miller Electric Company executive recognized for contribution in the field of labor relations
The National Electrical Contractor Association has selected Edward Witt Jr. as the 2018 recipient of the Comstock Award, an honor given annually to a NECA member who has made substantial contributions in the realm of labor relations. Witt is the chief construction office for Jacksonville-based Miller Electric Company and currently serves as governor on the firm’s board of directors. He became Miller Electric’s first safety coordinator in 1990 and quickly moved up the ranks.
“Rather than keeping his achievements close and acting in pursuit of the sole advancement of his company, Ed has committed himself to sharing his knowledge and passion with the industry as a whole,” NECA CEO John M. Grau said.
Witt is the governor of NECA’s North Florida Chapter and has represented Miller Electric on association’s Apprenticeship, Labor Management and Negotiation committees and well as the newly developed Labor Relations Committee, of which he is chairman.
“The Labor Relations Committee has discussed with members the importance of integrity and establishing trust between parties,” Grau said. “He created a ritual of beginning negotiations and grievances by reading the basic principles stated in the Collective Bargaining Agreement. He is a real believer that investing in the partnership between management and labor will build a better industry.”
The Comstock Award, established in 1959 and named for Louis K. Comstock, recognizes people for their labor relations-related contribution to the industry through NECA. Comstock was the NECA member credited with helping establish the Council on Industrial Relations.
Go to www.necanet.org/about-us/awards for more information about NECA’s national awards.