Ike's Newsletter March 19, 2021

Executive Director's Report

2021 Subby's Soiree Simplified will be June 23rd - The fifty-seventh Subbys will be held on June 23rd at Westfields Country Club in Clifton, Virginia.  The Subby's Soiree Simplified will include awards and fabulous food and drink, as well as the best opportunity to network with those in the industry whom you most wish to see in person. 

SUBBY Awards will be presented in seven categories, including:

General Contractor Superintendent of the Year - Submit Your Nominations Here
General Contractor Project Manager of the Year - Submit Your Nominations Here
Great Team - Submit Your Nomination Here
Second Tier Subcontractor, Supplier or Service Provider - Submit Your Nomination Here

Every member is asked to submit nominations. 

What Are the Attributes of an Outstanding Project Manager?  What should you consider when making your choice for Project Manager of the Year?  A Subcontractor member who was once a General Contractor writes that a perfect project requires perfect management.  Click here to read the entire article. 

Are you aware of a General Contractor Project Manager who is seeking perfection?  Click here to nominate your Project Manager of the Year for the 2021 Subby's Soiree Simplified

According to this paper, you should seek a Project Manager who:

  • Manages more than complains.
  • Knows the project better than anyone else.
  • Keeps current – manages the project and does not let the project manage him/her.
  • Demands quality and timeliness from subs and its own departments.
  • Knows to “filter and validate” every verbal statement, etc.

Legal Panel Sure to Enlighten You – On Tuesday at noon you will have the opportunity to hear from two of the area’s outstanding construction legal experts as well as two leading general contractors on legal cases and legislation that will influence your contracts.  Cases involving joint check arrangements, bonding, venue considerations, schedules, and much more will be discussed.  Click here to register.  

GOLF at Whiskey Creek – Register now before it sells out.  With close to 100 golfers, registration will soon close for this year’s Spring Golf Tournament at beautiful Whiskey Creek Golf Course.  Enjoy a day of golf and re-connect with your industry colleagues.  Click here for more information and to register and click here to become a tournament sponsor.

Unions – Thinking about unions  –  A significant number of ASA members, both locally and nationwide, have signed a union agreement.  Because we represent both union and non-union subcontractors, ASA does not have a position nor do we advocate for one or the other.  After fighting for their lives over the last several decades, it looks like unions are making a comeback.  The Pro Act passed the US House of Representatives but is unlikely to pass the Senate and become law.  Even without this law, it is doubtful that non-union employers are out of the woods and will avoid union battles.  Attempts by Amazon workers to unionize will affect how unions are perceived in the construction industry.  President Joe Biden is a strong pro-union president.  Are you prepared?  Your comments are welcome. 

Don’t Fall for List Scam – A company is contacting members to purchase a list of ASA members.  Do not reply.  Lists are FREE to fellow members.  


Annual Sponsor Highlight


Advocacy Issues

Maryland  – Want to stop financing construction on State work in Maryland?  HB 454 will require the State to pay primes in 15 day instead of 30. The law requires primes to pay subs in seven days. That means payment in 21 days instead of 37.  Click here to access the list of members of the House Health and Government Operations Committee that will be hearing this bill in the next few days. 

Employers in Maryland will need to develop an “Emergency” policy if House Bill 581 passes.  The policy needs to be ready to go into effect if we face another pandemic like the current one.  ASAMW has met with the sponsor, Delegate Derrick Davis of Prince Georges County, to make the bill more workable for subcontractors. 

If you know an apprentice or high school student who deserves a $1000 scholarship, have them apply for the MCCEI Awards and Scholarships.  Click here to learn more. 

DC  – ASAMW representatives are holding meetings with DC’s Office of Contracting and Procurement, which oversees all contracts for DC public construction.  The ASAMW Subcontract Addendum was offered as a possibility to incorporate in their contract with a prime contractor.    

Virginia  – Your HR Department should be aware of a bill that passed this year’s session and goes into effect in about 120 days. This new law adds disability to the Virginia Human Rights Act and lists how a company shall accommodate the disability. 

ASA of Metro Washington and its lobbying partner ACE closely monitored seven bills that most effect subcontractors in the legislative session that recently ended.  The following passed and will soon go into effect:

  • Apprenticeship review to see what action the Commonwealth should take to ensure more training.
  • Building standards to assure energy efficiency.
  • Prevailing wage on certain transportation infrastructure projects.


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