Ike's Newsletter December 18, 2020

Executive Director's Report

2021 Subby Awards are Open for Nomination – Subbys allows us to recognize those who try to be true partners on your construction projects so that, in the end, everyone wins.  Take the time to submit one or several SUBBY Nominations for 2021.  We have made it easier to submit a nomination for a General Contractor you think deserves recognition.  Click here to access the nomination form.

For the fifty-seventh year, subcontractor members of ASA will recognize the best GCs and others at the Annual Subbys Gala on May 8, 2021. Anyone in a subcontractor member or non-member company may submit a nomination.  You do not have to complete all the nominations.  Do one each day.  When you catch a GC doing something outstanding, take a minute to nominate that company in one of the categories.  Make your nominations now.   

What is Available for your PMs and APMs?  Although we decided not to hold this year’s Project Managers’ Workshop, there are and will be several valuable options that will increase your manager’s chances to successfully navigate construction projects. Be sure to visit our website often for upcoming events.  ASAMW has arranged for training by Crestcom, a management/leadership trainer used by several companies in our area. This training would have been required for one of the PM Workshop sessions if it had been held.  Also, the joint session with NAWIC on January 21st will open your eyes to the gender and race bias that most of us fail to see. Click here to learn more.

Does Racism Exist in the DMV? – A recent deep dive into racism in construction reveals that it is a serious concern to construction company leaders who care about the profitability of their company.  Construction Dive ran a six-part series that gives us insight into the gravity of this problem.  Eventually, owners will be asking about your diversity policy as they now ask for your safety policy.  Companies that turn a blind eye to racism will find themselves locked out of projects in the DMV. 

Are You Protecting Your Company BEFORE You Sign a Subcontract?  ASAMW is on a mission of fairness in construction, but fairness requires all subcontractors to be diligent about reading their subcontract and seeking to alter unfair clauses.  If no one in your company is reading the subcontract before you sign it, then YOU are part of the problem.  For instance, do not allow prime contractors to withhold money from you if there is a dispute on another project.  Laws in Maryland and Virginia disallow this practice and we hope to prevent it in DC this year.  Here is an article about this practice from ConsensusDocs.  

Advocacy Issues

Maryland:  The Session begins on January 13th and we expect to see payment legislation introduced by Delegate Darryl Barnes of Prince Georges County.  Anyone who knows Delegate Barnes is asked to reply to this email.

DC: Members have asked ASAMW and ACE to encourage the re-introduction of legislation that will assure the legitimacy of those who obtain Certified Business Enterprise designation in the District.  Click here for a copy of the legislation introduced in the current session.  Reply if you have any concerns about this. 

Virginia:  Looks like there will be no Transparent Payment legislation in the coming session. Virginia Senators and Delegates are not willing to introduce legislation that will expand the information you presently get by clicking here.  Please review this site and let us know if you think it contains adequate information for public jobs in the Commonwealth.

The Staff and Leadership of ASA of Metro Washington wish everyone a very Happy Holiday Season and all the best in the New Year.

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