Ike's Newsletter January 8, 2021

Executive Director's Report

Subcontract Addendum is Ready for YOU! – ASAMW has developed a subcontract addendum to make your subcontracts fair and allow you more time managing your company rather than negotiating a fair subcontract with your prime contractors. ASAMW intends to review this addendum with its GC Partners to see how it is received by them. This has been reviewed with one GC Partner, whose initial reservations were somewhat assuaged. Be part of the solution for making subcontracts fair on projects in the DMV and for protecting your company. You may receive a copy of this addendum by replying to this email.

Please take a Minute for ASA  By taking this payment survey your Association will assess the most important issues facing your business.  We need every subcontractor/supplier receiving this to complete the short survey for it to be of value.  Thanks for taking a minute to improve payment in the DMV for all subcontractors.

Non-residential Work Tanks, Residential Keeps Bumping Along  Football teams tank and so does the outlook for non-residential work in the DMV.  Dodge reports on starts for November show nonresidential work dropping 52 percent while residential grew 3 percent over last year.  Overall work is down 23 percent for 2020, with nonresidential down 37 percent and residential down 4 percent.  Thanks to Dodge Data & Analytics.

2021 Subby Awards are Open for Nomination – Only a few nominations for SUBBY Awards have been received so far.  Please take the time to nominate a deserving GC or 2nd tier sub/supplier.  This is also the time to nominate the best project team for 2020.  What better way to support the mission of your Association than to nominate a deserving company or individual for the 2021 SUBBYs?  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.  Click here to access the list of nomination forms Do you have May 8, 2021 on your calendar for the 57th Annual SUBBY Awards? 

Excellent Programming for You and Your Project Team – Greatly increase your chances for success with upcoming training over the next two months.  Here are some highlights:

  • Subcontractors Information Exchange on January 14 – Word on the Street – find out what other subs are saying about the jobs they are working on or planning to bid.  What is current experience with a specific PM or Owner?  Valuable information for bidding in today’s market. Sub/supplier members only.

  • Crestcom Management Seminar on January 19  Project Managers and Superintendents who are or were in ASA’s PM Workshop are asked to attend this valuable session.  A number of large companies in the DMV have used Crestcom to provide valuable management training to their field and office managers.

  • Leave Your Biases at the Door on January 21 and attend this virtual, interactive joint ASAMW and NAWIC Northeast PD&E event. Experts from KSM Consulting will bring us back to the basics with a presentation and interactive discussion on the unconscious biases and micro-inequities we have, and teach us how we can bridge these gaps to build stronger methods of communication between men and women.

  • FrontRunners Information Exchange on January 28  Future leaders of ASA of Metro Washington will hold an information exchange for FrontRunners Members OnlyASA members in their 20s and 30s will have this unique opportunity to share and learn valuable insights from peers.

  • Wage and Hour discussion on February 11  Join ASAMW for an In depth discussion of your rights to subcontract your work and use independent contractors. All Subcontractors need the proper information on subcontracting to make sure they are in compliance with current wage and hour laws.  A top notch team will dig into the risks involved in using undocumented workers, using sub-subcontractors and not paying wages required by law.  

Advocacy Issues

Substantial Completion legislation is awaiting the Governor’s ok in New York. Do we need similar legislation in the DMV? If you have problems getting final payment on public work, please reply to this email and let’s discuss.

DC: A new session of the DC Council starts next week.  We will be meeting with the new council members and our reliable supporter, Anita Bonds, to reintroduce the legislation on “no right of offset” and anti-indemnity that was introduced last year, but did not pass.

Virginia: We received proposed legislation on bid-listing for public work in Virginia from a lobbyist for a general contractors’ group, including AGC. They are opposed to the bill. The ASAMW Board is in favor.  Please reply to this email if you would like to see the bill and offer an opinion one way or the other.

Maryland: When the legislative session starts on Jan. 13th we expect to see hundreds of bills to review and will determine a position.  Please be prepared to act if we need your help in protecting subcontractors.    

ASA National Resources

ASA Members can explore the robust library of documents and resources available! New resources are being added regularly, and we highly encourage all members to take advantage of one of the best parts of your ASA membership. Never used the InfoHub? Now is the time to start! To access the InfoHub, click the "Member Login" button at the top of www.asaonline.com, log in to your account, and then select "Resources" from the menu on the left side of the screen. Once there, use the search bar to locate documents, ASAToday, archives, and much more!

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