Ike's Newsletter August 12, 2022

Valuable Programs in September

There has been a lull in activity over the Summer but much is happening at ASAMW in the weeks to come. A full list of events can be found below. Here are some events to consider:

  • 8/18 - Foulger-Pratt Meet and Greet – Sold Out
  • 9/8 - Golf Tournament – Why not become a sponsor?  It is almost sold out and will include some of your best clients.  If you do not see what you want to sponsor here, contact us and we can make something work for you.
  • 9/13 - CFMA/ASAMW Joint Event – GCs and Subs will want to hear from Lauren McLaughlin about the impact of Virginia’s “pay if paid” legislation. How will it affect your company and what do you think is FAIR?
  • 9/28 and 10/12– A two-part study of Claims Management from a Project Manager’s perspective.  All PM Workshop graduates are especially welcome to attend.  Both GC and Subcontractor PMs need to hear each other’s perspective on claims and changes. Learn more about Part I and Part II.
  • 10/6 – The Metro DC Hispanic Contractors Association will join us for a look at ways to grow your business to the next level. This event will allow us to hear from experts at Aronson as well as a panel of contractors with experience. A blue-ribbon panel of Carlos Perdomo, Adrienne Smoot and Humberto Garces will share their experiences in growth.   

 

Progress on Change Order Reform

Representing ACE, Fred Codding with the Iron Workers Employers Association presented a solid case for the Work Group of the Virginia Legislature to commission a study of the impact of change orders on payments from General Contractors to Subcontractors.  Four other subcontractors testified and effectively represented our case.  Copies of notes from this past session and our comments are available by request.  Just reply to this email. The next meeting to address our concerns will be held on August 30, 2022 in Richmond.  

 

US DOT Addressing Subcontractor Payment

We have found that passing a law does not result in changes in how subcontractors are paid. This article from ASA explains the need for affirmative monitoring of subcontractor prompt payment and return of retainage. 

 

Immigration/Human Trafficking/Wage Theft

Members are concerned that an influx of immigrants from other states will encourage wage theft on projects in the DMV.  DC Mayor Muriel Bowser asked for help for these immigrants, but was turned down. ASAMW leadership and members do not want to see Human Trafficking on their projects but are concerned that desperate people might be trafficked.    

 

Comstock, the owner of the JW Marriott and Residences at Reston Station, was encouraged not to consider an electrical bid from Power Design, Inc. by the union- backed Foundation for Fair Contracting.  A copy of the letter is available to members upon request.  

 

One member includes a clause in his bid proposal that affirms he will only use W2 employees and not 1099 employees.  

 

Have you Paid your Dues?  

Dues were due on July 1st and are now past due if not paid. Invoices have been emailed to the proper contact at each member company and most have paid their dues already. If you are not sure if you have paid or if you do not recall receiving an invoice, just reply to this email or email [email protected] and we will let you know.  

 

Economy

Infrastructure Program plans that will affect DC, MD and VA are available. Click on this link, which will allow you to click on DC, MD or VA for the infrastructure projects planned in each jurisdiction.   

Passage of the CHIPS Act promises a boon for construction in general, but it is not clear if our area will be impacted.  

Jobs Report = More Labor Challenges – This Construction Dive article indicates construction continues to add jobs.

 

Well Built Offers a Hotline for Members

Sometimes you need an outside person to talk to about your business challenges.  Chad Prinkey with Well Built, a local construction consultant, offers ASAMW members a free hotline for advice on a variety of subjects including business planning, employee relations, marketing, conflict management, succession planning and more. Schedule your brief consultation today.

 

Annual Sponsorship Packages are Available
Become an ASAMW Annual Sponsor!

Did you know that ASAMW offers a range of sponsorship opportunities that you can take advantage of throughout the year? You can position your company as an industry leader, while gaining recognition, when your logo is placed in programs, on signage at events and on our website. Decide which package works best for your company.

 

MEMBER UPDATES

 

What, No New Members?

Every member is encouraged to bring subcontractors into ASAMW so that more are encouraged to help achieve our mission of Better Construction through Fair Construction.  Just send the contact information to [email protected]

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

ALMOST SOLD OUT Thursday, September 8, 2022 - ASAMW Fall Golf Tournament

Tuesday, September 13, 2022 - CFMA/ASAMW Joint Event

Thursday, October 6, 2022 - You’re in the Construction Business, How do you guarantee long-term success?

Wednesday, September 28 & October 12, 2022 - What is the PM’s role in Claims Management? Parts 1 & 2

Thursday, October 27, 2022 - Frontrunners Distillery Tasting


Tuesday, December 6, 2022 - SAVE THE DATE for the Annual Holiday Party at Maggianos, Tysons Corner, VA

Saturday, Feb 11, 2023 - SAVE THE DATE for the 59th Annual Subby Awards Gala

 

 

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