Ike's Thoughts February 22, 2019 Print

Executive Director's Report

SUBBYs Will Be DazzlingThe votes are in and the construction industry is excited to see who wins at SUBBYs on Saturday.  This year features a video by the National GC nominees on ways to improve productivity on the job site.  Representatives of Balfour Beatty, Clark, Gilbane and HITT explain ways to improve productivity through virtual design, prefab, lean, wearables and labs to study ways of improving construction processes.

The SUBBYs serves our industry and ASA by providing a way for subcontractors to recognize the general contractors who understand the important role subs play throughout a construction project.  Also, as work continues to boom, subcontractors make judgements about who to bid based on their perceived success working with the project’s GC and Owner.  Click here for a list of those nominated.  Those with us Saturday night will see which nominee wins.      

Sheldon Shapiro – The passing of our past president and leader, Sheldon Shapiro will result in a definite void in this year’s SUBBYs.  To memorialize Sheldon, you can contribute to the foundation that was established in his name.  Send contributions to the Sheldon Shapiro Charitable Foundation Inc, c/o Shapiro and Duncan, Inc, 14620 Rothgeb Drive, Rockville, MD 20850.

Want to Work for MWAA? Cindy Athey, Kimberlee Driggs, Chris Pappas and I met with the Wande Lientu, MWAA’s Director of Supplier Diversity last week.  She was enlightened to learn about the important issues that subcontractors face when deciding which owners and GCs for whom to work.  MWAA wants to be an owner that you want to work for.  To encourage bids, they have lowered payments from 30 days to 15 days and are looking at improved change order rates. 

Click here to see the opportunities now available, including construction at the airports.  If you care to receive regular emails, reply to this and I will have you added to the MWAA email distribution list.

Misclassification and Wage Fraud In the Power Design case, its subcontractor, DDK Electric received a default judgement of $253,861.60 on February 1st.  $170,000 of this amount was for worker misclassification and the remainder for recordkeeping, sick leave and unemployment insurance. 

If you see evidence of wage fraud or misclassification of employees, you can report it to the US Office of the Inspector General by clicking on this site.   

Register now open for the 2019 Mid Atlantic Construction Safety Conference (MACSC 2019)  Tuesday, April 23, 2019, at Martin’s Crosswinds in Greenbelt, MD.  Click here to register.  This year’s Keynote is Chief Richard Picciotto, FDNY Chief and Highest Ranking Firefighter to Survive the World Trade Center Collapse, with a presentation entitled Last Man Down: A Fireman’s Story.

An exciting and interactive program of speakers and companies has been lined up to update and enhance safety and performance in the field.

What General Contractors say about improving productivity. . .5 G technology will greatly enhance productivity. .  .enhanced decision making and communication by sharing larger files of information.

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Advocacy Issues

  • Virginia – The 2019 session ends tomorrow. Several bills made it thorough even though the Leadership of the Commonwealth was embroiled in controversy.  HB 2664 is expected to become law requiring an employer to provide certain written information on any pay stub or online accounting.  It will take effect in 2020. 

  • District of Columbia Universal paid leave starts in July. 
    https://does.dc.gov/page/district-columbia-paid-family-leave.   ASAMW members, Cindy Athey, Luc Brami and Carlos Perdomo met with the new Director of the Dept of Employment Services, Dr. Monique Morris-Hughes.  She indicated a willingness to be more flexible with First Source and Apprenticeship requirements.

  • Maryland – ASA member Tim Miller with Freestate Electric discovered a website that lists payments made by the state. We are seeking the best way for subcontractors to access this information. 

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