Ike's Thoughts June 1, 2018 Print

Executive Director's Report

Why do Finishing Trades Accept Unfair Treatment – It is time to start an industry discussion about payments to the finishing trades.  Some of the other trades have found ways to get up-front costs covered early in a project and to get retainage released in a reasonable time frame.  Why do the finishing trades accept what is unfair?  Please respond to this with your opinion.  Do finishing trades get a fair shake in the construction payment process? 

And What About Sub Subs? Do you realize if you are a subcontractor to a subcontractor in the District of Columbia, you have NO LIEN RIGHTS?  DC Law § 40-301.01 and § 40-303.01 gives subcontractors and others “employed” by a contractor the right to lien a job, but not to a 2nd tier subcontractor.  This is a wrong that ASAMW should seek to correct.  Do you agree?

Wish you were with us at Management Education Day at MGM – The Corporate Wellness day being held today addresses some of the important issues you will be asking in the near future. ASA of Metro Washington leadership and Smith Currie put this together to benefit the members.  If you missed it, you missed a great opportunity to fine-tune your company for the coming year. 

Time to Move Away From Residential Construction? – How many apartment/condo projects did you bid on this year?  According to Dodge Data & Analytics residential dropped 25 percent in April, while nonresidential rose 66 percent over last year.  For the year, Nonresidential is up 36 percent and residential is down three percent.   

Meeting with MWAA – The main issues to be addressed in our June 29th meeting with the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) are lowering deductibles (safety obligations) and fair change order rates.  If you have any other issue with this major construction buyer, please reply to this email so that Ike can give you a call. 

Dues Notices included an Advocacy Request – Have you paid your dues for 2018/19?  Did you include a donation to the ASAMW Advocacy Fund?  There is a yellow highlighted section on your dues invoice that allows for an additional donation that will only be used for advocacy purposes.  This fund was depleted in 2018 and now needs to be replenished.  If you would like to donate now, just click here and donate to your Advocacy Fund.  Please reply to this email if you have NOT received your invoice for 2018/19 dues.

How Well do you Supervise your Subs? If you ever subcontract some of your work to another subcontractor, then there are several issues to consider – both practical and legal.  If you are ever a sub to a sub then you will have a lot to offer.  Join us at Suntrust Bank Building in Vienna on the morning of June 19 for a breakfast discussion of supervision of subcontractor’s subcontractors.  Click here for more information and to register.

You Can be a Member of both Baltimore and Metro Washington for One Lower Fee – Joint membership in both Baltimore and Metro Washington ASA is lower than joining both separately.  Please reply to this or email ike@asamw.org and we will get the necessary information to you.


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Advocacy Issues

  • Virginia – The budget battle is over and we await meetings with other construction entities on entrusting payments to subcontractors.

  • District of Columbia - Three members who reside in DC met to discuss the First Source Program. They plan to address a public oversight hearing of Councilmember Silverman’s Committee on Labor and Workforce Development to offer suggested improvements. Your input is welcome.

  • Maryland – Every office in the State of Maryland is up for election/re-election. Please support the candidate of your choice.  Help is available from ASA and ASAMW on issues of vital interest to subcontractors to bring up to your representatives. 

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