The American Subcontractors Association (ASA) began its Stand
Up! campaign July 1, 2004, by issuing the first of its monthly
white papers on contract-related topics. The campaign aims to
empower subcontractors and suppliers by disseminating the association's
collective knowledge of negotiating skills and tips throughout
the construction industry.
Some of the topics scheduled to be covered by the papers include
"Design Risk: Disclaimers," "Warranty: Implied
and Express Warranties" and "Designated Portion of the
Work." The monthly papers are scheduled for two years and
are available to ASA members at www.asaonline.com.
Also as part of its campaign, ASA is examining state laws and
their impact on contract negotiations in the construction industry.
The association will produce a series of workshops designed to
help subcontractors and suppliers become their own best business
"In our perfect world, we would not have to negotiate unfair
contracts and endure slow pay, retainage, questionable risk transfer
mechanisms and all of the other daily disruptions we encounter,"
said Mat Glover, ASA president and president of Glover Masonry
Associates Inc., of Arvada, Colo. "In the real world, compromise
is inescapable, but that does not mean we do not have important
choices to make. ASA's Stand Up! campaign will give subcontractors
and suppliers the knowledge and confidence to be their own best
business advocates during contract negotiations."