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NCSA aligns with National Subcontractors Alliance

In March, the NC Subcontractors Alliance sent me to the National Subcontractors Alliance 2014 Spring Leadership Conference in Denver to see if the NSA would be a good fit for us to ally with as a national organization. After my report to the April Board meeting, the Board voted unanimously to affiliate with the National Subcontractors Alliance (NSA).

The NSA is a confederation of independent subcontractor trade organizations. Its focus is on Advocacy, Education and Networking. They provide a network of organizations and attorneys for advice and representation across the country. They provide access to information and the lowest cost possible and the member organizations represent over 3,500 companies nationwide.

We realized the focus on Advocacy, Education and Networking were the same 3 items we identified as important when we first disaffiliated with the American Subcontractors Association in June, 2013. The NCSA has achieved success in all three areas:

Advocacy – The NCSA produced a position paper on proposed changes on the lien law. With the position paper and the representation the NCSA sent to Raleigh for the study committee meetings, we were successful in getting 4 of the 5 detrimental changes postponed until the 2015 session, when we will be back proposed alternative legislation for consideration.

Education – Through Lunch and Learn meetings, we have provided a quarterly platform for Subcontractors to have lunch and meet with the preconstruction and safety representatives with major General Contractors in the area. The GC’s who participated this year were Myers & Chapman, Rodgers Builders, Balfour Beatty and Edifice. They have been so successful that we now have to limit them to members only.

Networking – We have provided open events for Subcontractors, General Contractors and Suppliers with our two big networking events, Subtoberfest and Sub Paddy’s Day held at local craft breweries. We also held a joint meeting with NAWC in November at the Carolinas Aviation Museum under the wings of the “Miracle on the Hudson” airliner where 95 were in attendance to hear NC Secretary of Labor Cherie Berry speak. Our next networking event will be a golf outing for Subcontractors, General Contractors and Suppliers in May.

The National Subcontractors Alliance is a good fit for us because it is bottom up. Each member is an independent association and can relate to the issues at the state and local level better than a nationally focused one. The dues are paid locally and stay local where we can use the funds for the issues most important to the local members.

Critical Legislative Update – NC Lien Law Changes Pending

NCSA’s Legal Committee will be traveling to Raleigh on March 3rd to participate in a council meeting regarding additional changes to NC lien laws.  Ned McNaughton has composed a position paper for distribution to educate local subcontractors, contractors & suppliers about these critical changes, and how to best protect their lien rights.

Read the full position paper here. NCSA Position Paper – Leasehold Liens (2-19-14)

Significant Changes in NC Construction Law – Ned McNaughton

A priceless advantage of membership with NCSA is our commitment to staying current with changes in legislation that affect NC subcontractors.  At our September meeting, NCSA Attorney Ned McNaughton presented a solid gold overview of major changes that have occurred in the last two years, including an overview of the confusing and ever-changing lien laws.

See the link below for an overview of Ned’s presentation.

NC Construction Law changes NCSA 9-17-13

Charlotte NC Subcontractors Association Charts a New Path

Membership votes to restructure and change name to North Carolina Subcontractors Alliance, Inc.

On June 25th, 2013, the members of Charlotte Chapter-ASAC, Inc. voted overwhelmingly to dissolve the organization’s 37 year affiliation with the American Subcontractors Association of the Carolinas, Inc., and its national umbrella organization, the American Subcontractors Association, Inc.   They also changed their name to North Carolina Subcontractors Alliance, Inc., effective June 25, 2013.  Formed in 1976, NCSA has been a resource for local subcontractors for networking, education and legislation reform.  Recently, however, the organization has seen a decline in membership as the construction industry as a whole, and subcontractors in particular, suffered from the downturn in the economy.  NCSA’s Board of Directors worked up plans over the past year to revitalize the organization in light of the ‘new normal’ and the unnecessary duplication of effort with other industry organizations.  “Our past relationship with ASA was great. We knew, however, that something was going to have to change if our organization was going to continue to serve local subcontractors in today’s market,” said President Duff Regan (RC Specialties).  Discussing the change, Past-President Art Rouse (Binswanger Glass) said:  “With this autonomy, we believe we will be able to make a real difference.  We have fresh ideas for networking, education and legislation reform that we now have the power to put into place.”  Continue reading Charlotte NC Subcontractors Association Charts a New Path