Thanksgiving is finally upon us, and it could not arrive too soon. No doubt about it, the year 2020 is and will forever be remembered as one of the most difficult and challenging times in modern world history. All have been affected by this year’s events in one way or another, but we do have much to be thankful for as an association.

While other market sectors languished, utility construction remained resilient. We have also been fortunate that, even with restrictive safety measures in place, the construction industry has been deemed “essential,” especially regarding infrastructure projects, and has primarily remained working all this time with relatively few interruptions reported. Other areas of the country initially experienced complete shutdowns for extended periods. 

For the most part, this year, ECA contractors have seen a slight uptick in working hours produced, up as much as five percent, year-over-year from 2019, with many members reporting backlogs into at least mid-2021. 

ECA members have been outstanding in consistently demonstrating the high expectations and best practices that the union construction industry upholds and implements every day as we work to raise the threshold of safety standards. We recognize and reaffirm our responsibility in keeping our work teams, our families, and our communities safe as we continue building and maintaining our state’s vital infrastructure. 

We can also be thankful that the ECA’s Board of Directors has had the fortitude and foresight needed to continue moving forward with its Strategic Planning efforts, completing that plan and solidly positioning the association for years to come. This effort includes restating the ECA’s Mission and projecting our Vision for the future, with our well-established core principles and values as foundational cornerstones. 

Our “Members First” philosophy is already moving to the next level as we work harder and smarter in delivering value and supporting our members’ needs. We know that a healthy construction industry is critical for a vibrant economy and quality of life in Southern California. We are greatly enhancing strategic alliances with our labor partners, other construction associations, business coalitions, water agencies, public works departments, and others—all to expand our position of leadership and influence in the region.

While the challenges ahead may be daunting, we can take solace in the fact that we have survived and succeeded this far in a circumstance that no one could have foreseen just nine months ago. Our members are our greatest strength, and it will be our members who carry us through. 

Happy Thanksgiving to all!

 

By Ray Baca Executive Director Email: [email protected]