ECA College Scholarship Information
In its continuing tradition of encouraging ambitious men and women to further their education, the Engineering Contractors’ Association is pleased to announce it is now accepting applications for its annual ECA/Les Weed Memorial College Scholarship.
The Scholarships will be available to any ECA member or members’ employee and their family (son, daughter, grandchild) who will be attending any academic institution in the upcoming year.
Crime Prevention Program (CPP)
It is the mission of the nonprofit Crime prevention Program of SouthernCalifornia (CPP) to prevent and/or significantly reduce the theft of all types of construction equipment and the vandalism of construction jobsites.
Our primary objective in accomplishing crime prevention is done through educating our members on what steps they can take to prevent their companies from becoming a crime victim. CPP provides law enforcement agencies with educational materials, along with corporate security contacts which are vital in recovering stolen construction equipment.
Construction Industry Air Quality Coalition (CIAQC)
The Construction Industry Air Quality Coalition (CIAQC) was founded in 1989 by four southern California trade associations–Associated General Contractors, Building Industry Association of Southern California, Engineering Contractors Association and the Southern California Contractors Association.
These signatory contractor organizations, through the Southern California Industry Funds, created CIAQC TO HELP THEIR MEMBERS UNDERSTAND AND NAVIGATE THE EVER-INCREASING WEB OF GOVERNMENT ENVIRONMENTAL REGULATION UNDER WHICH THEY OPERATE THEIR BUSINESSES and build our communities, our infrastructure and the environmental systems that will enhance California’s future.
CIAQC has lived up to those responsibilities and today is the premier information resource for the entire California construction industry, working with state and local agencies to make sure the regulations they propose are achievable and workable in the real world of construction.
As long as the agencies that regulate air quality issues California are in business, CIAQC stands ready to work with regulators, elected officials and other stakeholders to ensure the Golden State’s construction industry is represented in the policymaking process. Today many organizations and individual construction firms throughout the state are active in CIAQC.
Construction Industry Coalition on Water Quality (CICWQ)
CICWQ was created in 2001 to protect the construction industry from the potentially devastating impact of lost revenues and reduced wages that may be caused by the rapidly evolving set of water quality regulations. The rights of property owners, builders, developers and contractors have been threatened by non-scientifically based water quality regulations which are being proposed and implemented at an alarming rate.
Construction Industry Force Accounts Council (CIFAC)
The Construction Industry Force Account Council (CIFAC) is a non-profit coalition of concerned construction industry associations, contractors and labor unions that works to ensure State and local governments’ compliance with the Public Contract Code (PCC).
The Engineering Contractor’s Association’s Government Affairs and Political Action Committees work in collaboration with consultants Rich Lambros and Peter Mitchell, of the Southern California Group, who together have 45 years of experience in public affairs, to promote the advancement and defense of the construction industry with the ultimate goal of ensuring continued infrastructure development and jobs for ECA’s members. In doing so, ECA strategically engages with local elected officials and governments throughout Southern California to proactively support local infrastructure projects, make sure infrastructure funds are being spent adequately and appropriately and advocate on behalf of ECAmembers.
Contractors State License Board
The Engineering Contractors’ Association has a history of working closely with the Contractors State License Board, to reconcile any issues our member contractors have with licensing.
Mediation & Arbitration
Mediation & Arbitration is also known as Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR). Many of our affiliate members provide services for settling disputes by means other than litigation; e.g., by mediation or arbitration. In reality, fewer than 5 percent of all lawsuits filed go to trial; the other 95 percent are settled or otherwise concluded before trial. These procedures, are usually less costly and more expeditious than litigation, and are increasingly being used in commercial and labor disputes. ADR techniques are being used more and more, as parties and lawyers and courts realized that these techniques could often help them resolve legal disputes quickly and cheaply and more privately than could conventional litigation. Moreover, many people preferred ADR approaches because they saw these methods as being more creative and more focused on problem solving than litigation, which has always been based on an adversarial model.
The Engineering Contractors’ Association understands that there are times when expert legal council is necessary. Our members have access to many firms that specialize in the many aspects of construction and labor law. To see a current list of ECA counsel, click here.
Contract compliance is a form of contract management that seeks to ensure that government agencies, contract holders and, in some cases, grant recipients, are complying with government standards regarding equal opportunity employment. public and many private contracts generally include provisions that businesses must accept applications from women and minorities, that government offices must solicit bids for contract work from minority- and women-owned businesses and that organizations that receive grants from the government follow fair hiring, retention and promotion policies.
The Engineering Contractor’s’ Association routinely recommends many of our member companies that meet this requirement.
Southern California Partnership for Jobs (SCPFJ)
SCPFJ is a true partnership between organized labor and construction management that will ultimately represent more than 2,500 construction firms who employ more than 86,000 union workers in the twelve counties of Southern California.
With a primary focus on Southern California projects, the Partnership advocates responsible investment in public infrastructure projects to help fix our aging transportation networks, water, sewer and storm drain systems, while building for our future needs and economic growth. To that end, we will work to educate the public and our elected officials alike to a better understanding of the benefits of these investments. Learn More >>
The #RebuildSoCal Project works in conjunction with organized labor and construction management. We raise public awareness and educate elected officials about infrastructure issues impacting the 12 counties of Southern California. Learn More >>