Honoring Mr. David Bailey & his political efforts in the Commonwealth of Virginia

April 19, 2019

ACE representatives where among the large group of legislative clients, elected representatives, friends, and family members who attended a tribute honoring David Bailey of David Bailey Associates on April 16, 2019 in Richmond, Virginia. Mr. Bailey was recognized for his 40+ years of non-partisan involvement in the political process within the Commonwealth.

ACE Legislative Dinner – February 6th

April 6th, 2019


The Alliance for Construction Excellence (ACE) hosted a legislative dinner in early February 2019. The ACE Committee had the opportunity to mingle and eat dinner with important members of the Maryland General Assembly, the Senate Finance and House Economic Matters Committee.

Attendees shared visions with influential members of the legislature and discussed pertinent issues that affect our contractors. This dinner was a huge success and we look forward to continue to develop the relationships that we formed with these important leaders and stakeholders.












Construction Industry Tax Rip-Off Estimated at $2.6 Billion -1.2 Million Construction Workers Paid Off-the Books

March 15, 2019

United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America (UBC)


Matt Capece

Special Representative to the General President


For Media Inquiries:

Justin Weidner



For immediate release –

March 14, 2019


Construction Industry Tax Rip-Off Estimated at $2.6 Billion

-1.2 Million Construction Workers Paid Off-the Books-


Washington, D.C. – The tax fraud epidemic in the construction industry is costing state and federal taxpayers in the United States at least $2.6 billion a year, according to a new estimate done by Smart Cities Prevail for the United Brotherhood of Carpenters (UBC).


“It is a conservative estimate,” said Frank Spencer, UBC General Vice President. “We found 1.2 million construction workers are paid off the books each year.  Another 300,000 are called independent contractors when they’re really employees, so no tax deductions and they’re stripped of protections.  That’s shocking.  Think about it: The number of construction workers forced to work off-the-books is about four times greater than the number of misclassified workers. There’s no mistaking the blatant tax fraud.”


Racine sues Florida company for allegedly denying wages, benefits to workers on D.C. projects

March 21, 2019



UPDATE as of March 21, 2019:

Misclassification and Wage Fraud: In the Power Design case, its subcontractor, DDK Electric received a default judgement of $253,861.60 on February 1st.  $170,000 of this amount was for worker misclassification and the remainder for record keeping, sick leave and unemployment insurance.

If you see evidence of wage fraud or misclassification of employees, you can report it to the US Office of the Inspector General by clicking on this site.


New Amendment at DC City Council


A new amendment at DC City Council has been proposed affecting the garnishment of wages. On Wednesday, July 11, 2018 CM Elissa Silverman is holding a round-tablebefore the Committee on Labor and Workforce’s implementation of the Universal Paid Leave Amendment Act of 2016.  The committee will review quarterly reports due by June 30 in addition to the status of other elements implementation.


Please let Doug know if you wish to testify before July 9, 2018. You may also submit written statement to Ms. Royster at labor@dccouncil.us.


On another subject, Council members Grosso, Nadeau, Bonds, Silverman, Evans, and White are sponsoring this amendment to prevent wage garnishment from individuals making less than the DC living wage, to limit the amount that (more…)

Testimony from DC Employment Services – Labor & Workforce Development



Full Video


“Testimony related to the District of Columbia Department of Employment Services (DOES) at the DC Council Committee on Labor & Workforce Development’s Budget Oversight Hearing on April 18th


Please note- testimony from Fred Codding and Vic Cornellier can be witnessed at time 2 hour 07 mins – 2 hour 27 mins.