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Contractor Resources Library

Access hundreds of valuable resources like Master Agreements, Forms, Rates, Charts, and more — all updated regularly and free to UCON contractor members.

We Can Change an Industry

UCON Upfront: September 2021, by Mark Breslin, UCON CEO

Construction needs a make-over. We are shag rug. We are avocado-colored refrigerators. We are mullets. We are outdated. 

Governor Newsom Signs AB 643

On September 27, Governor Newsom signed AB 643 (Ramos), which provides the establishment of apprenticeship programs in various trades, working with schools, and mandates trade programs get representation at career fairs. Requires a school district or school to notify each apprenticeship program in the same county as the school district or school of a career or college fair it is planning to hold.

Indoor Mask Requirements are Back

Effective August 3rd, new Health Orders requiring face coverings to be worn indoors went into effect for seven Bay Area Counties and the City of Berkeley. The Orders require all individuals, regardless of vaccination status, to wear face coverings when indoors in public settings, with limited exceptions. Read more here...

TECHNOLOGY: Four Practical Growth Actions for Members 

By Mark Breslin, UCON CEO

No matter where you fall on the tech spectrum of love vs. hate, rookie vs. expert, or early adopter vs. dragged kicking and screaming, our industry and people are now facing a rapid technology evolution. 

The Greatest BBQ on Earth is Back

Meet Us at the Midway!

UCON's BBQ is back! Excited to see you all in person at our most loved, most attended event of the year!

Take Action

Join UCON in supporting or opposing some of the key bills this month.

Make your voice heard as a union contractor and employer. Click on the legislator to send a pre-formulated position letter.

Kurt Kniffin, President

Industry Compliance – Safety and Regulatory Issues Facing Our Industry

Compliance is a significant and worthwhile task for contractors – especially when facing new safety threats related to COVID-19. The virus, pandemic and the resulting evolving safety requirements created a once-in-a-lifetime safety and compliance challenge for the industry.

Roll Up Your Sleeves

Construction Industry Vaccine Resources

Find all the credible, unbiased vaccination information and tools for contracting professionals here.

How UCON is Working to Combat Vaccine Misinformation

What You Can Do

Over the next 60 days, our industry will have an opportunity to put the pandemic behind us. This can be achieved by getting enough of our workforce and our country vaccinated to reach herd immunity. 

But we face a serious challenge. 

Cal/OSHA Revised Changes to ETS

Cal/OSHA Standards Board Adopts Revision to the COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS)

Vaccinated Workers Can (finally) Go Maskless 

Upfront May 2021: Mark Breslin, UCON CEO

UCON's Construction Outlook: Back in (the) Black

For the year ahead, “Back in the Black” for everyone’s bottom line is a very likely outcome. The road ahead looks like greater opportunities instead of the downturn that we had feared.

Safety Action Alert

Statewide Heat Illness Advisory

The US Weather Service has posted a high heat advisory for regions across California for the remainder of this week. Temperatures will be +/- 100F degrees. To protect yourself and your employees, make sure you have your Heat Illness Prevention Plan in place.

Santa Clara County to Require Vaccination Tracking

Santa Clara County has issued a new public health order that requires businesses to verify vaccination status of all "personnel" working at facilities or worksites in the county. This includes independent contractors as well as employees.

Contractors June 1 is the deadline to complete vaccination tracking order. Click here for more.

Safety - It's Personal!

Kurt Kniffin, Stacy and Witbeck, Inc., UCON 2021 President

We have to pass on the commitment to safety to the next generation of construction leaders without making them attend the “school of hard knocks.” 

We Can Change an Industry

UCON Upfront: September 2021, by Mark Breslin, UCON CEO

Construction needs a make-over. We are shag rug. We are avocado-colored refrigerators. We are mullets. We are outdated. 

Governor Newsom Signs AB 643

On September 27, Governor Newsom signed AB 643 (Ramos), which provides the establishment of apprenticeship programs in various trades, working with schools, and mandates trade programs get representation at career fairs. Requires a school district or school to notify each apprenticeship program in the same county as the school district or school of a career or college fair it is planning to hold.

Indoor Mask Requirements are Back

Effective August 3rd, new Health Orders requiring face coverings to be worn indoors went into effect for seven Bay Area Counties and the City of Berkeley. The Orders require all individuals, regardless of vaccination status, to wear face coverings when indoors in public settings, with limited exceptions. Read more here...

TECHNOLOGY: Four Practical Growth Actions for Members 

By Mark Breslin, UCON CEO

No matter where you fall on the tech spectrum of love vs. hate, rookie vs. expert, or early adopter vs. dragged kicking and screaming, our industry and people are now facing a rapid technology evolution. 

The Greatest BBQ on Earth is Back

Meet Us at the Midway!

UCON's BBQ is back! Excited to see you all in person at our most loved, most attended event of the year!

Take Action

Join UCON in supporting or opposing some of the key bills this month.

Make your voice heard as a union contractor and employer. Click on the legislator to send a pre-formulated position letter.

Kurt Kniffin, President

Industry Compliance – Safety and Regulatory Issues Facing Our Industry

Compliance is a significant and worthwhile task for contractors – especially when facing new safety threats related to COVID-19. The virus, pandemic and the resulting evolving safety requirements created a once-in-a-lifetime safety and compliance challenge for the industry.

Roll Up Your Sleeves

Construction Industry Vaccine Resources

Find all the credible, unbiased vaccination information and tools for contracting professionals here.

How UCON is Working to Combat Vaccine Misinformation

What You Can Do

Over the next 60 days, our industry will have an opportunity to put the pandemic behind us. This can be achieved by getting enough of our workforce and our country vaccinated to reach herd immunity. 

But we face a serious challenge. 

Cal/OSHA Revised Changes to ETS

Cal/OSHA Standards Board Adopts Revision to the COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS)

Vaccinated Workers Can (finally) Go Maskless 

Upfront May 2021: Mark Breslin, UCON CEO

UCON's Construction Outlook: Back in (the) Black

For the year ahead, “Back in the Black” for everyone’s bottom line is a very likely outcome. The road ahead looks like greater opportunities instead of the downturn that we had feared.

Safety Action Alert

Statewide Heat Illness Advisory

The US Weather Service has posted a high heat advisory for regions across California for the remainder of this week. Temperatures will be +/- 100F degrees. To protect yourself and your employees, make sure you have your Heat Illness Prevention Plan in place.

Santa Clara County to Require Vaccination Tracking

Santa Clara County has issued a new public health order that requires businesses to verify vaccination status of all "personnel" working at facilities or worksites in the county. This includes independent contractors as well as employees.

Contractors June 1 is the deadline to complete vaccination tracking order. Click here for more.

Safety - It's Personal!

Kurt Kniffin, Stacy and Witbeck, Inc., UCON 2021 President

We have to pass on the commitment to safety to the next generation of construction leaders without making them attend the “school of hard knocks.” 

Why UCON?

Elevate the industry by becoming a part of an association that is run for our members, by our members.

  • Labor Negotiations & HR Solutions
  • Political Advocacy and Industry Funding
  • Connect with top industry leaders
  • Regulatory compliance and safety services
  • Leadership development, virtual education, and relationship building
  • Extensive library of free contractor resources
UCON is an invaluable support system. They are responsive, thorough and offer the peace of mind to move forward.

Karen Silva, Navajo Pipelines, Inc.

UCON is extremely helpful. We always receive accurate and timely guidance. 

Brianna Newton, Veteran Pipeline Construction/Charge EPC

UCON is a platform for Contractors who want to keep this industry thriving. The return to members are tenfold the cost of membership.

Karissa Fox, Smith, Currie & Hancock LLP

Joining United Contractors is one of the most rewarding things I’ve experienced. Come see why.

Trony Fuller, Vulcan Materials Co., Western Division