Supplemental Paid Sick Leave Grant Relief Program now LIVE

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After much anticipation, The California Small Business and Nonprofit COVID-19 Relief Grant Program (to pay for COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave) is now taking applications. After significant advocacy from United Contractors, the State of California built and funded the program in the Budget Act of 2022 (AB-178) and authorized it through Assembly Bill 152 in September 2022.

The website for the program has been officially launched and is now taking applications. 


Governor's 2023-24 Budget Released

What It Means For Our Industry

The Governor's January budget was released on January 10, and is just the beginning of a month-long budget process. The following from Kiana Valentine of Transportation California and Politico Group is an analysis of the Governor’s January Budget for 2023-24, and how it relates specifically to transportation and infrastructure related programs and our industry.

Emily Cohen & Sue Dyer: Bringing Women Into Construction

Podcast: Lead With Trust

We were excited to help kick off Sue Dyer's Bringing Women into Construction series on her Lead With Trust podcast. During the episode, UCON's EVP, Emily Cohen and Sue discuss the reasons why the number of women in construction, percentage-wise, is abysmal. They discuss the workforce and talent shortage currently being experienced by the industry and the conversations and solutions that they hope will arise from this series. 

United Contractors & ECA Join Forces in Merger

The merger will enhance the voice of union-signatory heavy-civil construction contractors across the state while expanding services, advocacy, and support for all UCON members. 

United Contractors (UCON) and Engineering Contractors Association (ECA) have finalized a merger-acquisition that will result in ECA joining UCON. The merger will enhance the voice of union-signatory heavy-civil construction contractors across the state while expanding services, advocacy, and support for all UCON members. 

Approved - Proposed Amendments to the In-Use Off-Road Diesel-Fueled Fleets Regulation

The In-Use Off-Road Diesel-Fueled Fleets Regulation (Off-road Regulation) was initially adopted in 2007 and applies to essentially all off-road vehicle operation in the state except agricultural, military, and personal use. Despite resistance from Associations representing the construction and mining industries, on November 17, 2022 the California Air Resources Board (CARB) adopted sweeping amendments to the Off-road Diesel Regulation. These amendments are expected to further reduce emissions from the operation of off-road diesel vehicles mainly by phasing out the oldest and dirtiest vehicles, those that are Tier 0, Tier 1 and Tier 2.

2022 UCON Legislative Scorecard

Below is a summary of the bills United Contractors advocated on throughout the 2022 Legislative Year, and the results of our efforts.

September 30 marked the official end of the 2022 Legislative Year. Throughout the year, UCON's Advocacy Team -- guided by our Legislative Committee and Board of Directors -- tracked hundreds of bills and worked to actively oppose or support dozens of bills that impact California's union-signatory contractors.  

Southern California Report

Opportunities & Updates for UCON’s Southern California Contractors

Meet Clay O'Neal, UCON's Regional VP - Southern California, and learn more about our bargaining and advocacy efforts, educational programs, and networking events. Read more...


Media Articles

United Contractors is fighting to secure tax relief for union signatory contractors (SB 114)

It is unreasonable and unfair to ask our employers, who already pay premium wages, to shoulder the costs of paid leave; especially as the state sits on a historic budget surplus.

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United We Stand

UCON Up Front: February 2022, by Joe Sostaric, the Conco Companies, UCON President

I’m writing this article as one of my first acts since being elected as the new President of UCON. First, let me say to all that I am deeply honored and humbled to be given the opportunity to lead this great organization.