The Connecticut Subcontractors Association (CSA) strives to enhance and promote the Connecticut subcontractor through education, information, networking, and legislative involvement at the national, state and local levels and all other means available to successfully accomplish these objectives. The CSA seeks to increase harmony within the industry through communication and liaison with all Connecticut based construction trade groups.
CSA is an association dedicated to the promotion, protection and education of the Connecticut subcontractor. CSA was established in 2001 by a small group of sub contractors who were concerned that their rights were not being represented or protected in the construction industry.
Realizing that sub contractor issues are unique, the CSA set out to ensure that the voice of the subcontractor is heard at the legislative and regulatory level. As the voice of the Connecticut subcontractor, CSA realized success early on.
Shortly after initial incorporation, the CSA hosted a meeting at which the Business Practices Interchange was established. This provides subcontractors with a vehicle in which to share their issues and concerns regarding contractors for whom they are working or have worked in the past.
CSA also established an ongoing and productive relationship with The State Department of Public Works that has resulted in an annual “State of the State” program hosted by the Commissioner of Public Works.
In addition CSA established itself as the voice of the “lone subcontractor” by standing up to public, private and quasi organizations to insure compliance with state retainage practices. Most significantly CSA was able to get retainage reduced on projects in compliance with the state statute.
At the beginning, CSA started and continues to conduct educational programs covering a wide array of subjects of interest to the subcontractor. The education forums have covered issues ranging from risk transfer, legislative initiatives, general contractors, business practices, bidder pre-qualification laws, to matters relating to the Department of Public Works.
Today CSA continues to focus exclusively on the issues affecting subcontractors.