The Guam Contractors’ Association (GCA) is a non-profit corporation dedicated to promoting the common business interests of its member contractors, subcontractors, material suppliers, equipment lessors and other businesses related to the construction industry here on Guam. Its objectives are to improve the prestige of the industry by stimulating interest among its members to provide quality workmanship and safety consciousness in all aspects of our industry. To disseminate to our members, vital information relative to the construction industry on Guam and to strive for the prosperity of the construction industry that would best serve our community.
Since its founding on November 5, 1959, GCA has
- Established a strong working relationship with the Department of Labor, Guam Community College and the Department of Education in creating educational opportunities for people who are interested in learning a trade and seeking employment in the construction industry. This resulted in the Apprenticeship Program at the Guam Community College.
- Assisted the Government of Guam in establishing official prevailing wage rates applicable to the territory since 1972.
- Filed and won a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Labor that halted the further imposition of the “adverse effect” wage regulation mandated by the Federal Government in 1979. These mandated rates nearly doubled in two years and crippled Guam’s construction industry while bankrupting several local contractors. The result of our lawsuit guided the way for the Government of Guam to control its own wage rates and the processing of the H-2 labor certification.
- Drafted a bill that would update our current Mechanics Lien Law. GCA is currently lobbying the introduction and passage of this bill in the legislature.
- Successfully lobbied what is now Public Law 26-149 that eliminates the pyramiding or compounding effects of gross receipt tax on contractors and subcontractors. The law allows contractors a deduction for payments made to a subcontractor when calculating gross receipt taxes. In the past, contractors were charged GRT on amounts accrued under the same contract. The new law allows contractors to deduct amounts paid to a subcontractor when calculating their gross receipt tax.
GCA publishes a monthly Construction News Bulletin providing information on bid invitations, results and awards from the Government of Guam, U.S. Military, CNMI, Micronesia and private companies within our Pacific region. As an affiliate member of the Associated Builders and Contractors Inc. (ABC), a national chapter for building contractors and associates, each GCA member company is afforded the same rights and privileges of membership in the National ABC. We continue to be the legislative watchdog over issues that affect the construction industry and our membership on the Committee to Get Guam Working ensures, our members we are heard in the political arena. As proud members of the Guam Contractors’ Association, we are dedicated to…
“BUILDING GUAM TODAY FOR A BETTER TOMORROW”
Smart reasons to be a member of the Guam Contractors’ Association
- Resources you can use. GCA is equipped to handle your questions and calls for specialized help and industry related information. GCA has a wide variety of resources at its fingertips to help keep you current and company competitive. As an affiliate chapter of the Associated Builders and Contractors Inc. (ABC), we have the ability to contact chapters across the nation and their members for expertise and advice.
- Lifelong learning opportunities. Through workshops, seminars and conferences you can have a special “pipeline” to other professionals as well as industry techniques and ideas. GCA sponsors a U.S. Department of Labor – approved Apprenticeship Training Program at the Guam Community College. Member firms may enroll their employees in a wide variety of construction trades under this program at no cost. Upon completion of the program, apprentices are given a journeyman’s certificate recognized by the U.S. Department of Labor.
- Legislative & Regulatory Data. GCA monitors governmental development that affects your business. You can relay on GCA to carefully track relevant issues pending before the legislature and regulatory agencies.
- Connection to the Industry. GCA provides the opportunity to network with professionals in the construction industry through monthly membership luncheons, company-sponsored cocktail receptions and participation in any one of several committees with GCA.