Background:

The BIAWC is the local branch of the Building Industry Association of Washington their website is here

On March 23rd The BIAWC reported: 

Greetings Members of The BIAWC,

In these fast changing times we want to do our best to keep you up to speed on the changes that pertain to the Association and your business.  It appears in Governor Inslee’s address to the State tonight (March 23rd) that he considers the Residential and Commercial construction industry as “essential” businesses that are exempt from the Shelter In Place directive.

“The order also doesn’t apply to construction workers, health care workers, food service workers, pharmacies, gas stations, banks, laundromats and other essential services…”

 

Two Days Later  The BIAWC had to report:

 

On March 25th Gov. Jay Inslee decreed that construction is not “essential activity,” shutting down construction – residential and commercial activity – until at least April 8. Inslee is only one of two Governors who has issued a statewide “Stay at Home Order” that does not designate construction as “essential.” This order allows public-sector construction for “low income” but will take away thousands of private-sector jobs, as builders and contractors are being forced to cancel orders. Also, this mandate kills many trades, hurting families and the economy. Now construction companies, roofers, carpenters, and others may have no other choice except to leave the state to find work.

The construction industry already uses safe protocols, and we should not punish the private sector in this time of economic downturn. We should allow the construction trades to continue to work as long as workers are practicing CDC guidelines as best possible: only going to work when healthy, restricting the number of workers on-site; using hygienic measures, hand washing, masks, and social distancing.

Sign this petition today and tell Governor Inslee that Washington needs to be like other states, and to keep construction an “essential activity.”

Here is a link to the petition: Click for petition here.

State Senators write letter to Governor to open residential construction to the same standard as government construction.

“…We are, however, aware that government is acting inconsistently – and when that happens during an emergency, public confidence can be shaken at a time when it is needed most. We therefore write to once again voice our concern at the lack of a consistent response from you on the issue of residential construction and the essential nature of that industry in our state…” The full letter is here.

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