Help Us Build a Merit Majority

Sign up today and be a part of our grassroots team!



Nearly 90 percent of Maryland’s construction workforce belongs to the Merit Shop, where pay increases and the opportunity for advancement is determined solely by an individual’s own merit and not by seniority or ‘who you know.’ And even though the Merit Shop dominates the market, it has struggled at times in getting its message heard in Annapolis.

At the end of the day, there is no more powerful strategy than in marshaling the collective voices of the thousands of small business owners and employees who represent the industry.

None of us can afford to stand on the sidelines. At We Build Maryland, we are asking 200 Merit Shop contractors to either volunteer individually or designate one person from your firm to serve on our grassroots team.


Get Involved!


As a Grassroots Member You May Be Asked to. . .

There will be times during the General Assembly when we need businesses to contact their elected representative to express concern or support for a particular piece of legislation. We will provide you with the name of your representative along with everything you need to convey your feelings on a particular issue. We will guarantee the whole process won’t take longer than a couple of minutes!
Do you have a personal relationship with an elected official in Maryland? Let us know. The more information we have the more effective we will be in protecting your business.
This is a great opportunity for us to demonstrate to our elected officials some of the complexity involved in running a construction company. They love the public relations aspect of it and it could pay us back down the road as they gain a better understanding our your business.
Throughout the legislative session, we will have a handful of opportunities to testify before the General Assembly. And while we have lobbyists who can and do testify on issues of importance to our members, there are times when it would be so much more effective to have a business owner or employee testify instead. So on issues of interest to your company, we ask that you would make yourself or someone from your company available to testify. We would supply you with everything you would need to be successful, including written testimony and a lobbyist who will sit next to you during the hearing.