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The National Association of State Highway and Transportation Unions (NASHTU) is dedicated to ensuring that federal transportation dollars are spent on cost-effective, safe projects that serve the public interest. NASHTU is comprised of 38 unions and associations representing hundreds of thousands of state and locally employed transportation engineers, construction managers and inspectors, technical workers and related public servants from throughout the United States.

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22nd Annual NASHTU Conference Registration Now Open – Register Today!

The annual NASHTU Conference provides an important opportunity for transportation unions to come together and strategize how to best serve our members and deliver safe, cost-effective transportation projects for taxpayers.  After a COVID-induced two-year hiatus, we are thrilled to announce the 2022 NASHTU Conference will be held May 16-18, 2022 at the Hyatt Regency Washington Hotel in Washington, D.C.

NASHTU has become an important voice in Washington D.C. speaking on behalf of public sector transportation unions and workers.  We have won important legislative victories by working together to stop wasteful outsourcing mandates and incentives in the federal transportation authorization and other transportation-related legislation.

The NASHTU Conference also provides important access to transportation leaders and key Members of Congress.  Past conferences included the congressional leaders of both Senate and House committees with jurisdiction over transportation and infrastructure and key transportation and labor officials from AASHTO, Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO, FHWA, Center for American Progress, American Highway Users Alliance, Economic Policy Institute, and many other transportation stakeholder organizations.

Registration for the 2022 NASHTU Conference is now open!  Register TODAY!


‘Tis the Season – To Please Renew Your NASHTU Dues for 2021-22

Please check your inbox!  NASHTU sent out personalized annual dues request letters via email to all affiliates in late November.  The email would have come from nwestcott@nashtu.us.  As you know, NASHTU is a volunteer-driven organization.  Your dues only pay for direct overhead and conference-related expenses.

NASHTU can only continue its important work with the support of our affiliates.  With your support, NASHTU has become an important voice in Washington D.C. speaking on behalf of public sector transportation unions and workers.  We have won important legislative victories by working together to stop wasteful outsourcing mandates and incentives in the federal transportation authorization and other transportation-related legislation.  NASHTU was actively engaged at every step of the development of the recently approved $1.2 trillion infrastructure package.  We are pleased to report that outsourcing mandates and incentives were kept out of the bill.

We’ve also made strides in our effort to shed light on the exorbitant cost of outsourcing engineering and related work.  At the urging of NASHTU, the U.S. House in 2019 included language in the transportation appropriations bill asking the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to study the cost of outsourcing public sector work to engineering consultants.  In the spring of 2021, NASHTU and many of its member unions participated in the GAO’s fact-finding investigation and interviews for the not-yet-released report on the topic.

Like many other organizations, NASHTU was deeply affected by the COVID-19 public health emergency.  NASHTU’s annual conferences in Washington D.C. were suspended in 2020 and 2021 to protect the health of conference participants and the public.  Now, as we all adapt to a new normal, we are pleased to announce that the 2022 NASHTU Annual Conference has been scheduled for May 16-18, 2022.  We look forward to seeing all of you and resuming our important work on behalf of our members.  Past conference highlights can be viewed at http://nashtu.us/annual-conferences/.

To help NASHTU continue its work and mission, please choose to be a NASHTU Sustaining Member for $1,000 per year.  A general membership for $300 per year is also available.

Thank you for your continued support and participation in NASHTU.

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NASHTU Notes

March 10, 2022

SCOTUS Declines to Hear Two Public Sector Union Cases

The U.S. Supreme Court recently rejected petitions in two cases related to dues collection for public sector unions.  Both cases tested the boundaries of the 2018 Janus v. AFSCME decision, which effectively ended the collection of fair share fees across the country.

On February 22, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal in Woods v. Alaska State Employees Association, AFSCME 52, where the plaintiffs claimed that the union had violated their First Amendment rights because they continued to withdraw dues based on an agreement signed prior to Janus being decided.  A federal judge in Alaska dismissed the complaint and that decision was upheld on appeal.

On February 28, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal in Hamidi v. Service Employees International Union, Local 1000 (CA).  The class action suit, filed in 2014, alleged that SEIU 1000’s opt-out system for collecting union fees violated the plaintiff’s First Amendment Rights. In 2017 – pre-Janus – a federal judge ruled in favor of SEIU 1000.  In 2019, the Ninth Circuit overturned that decision and sent the case back to the lower court for reconsideration in light of the Janus ruling.  In 2021, a three-judge panel upheld the original judge’s decision stating that SEIU 1000 acted in good faith under the law at the time.

NASHTU has had many informational sessions at our annual conferences about the Janus v. AFSCME decision and how it impacts NASHTU-member unions.  We are planning another panel for our upcoming Spring 2022 conference to discuss the impact of the U.S. Supreme Court’s rejection of these cases and other cases attacking union practices working their way through the courts.  To register for the upcoming NASHTU Conference – scheduled for May 16-18, 2022 – please click here.

Read more about Woods v. Alaska State Employees Association, AFSCME 52 and Hamidi v. Service Employees International Union 1000 in Ballotpedia.