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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.
Registration for 2017 NASHTU Conference Now Open!
Online registration is now available for the 2017 NASHTU Conference – scheduled for April 24 through 26, 2017 – at the Washington Court Hotel in Washington D.C.
The 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.
NASHTU is planning an impressive agenda this year including addresses by Members of Congress, U.S. DOT officials, good government advocacy groups, labor leaders, transportation industry experts, and many others. If you have ideas for interesting speakers or panels for the 2017 NASHTU conference, please let us know at email@example.com.
To register for the 18th Annual NASHTU Conference, please visit our conference webpage. Conference registration is $270 per person. NASHTU has secured a special room rate at the Washington Court Hotel of $349/night. To take advantage of the special pricing, please call the hotel at 202/628-2100 and reference the NASHTU conference when booking.
If you missed the 2016 NASHTU Conference, you can check out the conference agenda, photos and proceedings here.
The Good: During last week’s joint address to Congress, the President said that he will ask Congress to pass legislation that spurs $1 trillion worth of infrastructure investments. While details of his proposal have not been released, he said the funding would be “financed through both public and private capital – creating millions of new jobs.”
Putting “public” funding on the table is a positive shift from his earlier proposal, which called for infrastructure funding to rely solely on tax credits and private financing. In his address, Trump also said his plan would include provisions that require American-made products and the hiring of U.S. citizens.
- Read more about the President’s Joint Congressional Address in The Hill
The Reality: Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao was interviewed after the President’s address and said that more tolling on roads and bridges may be necessary to raise funds to pay for infrastructure improvements. While Secretary Chao acknowledged that imposing new tolls would face criticism, she defended the need for additional tolls because “the needs of our infrastructure are so great that the federal government cannot and should not be the only source of funding to repair our bridges, our roads, and our energy grids.”
- Read more about Secretary Chao’s push for new tolling to pay for infrastructure improvements in the Washington Post.
Timing Still Uncertain: The timing of when a specific infrastructure proposal would be released is not clear. Several media outlets have reported that any congressional debates on infrastructure could be pushed into 2018 to accommodate an already packed GOP agenda.
NASHTU’s Policy Agenda: NASHTU will continue to push the need for increased direct federal investment and a permanent, sustainable fix for the Highway Trust Fund shortfall. In addition, NASHTU will be meeting with Congressional allies to request that any infrastructure funding/financing proposals include important public protections such as cost comparisons prior to outsourcing and that public employees perform critical safety functions such as construction inspection on federally-funded highway and bridge projects.
2017 NASHTU Conference – New Venue, Earlier Date
NASHTU’s Annual Conference will move to a new venue in 2017 – the Washington Court Hotel in Washington D.C. It is just down the street from the Hyatt (which could not accommodate us in 2017) and is a first-rate hotel. The conference will be held Monday, April 24 through Wednesday, April 26, 2017.
At the 2017 conference, we will continue to advocate NASHTU’s priorities:
- Require state and local departments of transportation to perform cost-benefit analyses prior to outsourcing
- Ensure public safety by requiring public employees to perform the construction inspection on federally funded transportation projects
- Oppose efforts that seek to mandate or incentivize the use of outsourcing on transportation projects
The NASHTU conference will also feature key Members of Congress and transportation policy experts. In addition, we will have many informative panels on outsourcing schemes and issues affecting public sector labor unions.
NASHTU has secured a special room rate of $349 per night for the conference. The hotel has also agreed to honor the group rate for the Saturday prior to our conference and Wednesday, April 26, based on hotel availability. If you are planning to stay those nights, please make your reservations as soon as possible. To make reservations, please call the Washington Court Reservations Department at 1 (800) 321-3010.
If you have any suggestions for speakers, panel topics, or interesting subjects for the conference, please let us know.
HR 1692: Ensuring Safety, Efficiency and Accountability on Transportation Projects
Rep. Donna Edwards (D-MD), has introduced legislation that requires public employees to perform the construction inspection on federally funded state and local transportation projects. NASHTU has advocated for public inspection on transportation projects for many years.
The Safety, Efficiency, and Accountability in Transportation Projects through Public Inspection Act of 2015 (HR 1692) will ensure that public safety is protected, transportation funds are not wasted, and that projects are delivered in a timely manner.
On transportation projects, construction inspectors are the eyes, ears, and voice of the public. Public inspectors ensure that construction standards are met, that projects meet safety requirements, and that the materials used will stand the test of time.
Please help generate support for this bill by personalizing and sending a co-sponsorship request letter to the members of your state’s congressional delegation.
- HR 1692 Co-Sponsorship Request Letter
- HR 1692 Fact Sheet
- HR 1692 Examples of Disasters and Mishaps when Construction Inspection is Outsourced
To ensure the timely receipt of the letter, we would suggest that you e-mail the letter, fact sheet and disaster examples to the Legislative Directors of the Members of Congress.