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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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NASHTU Conference Set for June 24-26, 2019 – Save the Date!  

NASHTU’s 20th Annual Conference will take place June 24-26, 2019 at the Liaison Capitol Hill Hotel in Washington D.C. (415 New Jersey Avenue, NW).

At the 2019 conference, we will share how NASHTU affiliates are adapting to the U.S. Supreme Court Janus decision and discuss successful membership recruitment strategies.  We will also be advocating for NASHTU’s priorities including cost comparison prior to outsourcing and public inspection for federally-funded transportation projects.

Members of Congress, transportation leaders, good government experts, and others will again be invited to share their latest insights.  In addition, the conference will feature informative panels on transportation funding, the status of efforts to reauthorize the FAST Act, labor issues, and other items of interest.

NASHTU has secured a special room rate at the Liaison Capitol Hill Hotel of $249 per night (single/double occupancy).  The hotel will also honor the special room rate for up to two days prior to and post conference, subject to hotel availability.  To book your room, please call 888/513-7445.  NASHTU’s Group Name is JUNE19.

As always, if you have suggestions for speakers, panels, or interesting subjects for the conference, please pass them on.


NASHTU Notes

February 4, 2019

Chair DeFazio Schedules First T&I Committee Hearing

The House Transportation and Infrastructure (T&I) Committee has announced its first full hearing of the 116th Congress.  The hearing, entitled The Cost of Doing Nothing: Why Investing in Our Nation’s Infrastructure Cannot Wait, will be held on Thursday, February 7, at 9:30 a.m. (EST).  The hearing will be webcast and available through the committee website.

In the statement announcing the hearing, T&I Chair Peter DeFazio (D-OR) said, “When I took over as Chairman of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, I promised that I would work to build bipartisan agreement for common sense solutions to address the major issues facing our aging, 20th century infrastructure.  It is only fitting that the first full committee hearing will examine the current state of our roads, bridges, transit systems, ports, and airports, and what will happen if we do not immediately begin to address the massive backlog of critical needs.  I look forward to kicking off my Chairmanship with a thoughtful, productive discussion that will inform our work on a comprehensive infrastructure bill that creates jobs, and increases economic growth for all Americans.”

Chair DeFazio has previously stated that he aims to unveil a comprehensive infrastructure funding proposal before the summer.  The current surface transportation authorization, the FAST Act, is set to expire in the fall of 2020.

The committee will release additional hearing details, including witness lists, later this week.

Click here for the latest details on the upcoming hearing


April 24, 2018

2018 NASHTU Conference a Smashing Success!

By any measure, NASHTU’s 19th Annual Conference, held April 16 through 18, was among the most productive and interesting conferences in our history.

NASHTU conference attendees heard from three Senators including Sen. Tom Carper (D-DE), the Ranking Democrat on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW), Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD), the Ranking Democrat on the Senate EPW Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee, and Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR), who is also a member of the EPW Committee.  In addition, we also heard from four members of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, including the Highways and Transit Subcommittee Chair Sam Graves (R-MO), and Reps. Rodney Davis (R-IL), Jared Huffman (D-CA), and Alan Lowenthal (D-CA).

On the Tuesday afternoon of the conference, NASHTU members had the opportunity to meet with their state’s Congressional delegation and advocate NASHTU’s legislative priorities including increased transportation funding and limiting outsourcing of transportation services on federally funded transportation projects.  That evening, NASHTU hosted a well-attended Congressional Reception that included 12 Members of Congress and dozens of congressional staff members.

The three-day conference also included many informative panels and presentations on transportation funding alternatives, upcoming legislative and regulatory battles, labor issues, and multiple other topics of interest.

In the coming weeks, NASHTU will be posting proceedings, photos, and some of the presentations of the 2018 conference on our website at www.nashtu.us.  For additional information, please contact us at nashtu@nashtu.us.


News Stories

Report: Key design flaws in bridge that had deadly collapse — Designers overestimated the strength of a critical section of a Florida International University pedestrian bridge that collapsed, killing six people, and they underestimated the load on that same section, federal investigators reported Thursday.  Cracks that were observed in the bridge before it collapsed were consistent with those design errors, their report says. — Jennifer Kay for AP

With Election Over, Transportation Advocates Eye 2019 Battles — Last week’s elections had enough good news to keep up the spirits of transportation advocates — an effort to roll back a California gas tax hike failed, candidates promising to fix roads were elected as governors and dozens of local transportation ballot measures passed.  But there are still reasons for advocates to be concerned. — Daniel C. Vock for Governing — November 13, 2018

Colorado transportation funding faces winding road ahead — Colorado’s dance over dollars for transportation didn’t end on Election Day, when voters crushed two ballot questions that could have put billions into roads. — Joey bunch for The Journal — November 13, 2018