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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 go to www.liaisoncapitolhill.com or call 888/513-7445.  NASHTU’s Group ID is JUNE19.

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


NASHTU Notes

August 30, 2018

Design Flaw may have led to Florida Pedestrian Bridge Collapse

New information was recently released about the pedestrian bridge that collapsed outside of Florida International University in Sweetwater, Florida.  The design-build bridge was still under construction but had traffic driving under it when it collapsed on March 15 as construction crews were tightening internal support rods on top of the bridge.  Six people were killed in the collapse.

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is still investigating the incident and their review is not expected to conclude for another year or so.  However, the Miami Herald had engineering experts review the design plans and mathematical calculations for the project and they uncovered a design flaw that may have contributed to the collapse.

The design was unusual in that it was a truss-style bridge that mimicked the look of a flashier cable-stay bridge.  In order to achieve the look, designers had to line up the truss structural supports with the non-structural cables that typically provide support in a cable- stay bridge.  This made the placement of the diagonal supports more complicated than a traditional truss and helped to hide a glaring weakness at a key connection point, according to the engineering experts who reviewed the plans.  While other elements may have also contributed to the collapse, the design flaw was likely a key factor in the bridge failing.

NASHTU has long opposed design-build contracting for transportation projects because it turns over projects to private sector designers and contractors, without adequate public oversight of the design or inspection of a project during the construction.

Read more information about the Florida Internal University bridge collapse in the Miami Herald.


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

Can States Tax Gas Stations on Tribal Lands? — The Yakama Nation and Washington state have been fighting over governance issues ever since the tribe signed its 1855 treaty with the federal government. Recently, those fights have involved fees on cigarettes and rules for logging trucks. But the biggest dispute over the years has been about fuel taxes. And now the U.S. Supreme Court is stepping in. — Daniel C. Vock for Governing — August 2018

Senate Passes THUD Bill As Part Of Minibus Funding Package — The U.S. Senate voted to approve a more than $154 billion “minibus” funding bill – H.R. 6147 – on Aug. 1 by a vote of 92 to 6; a bill that wrapped together four separate spending bills into a single package, including the fiscal year 2019 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development or THUD bill approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee back on June 7 with only a few minor changes. — AASHTO Journal — August 3, 2018

Koch Brothers-Linked Group Declares New War on Unions — Following a U.S. Supreme Court decision that millions of public sector workers can stop paying union fees, a group tied to Republican billionaires long opposed to organized labor and its support of the Democratic Party has pledged to build on the landmark ruling to further marginalize employee representation. — Josh Eidelson for Bloomberg — June 27, 2018