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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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2019 Annual NASHTU Conference – Register Today!

The 20th Annual NASHTU Conference will be held June 24 through 26, 2019 at the Liaison Capitol Hill Hotel in Washington D.C.  To register for the 2019 NASHTU Conference, please visit our conference webpage.

The NASHTU Conference provides an important opportunity for transportation unions to come together and strategize about how best to serve our members and deliver safe, cost-effective transportation projects for taxpayers.  It’s also a chance to hear from some of the preeminent transportation leaders in Washington.  Last year’s conference featured keynote addresses from Senator Tom Carper (D-RI), the Ranking Democrat on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, and the former Chair (now Ranking Republican) of the House Highways and Transit Subcommittee, Rep. Sam Graves (R-MO).  Attendees also heard from Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Jeff Merkley (D-OR), as well as Reps. Rodney Davis (R-IL) Jared Huffman (D-CA), and Alan Lowenthal (D-CA).

With Democrats in control of the House of Representatives for the first time since 2010, this year will present new opportunities for NASHTU to push its legislative agenda.  NASHTU’s 2019 federal priorities include more funding for transportation, requiring a cost comparison prior to outsourcing, and requiring public employees to perform construction inspection on federally funded transportation projects.  In the coming months, Congress is expected to begin ramping up for the reauthorization of the FAST Act, which expires in the fall of 2020.  The newly appointed Chair of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR), has committed to finding new, sustainable revenue for the Highway Trust Fund.

NASHTU conference attendees will also be able to meet face-to-face with their state’s Congressional Representatives and Senators during the lobbying portion of the conference.  The NASHTU Conference will feature networking opportunities including a Group Dinner where conference attendees can get to know union representatives from other states and a Congressional Reception on Capitol Hill where they can mingle with Members of Congress and Congressional staff.

Again to register for the conference, please visit our conference webpage.


June 14, 2019

OSHA: Multiple Consultant Failures in Florida Bridge Collapse

This week, the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released the findings of its investigation into the March 2018 collapse of a pedestrian bridge under construction at Florida International University (FIU).  The collapse killed one construction worker and five motorists, who were waiting at a traffic light under the bridge.

The bridge was constructed using design-build procurement through a partnership of the private companies, FIGG Bridge Engineers and Munila Construction Management.  The construction inspection was also outsourced to Bolton, Perez and Associates (BPA), a Florida engineering consultant firm.

OSHA’s report is most critical of FIGG Bridge Engineers saying as the Engineer of Record (EOR), it “failed to recognize the bridge was in danger of collapsing when it inspected it hours before the collapse.”  The concrete truss had developed several wide and deep structural cracks that jeopardized the integrity of the bridge.  Despite reports that the cracks were growing daily, FIGG Bridge Engineers repeatedly asserted that these cracks posed no safety concerns, according to the report.

The magnitude of the cracks, according to OSHA, warranted the immediate closure of SW 8th Street running under the bridge.  It also required steps to be taken to shore up the concrete truss with additional supports until further evaluations and remedial measures could be taken.

The private construction inspection firm shares the blame for the collapse, according to OSHA.  The report states that BPA “failed to classify the cracks, which were structural in nature, in accordance with FDOT requirements” and the firm “was expected to exercise its own independent professional judgement… regardless of the opinion held by the EOR [FIGG Bridge Engineers].”  The report goes on to say that with BPA’s intimate knowledge of the extensive cracking on the bridge, it “failed to recognize that the bridge was in danger of collapsing,” and failed to recommend that the street below be closed to traffic.

NASHTU has long advocated that the construction inspection on transportation projects should be performed by public employees to protect public safety and tax dollars.  This is, sadly, another example of the necessity of our bill, HR 1099 (Serrano), which would require the construction inspection on federally funded transportation projects to be performed by public employees.  If you would like to send a letter to your Member of Congress asking them to support this important legislation, please click here.

Read the ENR article about OSHA’s report.

Read the full OSHA report.

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

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

Bridging The Partisan Divide: Can Infrastructure Unite Democrats And Republicans? — The I-word is popping up again in Washington D.C.: infrastructure.  It’s one of the few issues on which President Trump and Democrats in Congress might be able to agree. Both sides say they’re willing to work together on a plan to rebuild the nation’s roads, bridges, transit and water systems. — David Schaper for NPR — November 12, 2018