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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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2018 NASHTU Conference a Smashing Success!

By any measure, NASHTU’s 19th Annual Conference 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.


Please renew your NASHTU dues!

This past week a letter went out to all NASHTU affiliates urging you to renew your membership for 2017-18 – which is a polite way to say please send us a check.  As you know, NASHTU is a volunteer-driven organization.  Your dues pay only for direct overhead and conference-related expenses.

By working together, NASHTU has become a respected, national voice dedicated to advancing the interests of transportation department employees throughout the country.

We have won important legislative and regulatory victories over the years to stop wasteful outsourcing mandates and incentives in federal transportation authorizations, the federal budget and appropriation bills, and other transportation-related legislation.  NASHTU’s annual conferences give our members a chance to hear from key Members of Congress and other transportation leaders, share perspectives on federal and state outsourcing trends, and learn about other relevant policy issues.

We also, of course, keep our members connected throughout the year via NASHTU Notes.  Please urge others to sign up at www.nashtu.us.

To help NASHTU continue its 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.

NASHTU Membership Renewal Form


NASHTU Notes

Janus Case: A Blow that Could Reduce Wages, Exacerbate Income Inequality

The 74 million, a non-profit, non-partisan news site covering the education sector, recently published an article that analyzes the Janus v. AFSCME case and its potential impact on the labor movement.  After a brief discussion of the Janus case, it outlines six important items that explain what the impending decision could mean for the labor movement:

  1. Janus is a threat to labor because it hits public sector employees, where labor is strongest.
  2. The Janus case specifically deals with fair share fees, which will impact states with the highest union representation and membership.
  3. The case has the potential to further weaken unions, which most economists believe will lead to reduced wages and exacerbate income inequality.
  4. Despite public sector unions sounding the alarms, a national poll of teachers found that “while 85 percent of respondents said unions are essential or important, 78 percent said they had heard ‘not much’ or ‘nothing’ about the Janus case.”
  5. A ruling against unions could lead to more strikes because weakened unions would have less to lose.
  6. Unions should prepare for future legal battles challenging the legality of how members can join or drop union membership.

This article makes clear that while the Janus decision looms, there is still much work to be done in communicating the value of unions to all working men and women.

Read the entire analysis here.


News Stories

Transportation advocates to regroup after amendment failure — Local transportation advocates are disappointed the Minnesota Legislature didn’t sign off on a constitutional amendment to dedicate auto parts sales and repair taxes toward fixing roads and bridges. The amendment would have meant about $250 million in auto-parts sales taxes would be set aside for transportation projects each year. Advocates argued the approach would mean just as much funding as a 9-cent gas tax increase. — Trey Mewes for The Free Press — June 3, 2018

Over Half of Highway Contractors Experience Work Zone Crashes, AGC Survey Finds — A national surveywork zone crashes — A  of 550 highway contractors conducted by the Associated General Contractors of America found that 54 percent of them said motor vehicles crashed into their construction work zones during the past year. On top of that, 48 percent of contractors who experienced  reported injuries to either motor vehicle operators or passengers, while 24 percent of those crashes involved a driver or passenger fatality. — AASHTO Journal — June 1, 2018

Federal infrastructure plan could borrow from Southern Nevada — Federal lawmakers could follow Southern Nevada’s lead in implementing a fuel revenue indexing tax to help fund infrastructure projects, including an extension of Interstate 11 from Hoover Dam to Phoenix, the chairman of the House Transportation Committee said Tuesday. Without providing specifics, Rep. Bill Shuster, R-Pa., said he is working with Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., in crafting an infrastructure policy plan set for release in June, aimed at building and repairing roads, bridges, airports, seaports and other facilities nationwide. — Art Marroquin for the Las Vegas Review-Journal