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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.
NASHTU Conference Returns in 2022 – Save the Date!
After a COVID-induced two-year hiatus, we are thrilled to announce that the 2022 NASHTU Conference will be held May 16-18, 2022 at the Hyatt Regency Washington Hotel in Washington D.C. Please save the dates!
The NASHTU Conference is an excellent 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 also provides important access to transportation leaders and key Members of Congress. Past conferences included the congressional leaders of both Senate and House committees with jurisdiction over transportation and infrastructure and key transportation and labor officials from AASHTO, Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO, FHWA, Center for American Progress, and many other transportation stakeholder organizations.
NASHTU has secured a special room rate at the Hyatt Regency Washington Hotel (400 New Jersey Avenue, NW) of $339 per night (single/double occupancy). The hotel will also honor the special room rate for up to two days prior to and after the conference, subject to hotel availability. Advance reservations can be made by calling the hotel at 202/737-1234. Please be sure to mention the NASHTU Conference when booking your accommodations.
As always, if you have suggestions for speakers, panels, or interesting subjects for the conference, please let us know. We look forward to seeing you next May at the 2022 NASHTU Conference!
‘Tis the Season – To Please Renew Your NASHTU Dues for 2021-22
Please check your inbox! NASHTU sent out personalized annual dues request letters via email to all affiliates in late November. The email would have come from email@example.com. As you know, NASHTU is a volunteer-driven organization. Your dues only pay for direct overhead and conference-related expenses.
NASHTU can only continue its important work with the support of our affiliates. With your support, NASHTU has become an important voice in Washington D.C. speaking on behalf of public sector transportation unions and workers. We have won important legislative victories by working together to stop wasteful outsourcing mandates and incentives in the federal transportation authorization and other transportation-related legislation. NASHTU was actively engaged at every step of the development of the recently approved $1.2 trillion infrastructure package. We are pleased to report that outsourcing mandates and incentives were kept out of the bill.
We’ve also made strides in our effort to shed light on the exorbitant cost of outsourcing engineering and related work. At the urging of NASHTU, the U.S. House in 2019 included language in the transportation appropriations bill asking the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to study the cost of outsourcing public sector work to engineering consultants. In the spring of 2021, NASHTU and many of its member unions participated in the GAO’s fact-finding investigation and interviews for the not-yet-released report on the topic.
Like many other organizations, NASHTU was deeply affected by the COVID-19 public health emergency. NASHTU’s annual conferences in Washington D.C. were suspended in 2020 and 2021 to protect the health of conference participants and the public. Now, as we all adapt to a new normal, we are pleased to announce that the 2022 NASHTU Annual Conference has been scheduled for May 16-18, 2022. We look forward to seeing all of you and resuming our important work on behalf of our members. Past conference highlights can be viewed at http://nashtu.us/annual-conferences/.
To help NASHTU continue its work and 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.
January 11, 2022
Here Comes the Infrastructure Money… States Urged to Prepare
CNN is reporting that Mitch Landrieu, the recently appointed Infrastructure Implementation Coordinator, sent letters to all of the nation’s governors asking them to appoint their own implementation director to ensure a smooth rollout of the $1.2 trillion infrastructure law.
“We know that needs, capacity, and challenges can vary widely by locality,” CNN quoted from the letter. “We need to make sure our programs reflect these realities across your state and our country, and having a senior, single point of contact in your office will help ensure that issues get elevated appropriately and rapidly.”
The $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill, signed in November by President Joe Biden, represents the largest investment in federal infrastructure programs in the nation’s history. According to the letter, it is imperative to “make sure these programs get implemented without unnecessary bureaucracy and delay to rebuild America’s infrastructure – while at the same time being good stewards of taxpayer dollars and working to achieve goals around creating good middle-class jobs, supporting disadvantaged and underserved communities, advancing climate resilience and sustainability, and investing in American manufacturers.”
Landrieu also said that his team, in conjunction with the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), will be releasing formal guidance to agencies to “help set the policy parameters for much of the discretionary and remaining formula funding in 2022 and beyond.” They are also preparing a guidebook for state and local governments that will include key dates and details of programs coming in 2022.
NASHTU will continue to work with federal transportation officials to ensure that the money included in the $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill is spent cost effectively and in the public interest.
Read the full CNN article
Read the letter from Mitch Landrieu to Governors