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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 2018 – Save the Date!

The 19th Annual NASHTU Conference will be held April 16-18, 2018 at the Liaison Capitol Hill Hotel in Washington D.C. (415 New Jersey Avenue, NW).

At the 2018 conference, we will once again advocate for NASHTU’s priorities including cost comparison prior to outsourcing and public inspection for federally-funded transportation projects.  We also plan to invite Members of Congress, transportation leaders, good government experts, and others to share their latest insights.  In addition, the conference will feature numerous informative panels on transportation funding, the status of the Administration’s much-anticipated infrastructure legislation, labor issues, and other items of interest to NASHTU attendees.

NASHTU has secured a special room rate at the Liaison Capitol Hill Hotel of $329 per night (single/double occupancy).  The hotel will also honor the special room rate for up to three 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 AP1518.

If you have suggestions for speakers, panels, or interesting subjects for the conference, please let us know.


NASHTU Notes

Valuable Information for Future P3 Fights…

The President’s surprise comments last week on the non-viability of public-private partnerships (P3s) for infrastructure are bound to cause a frenzy among pro-P3 groups touting their trumped up benefits and false promises.  In light of this, In the Public Interest – a research and policy center that focuses on privatization and responsible contracting – has re-released its January 2017 report called, A Guide to Understanding and Evaluating Infrastructure Public-Private Partnerships.  The report urges public officials to carefully consider whether a P3 is really in the public interest when it is well documented that public funding is the least expensive way to finance major infrastructure projects. The report covers major issues that arise under P3s such as for-profit motives, transparency and conflicts of interest as well as listing several key questions that should be asked to truly evaluate P3 deals.

Read the full report here.


Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Case on Fair Share Fees

The Supreme Court announced last week that it will hear Janus v. AFSCME during its 2017-2018 term.  The issue in the case is whether public employees unions can continue to collect fair share fees from nonmembers that the unions are required to represent.

The case explores similar issues that were presented in the Friedrichs case last year, in which the justices split 4-4 along party lines.  With the election of Donald Trump as President and the subsequent appointment and confirmation of conservative Neil Gorsuch to the court, the case could be decided against unions and restrict the collection of fair share fees.

Prohibiting the collection of fair share fees would create a free rider problem, where workers receive all of the benefits of having a union without having to pay for it.

Arguments in the case will likely be scheduled for early next year and the Supreme Court will deliver its decision by the end of June 2018.

Read more here.


News Stories

Supreme Court takes up case that will devastate public sector unions — In what is all but certain to be a terrible blow to organized labor, the Supreme Court announced on Thursday that it will hear Janus v. AFSCME, a case seeking to defund public sector unions. The case presents an issue that was recently before the Court, and where the justices split 4-4 along party lines. — Ian Millhiser for Think Progress — September 28, 2017

Trump Wants States and Cities to Pay More for Infrastructure — The White House envisions that a long-promised infrastructure package would streamline the federal approval process for major projects and also require states and localities to shoulder more of the financial burden for building them. It’s a shift in focus from the Obama administration, which had pledged to increase infrastructure funding but never came up with a long-term solution. — Daniel C. Vock for Governing — August 31, 2017

White House wants to help states, cities offload infrastructure — U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration told state and local officials on Wednesday that it will use its infrastructure plan to create incentives for the private sector to finance or take over public entities like bridges, tunnels and highways. — David Shepardson for Reuters — August 30, 2017