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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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Registration for 2017 NASHTU Conference Now Open!

Online registration is now available for the 2017 NASHTU Conference – scheduled for April 24 through 26, 2017 – at the Washington Court Hotel in Washington D.C.

The NASHTU Conference provides an important opportunity for transportation unions to come together and strategize how to best serve our members and deliver safe, cost-effective transportation projects for taxpayers.

NASHTU is planning an impressive agenda this year including addresses by Members of Congress, U.S. DOT officials, good government advocacy groups, labor leaders, transportation industry experts, and many others.  If you have ideas for interesting speakers or panels for the 2017 NASHTU conference, please let us know at nashtu@nashtu.us.

To register for the 18th Annual NASHTU Conference, please visit our conference webpage.  Conference registration is $270 per person.  NASHTU has secured a special room rate at the Washington Court Hotel of $349/night.  To take advantage of the special pricing, please call the hotel at 202/628-2100 and reference the NASHTU conference when booking.

If you missed the 2016 NASHTU Conference, you can check out the conference agenda, photos and proceedings here.


NASHTU Notes

Trump’s U.S. DOT Pick Breezes through Confirmation Hearing

The Senate Commerce Committee held a hearing Wednesday on the confirmation of Elaine
Chao, who has been tapped by President-Elect Trump to head the U.S. Department of Transportation.  It is widely expected that Chao will be easily confirmed by the Senate with bipartisan support.  The committee heard formal testimony from Chao and members of the committee were given the opportunity to ask her questions.

Chao, who is married to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, has previous transportation experience having served as a Deputy Secretary of Transportation under President George H.W. Bush.  She was also a member of President George W. Bush’s cabinet, serving from 2001 to 2009 as Secretary of Labor.  In addition, she is a distinguished fellow with the conservative Heritage Foundation.

Chao offered little in the way of details during the hearing, mostly dodging direct questions by promising to work with the committee and Congress on a variety of issues once confirmed.  One helpful nugget – under questioning from Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) – Chao acknowledged that Trump’s infrastructure plan will need to include some direct federal spending.  She also promised Commerce Committee Ranking Member Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) that she would try to update the committee on details of the proposal within 30 days of taking office.

On public-private partnerships (P3s), she faced tough questioning from rural Republican Senators, among them Chairman John Thune (R-SD) and Shelley Moore-Capito (R-WV), who were uneasy about the challenges of “incentivizing private dollars to go to less populated, less economically developed areas of our country.”  Chao answered with non-committal responses such as P3s are “embraced by some and not by others” and that “for them to be truly effective, there are revenue streams that need to be assured…whether groups on either side of the political aisle will agree is something that we have to talk about.”

For news articles on the hearing coverage, click below:

The Hill: Five Takeaways from Chao’s Confirmation Hearing

The Washington Post: Elaine Chao Emphasizes Private Funds for Trump’s promised Transportation Fixes

Politico: Chao on Transportation Largely a Blank Page


2017 NASHTU Conference – New Venue, Earlier Date

NASHTU’s Annual Conference will move to a new venue in 2017 – the Washington Court Hotel in Washington D.C.  It is just down the street from the Hyatt (which could not accommodate us in 2017) and is a first-rate hotel.  The conference will be held Monday, April 24 through Wednesday, April 26, 2017.

At the 2017 conference, we will continue to advocate NASHTU’s priorities:

  • Require state and local departments of transportation to perform cost-benefit analyses prior to outsourcing
  • Ensure public safety by requiring public employees to perform the construction inspection on federally funded transportation projects
  • Oppose efforts that seek to mandate or incentivize the use of outsourcing on transportation projects

The NASHTU conference will also feature key Members of Congress and transportation policy experts.  In addition, we will have many informative panels on outsourcing schemes and issues affecting public sector labor unions.

NASHTU has secured a special room rate of $349 per night for the conference.  The hotel has also agreed to honor the group rate for the Saturday prior to our conference and Wednesday, April 26, based on hotel availability.  If you are planning to stay those nights, please make your reservations as soon as possible.  To make reservations, please call the Washington Court Reservations Department at 1 (800) 321-3010.

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


HR 1692: Ensuring Safety, Efficiency and Accountability on Transportation Projects

Rep. Donna Edwards (D-MD), has introduced legislation that requires public employees to perform the construction inspection on federally funded state and local transportation projects.  NASHTU has advocated for public inspection on transportation projects for many years.

The Safety, Efficiency, and Accountability in Transportation Projects through Public Inspection Act of 2015 (HR 1692) will ensure that public safety is protected, transportation funds are not wasted, and that projects are delivered in a timely manner.

On transportation projects, construction inspectors are the eyes, ears, and voice of the public.  Public inspectors ensure that construction standards are met, that projects meet safety requirements, and that the materials used will stand the test of time.

Please help generate support for this bill by personalizing and sending a co-sponsorship request letter to the members of your state’s congressional delegation.

To ensure the timely receipt of the letter, we would suggest that you e-mail the letter, fact sheet and disaster examples to the Legislative Directors of the Members of Congress.


News Stories

Before funding for transportation overhaul becomes reality, three key questions must be answered – While a special panel named by Gov. John Bel Edwards has called for $700 million a year in tax and fee hikes for work on the state’s roads and bridges, there are three key questions on whether any such plan will become reality. – Will Sentell for The Advocate – January 8, 2017

Wisconsinites split on whether to raise gas tax for transportation fund – Wisconsin residents are almost evenly split on whether the state should increase the gas tax to raise money for the transportation fund, according to a new poll commissioned by Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce. – WISN – January 8, 2017

Oregon lawmakers’ multimillion-dollar transportation dream meets reality: how to pay for it? – Weeks before lawmakers return to the Capitol for what’s shaping up as a difficult 2017 session, one of their signature goals is facing serious challenges. – Gordon Friedman for The Oregonian – January 7, 2017