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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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July 3, 2018

Unions Preserve the Middle Class, Unrig Economy, and Put Workers First

As expected, the Supreme Court last week sided with anti-union billionaires and corporate special interests and ruled that fair share fees violate the First Amendment of the Constitution.  Despite this, union leaders are holding up the ruling as a rallying point for their membership to unrig the economy and put workers first.

According to a joint statement released by AFSCME, AFT, NEA, and SEIU, millions of American workers have recommitted to their unions and support for unionism is at its highest level in years.  The statement applauds unions as the “the most effective vehicle” to show the power of numbers to protect workers’ rights and freedoms, and provide pathways to the middle class.  “We will remain a strong and vibrant force for working people, and we will continue fighting to sustain our families, improve our workplaces, and to make our communities stronger regardless of the court ruling.”

The statement also calls on elected officials and candidates to do everything in their power to make it easier for workers to join unions and build more collective power for all working people.

Read the full joint statement here.

Dissent on Janus Decision Takes Supreme Court Majority to Task

Justice Elena Kagan issued a scathing dissenting opinion of the Janus ruling, calling some of her colleagues “black-robed rulers overriding citizens’ choices,” according to a Vox analysis.  She goes on to say the decision overturns decades old precedent, Abood vs. Detroit Board of Education, and will have unforeseen, large-scale consequences.

“There is no sugarcoating today’s opinion,” Kagan wrote.  “The majority overthrows the decision entrenched in the nation’s law – and in its economic life – for over 40 years.  As a result, it prevents the American people, acting through their state and local officials, from making important choices about workplace governance.”  The Court’s majority does so, Kagan continued, “by weaponizing the First Amendment, in a way that unleashes judges, now and in the future, to intervene in economic and regulatory policy.

Read the Vox analysis here.

June 2018

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

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

Koch Brothers-Linked Group Declares New War on Unions — Following a U.S. Supreme Court decision that millions of public sector workers can stop paying union fees, a group tied to Republican billionaires long opposed to organized labor and its support of the Democratic Party has pledged to build on the landmark ruling to further marginalize employee representation. — Josh Eidelson for Bloomberg — June 27, 2018

Texas cities want millennials living downtown. So why does the state keep building highways to the suburbs? — As the neighborhoods in and around downtown Dallas redeveloped in recent decades, they became hotbeds for millennials who, more than their parents did, rely on everything from walking and shared bikes to light-rail trains and ride-hailing apps to get around. — Brandon Formby for The Texas Tribune — June 26, 2018

Engineers Give Kansas A ‘C’ For Infrastructure, But Roads Barely Pass — Kansas received a passing grade for its highways earlier this week when the state’s chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers released its latest “infrastructure report card.” However, the engineers also warned that sweeping cuts to Kansas Department of Transportation funding are still causing roadways to suffer. — Sophia Tulp for KMUW — June 25, 2018