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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 Set for 2024 – Save the Date
The 2024 NASHTU Conference will be held June 3 through 5, 2024 at the Hilton Capitol Hill 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 Hilton Capitol Hill Hotel (525 New Jersey Avenue, NW) of $309 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 202/628-2100. 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 June at the 2024 NASHTU Conference!
NASHTU 2023 Conference a Great Success!
The 23rd Annual National Association of State Highway and Transportation Unions (NASHTU) Conference was held June 5 through 7, 2023 in Washington D.C. NASHTU conference attendees heard from congressional transportation committee members including Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) and Representatives Hillary Scholten (D-MI), Marc Molinaro (R-NY), Patrick Ryan (D-NY) and Seth Moulton (D-MA). NASHTU conference participants also heard remarks from U.S. DOT Policy Undersecretary Carlos Monje, FHWA Program Manager Jawad Paracha, and Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO President Greg Regan.
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 limiting the outsourcing of transportation services on federally funded transportation projects, construction zone safety standards, and transportation workforce issues. That evening, NASHTU hosted a well-attended Congressional Reception that included Members of Congress and congressional staff.
The three-day conference also included many informative panels and presentations on transportation safety, workforce recruitment and retention strategies, outsourcing, upcoming legislative battles, labor issues, and other topics of interest.
In the coming weeks, NASHTU will be posting some of the presentations and photos of the 2023 conference on our website at www.nashtu.us. The NASHTU Planning Committee is in the process of scheduling our Second Annual Virtual Fall Conference and the 2024 Spring Conference. Please plan to participate in both – dates and details will follow soon.
November 7, 2023
Buttigieg Touts Results of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law
Recently, U.S. DOT Secretary Pete Buttigieg hailed some of the achievements of the historic Bipartisan Infrastructure Law – also known as the Infrastructure Improvement and Jobs Act (IIJA) – which is nearing its second anniversary of enactment. Billed as a “once in a generation investment in the nation’s infrastructure,” the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law dedicated $1.2 trillion to infrastructure projects across multiple sectors. It was signed into law by President Joe Biden on November 15, 2021.
Secretary Buttigieg said at a White House press conference that there are 31,000 construction projects across the country currently receiving funding from the law, ranging from simple infrastructure repairs to major transit transformations, according to an article in Spectrum News NY1.
Buttigieg touted specific accomplishments of the law including the recent completion of the Lehigh Valley Airport in Pennsylvania, saying it was “the first time I was able to be at a ribbon cutting on a project that benefited from those dollars and the president’s infrastructure plan.”
Buttigieg also cited California, which is currently receiving federal funding from the law to expand its metro system in Southern California and seismically retrofit the Golden Gate Bridge in the northern part of the state. In Wisconsin, Secretary Buttigieg spoke about the planned replacement of the Wisconsin River Bridge with two bridges that will allow for traffic to flow in both directions.
Secretary Buttigieg emphasized that the benefits and job creation of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law is happening now but will also continue for the next several years.
“Some of these projects are simple road improvements that can be done in one construction season,” Buttigieg said. While others “even at the fastest possible pace, will take years and years to complete.”
“But that was exactly the point,” he said. “This wasn’t about a one-off, one-year project. This is creating a decade of infrastructure improvements that we will then be relying on and using and benefiting from for the rest of our lives.”
Read the full article in Spectrum News NY1.