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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

EPI: Unions Empower Workers and Improves Job Conditions

Just in time for the long, union-made, Labor Day weekend, the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) has
released a new report, How Today’s Unions Help Working People.  Not surprisingly, the report details the many benefits of strong union representation for workers and to a fair and prosperous economy.  It also highlights the many attacks designed to weaken the labor movement.  EPI is a nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank that is dedicated to including the needs of low and middle-income workers in economic policy discussions.

Among the report’s key findings:

Unions raise wages for both union and nonunion workers.  Union workers earn on average 13.2 percent more than their non-union counterparts.  However, the report also notes that a strong union presence in an economic sector tends to raise the wages of non-union workers as employers seek to retain qualified workers.

Unions ensure safer work environments.  There are fewer health and safety violations on unionized construction sites when compared to non-union construction sites.  Unions also help ensure that employers are held accountable when health and safety violations go unchecked.

Unions help secure better health, retirement and leave benefits for workers.  Ninety percent of union workers have employer-sponsored health care benefits and the employer contribution to all benefits is 77 percent higher than non-unionized workers.

Unions have faced an onslaught of attacks from corporate and anti-union interests to the detriment of low and middle-wage workers.  Whether it is union suppression, right-to-work laws, or the dismantling of public sector collective bargaining, policies that weaken unions have impeded society’s ability to tackle economic problems including growing income inequality, wage stagnation, racial and gender inequities, and barriers to democratic and civic participation.

Read more below:

Press Release on EPI’s How Today’s Unions Help Working People

Full Report: How Today’s Unions Help Working People

Washington Post Op-Ed: Bend the Trend: Reviving Unionization in America


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

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

Trump infrastructure package could be stretched too thin — Transportation advocates are growing worried that President Trump’s infrastructure package may end up getting spread too thin. — Melanie Zanona for The Hill — August 30, 2017