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Radio ad in Ohio with the theme, "Russian Roulette," and in Kentucky warning drivers that "America's bridges are falling down."

How to Survive a Collapsed Bridge
Guide mailed to Ohio and Kentucky voters detailing "How to Survive a Collapsed Bridge." Inspired by GOP leaders.

New meaning of bailout
Print ad in Beltway publications.

Emergency Bridge Repair Team

The "Emergency Bridge Repair Team" is a flatbed truck driving through communities to symbolize the urgent need to repair America's bridges.

House GOP Failure on Highway Bill Shows Incompetence, Dysfunction

Congress' Duct-Tape Approach to Nation’s Roads and Bridges Risks Safety, Jobs

LIUNA is appalled that the U.S. House of Representatives’ radical GOP wing has succeeded in derailing passage of a long-term Highway Bill that fully invests in America’s transportation systems and protects good jobs. After nearly three years of temporary extensions, another 90-day extension shows incompetence and dysfunction.

With one-in-four bridges in America deemed structurally deficient or functionally obsolete, House Republicans are forcing Americans to play Russian roulette every day when they drive to work, pick up groceries, or travel with their families.

The Highway Bill is the single-largest jobs-creating legislation in the nation and is mainly how highways, bridges and transit systems are built and maintained.

House Republicans are failing at a fundamental level in their duty to come together to ensure passage of legislation desperately needed for safety and to keep our economy moving in the right direction. Without a commitment to work out a bipartisan approach to reauthorizing these important transportation programs, this irresponsible extension only guarantees that Congress will be in the same position again in three months. House Republicans need to end the “take it or leave it” style of governing and pass a bill that can win passage in both chambers and be signed into law.

LIUNA’s “Emergency Bridge Repair Team” has been on the road for the last two weeks traveling from John Boehner’s home state of Ohio to Washington, DC, alerting motorists to the dangers posed by thousands of unsafe bridges. The truck – which carries a giant roll of duct tape to highlight House Republicans’ current approach to fixing America’s roads and bridges – has made stops at several bridges where workers have attempted to “repair” them with duct tape.

With this campaign, we’re sending a message to Speaker Boehner and the House of Representatives that it’s time to end the political games. We need to pass a strong, bipartisan Highway Bill not just to protect our economy and our bridges – but also our lives.

News Coverage

WHIO (CBS) video – Bridge Project

WDTN (NBC) video – Sending a Message 


WLWT-CIN (NBC) (Video) – Dangerous Bridges

WCPO-CIN (ABC) (video) Show and tell outside Speaker John Boehner’s Office

WDTN (NBC) Dayton OH (Video)- Highway Bill


FOX 19 - Labor union to send giant duct-tape truck to Boehner’s office

Dayton Daily News - Giant roll of duct tape headed to Boehner’s offices

Springfield News Sun - Giant roll of duct tape headed to Boehner’s offices

Cincinnati.com - What’s With That Truck With the Giant Roll of Duct Tape?

Middletown Journal – Giant roll of duct tape headed to Boehner’s offices

Dayton Daily News - Union urges passage of highway bill

NPR (WFPL) - Union Launches New Ads Attacking McConnell Over Highway Bill

Politico - Union Bashes GOP Leaders with Gun Imagery 

Washington Post - Union Targets GOP Leaders over Transportation Funding

Politico - Key GOP meeting on transport bill today

The Hill - Union targets Boehner, McConnell over stalled highway bill

National Journal - Union Campaign Warns of ‘Bridges Falling Down’

CSPAN 3 - Transportation Bill LIUNA Radio Ad

Roll Call - Union Ads Hit GOP Over Highway Bill

AFL-CIO - LIUNA Says Highway Bill, Not Duct Tape, Is Transportation's Answer


Politicizing the Highway Bill: Bad for America

LIUNA Letter to U.S. Senate Expressing Support for S. 1813

General President Terry O'Sullivan's Testimony Before the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works

Summary of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee's Bipartisan Proposal (MAP-21)

American Society of Civil Engineers' summary of the economic impact of America's failing transportation infrastructure