About our LEAP meetings

A tradition of listening, learning, lobbying

For nearly half a century, Boilermakers have attended annual conferences in the nation's capital to press our issues with Congress. These meetings teach us about politics and legislation — and they connect us with those who make vital decisions that impact our members, families and union.

For general conference questions contact Hannah Samuel of the Department of Government Affairs at hsamuel@boilermakers.org or 202-756-2868, x0.

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Registration

All attendees, both delegates and their guests, must register for the conference.

To reserve your hotel, or if you need to modify your reservation please call Convention Services Unlimited (CSU), rather than the hotel, at 1-888-278-9886 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm, ET).

 
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For general conference questions contact Hannah Samuel of the Department of Government Affairs at hsamuel@boilermakers.org or 202-756-2868, x0.

Our 2017 event Schedule

Hundreds of hours of preparation go into every LEAP conference to bring you informative speakers and the information you need while you're in Washington and all year long.

  • 700

    Breakfast — Grand Ballroom Foyer

  • 800

    General Session — Grand Ballroom

    Call to Order & Welcome

    Presentation of Colors
    Armed Forces Color Guard

    National Anthem

    Pledge of Allegiance

    Invocation

    Workers Memorial Day Tribute
    D. David Haggerty
    International Vice President, Northeast Section

    Opening Remarks

    Keynote Speaker
    Norm Ornstein
    Contributing Editor and Columnist, National Journal and The Atlantic
    Election Analyst, BBC News

    Shannon Angielski
    Executive Director of the Carbon Utilization Research Council (CURC)

    Lobbying Overview & Legislative Issues Review/Discussion
    Cecile Conroy
    Director of Government Affairs

    Group Photo

  • Afternoon

    Boilermaker Congressional Meetings

  • 700

    Breakfast — Grand Ballroom Foyer

  • 800

    General Session - Grand Ballroom

    CAF/LEF & Political Overview
    Cecile Conroy
    Director of Government Affairs

    The Honorable Rep. Cheri Bustos, IL-17

    Cory Channon
    Assistant Director, Construction Sector - Canada, AIP

    Celeste Drake
    AFL-CIO, Trade Policy Specialist

    The Honorable Rep. Frank LoBiondo, NJ-2
    Abe Breehey Legislator of the Year

    LEAP Awards Ceremony

    CAF Raffle Drawing
    Must be present to win

    The Honorable Rep. David Joyce, OH-14

    Closing Remarks

  • Afternoon

    Boilermaker Congressional Meetings

  • 600

    Congressional Reception - Grand Ballroom

  • Open

    Congressional Meetings
    Turn In Lobbying Report Forms

Speakers and Presenters

Norm Ornstein

Norm
Ornstein

Contributing Editor and Columnist, National Journal and The Atlantic
Election Analyst, BBC News

Rep. Frank LoBiondo

Rep. Frank
LoBiondo

R-New Jersey
2nd District
 
 

Rep. Cheri Bustos

Rep. Cheri
Bustos

D-Illinois
17th District
 
 

Rep. David Joyce

Rep. David
Joyce

R-Ohio
14th District
 
 

Shannon Angielski

Shannon
Angielski

Carbon Utilization Research Council (CURC)
Executive Director
 

Celeste Drake

Celeste
Drake

AFL-CIO
Trade Policy Specialist
 
 

Cory Channon

Cory
Channon

Boilermakers
Assistant Director,
Construction Sector - Canada, AIP

Legislative Fact Sheets

Below are the fact sheets for 2017. Please call the Department of Government Affairs if you have any questions before arriving in DC.

Tips

  • Schedule congressional meetings prior to your arrival in Washington, DC.

  • Dress for all events in business attire.

  • Family members are invited to participate in the conference, reception and congressional meetings.

Comments

Please share with us ways that LEAP has helped your lodge. Examples: by supporting your political candidates with donations, by addressing a local issue, by helping your lodge secure new work.

Event Photos

View photographs from past LEAP conferences.

Delegates work hard at our events, but as you can see there's also time to network and share good times.