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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Register & Reserve Hotel

You can register for the conference & reserve your hotel using the button below.

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

To reserve your hotel by phone, 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).

The Mayflower
1127 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20036 (Map)

 
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Mayflower Hotel

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 - TENTATIVE

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
    Mark Garrett, Director of Health & Safety Services

    Opening Remarks

    Keynote Speaker

    Daily Drawing & Break

    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 Overview & Political Landscape
    Cecile Conroy, Director of Government Affairs

    LEAP Awards Ceremony

    LEAP Giveaway Drawing (Must be present to win)

    Closing Remarks

  • Afternoon

    Boilermaker Congressional Meetings

  • 600

    Congressional Reception - Grand Ballroom

  • Open

    Congressional Meetings
    Turn In Lobbying Report Forms

Legislative Issues

With a new president and new congress arriving in January 2017, we will need to defer on legislative issues for the 2017 LEAP conference for a short time.
 

As of this date we do not know precisely what Congress and President Trump will prioritize in their first 100 days and how we will respond to any particular pieces of legislation that will be introduced.
 

We will be carefully monitoring the new administration and congressional leadership to determine where our emphasis should be for our upcoming legislative conference.
 

We always welcome other suggestions for our annual lobby visits, so please feel free to pass your ideas on to us.

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.