International Brotherhood of Boilermakers

Boilermakers LEAP Conference

A 51 year tradition of listening, learning, lobbying

April 14 - 17, 2019

For more than 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.

Important Update

With the new congressional calendar confirmed for 2019, unfortunately most members will be out the week of our 2019 Conference. Please know that this is always a risk with a new Congress when we need to commit to hotel dates two years in advance. Fortunately it has been several years since we last had this occur. Please make your Hill appointments with staff for that week. We look forward to seeing you in April and please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions.

Registration & Hotel

All attendees, both delegates and their guests, must register for the conference. Please call Convention Services Unlimited (CSU), rather than the hotel, at 1-888-278-9886 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm, ET) to check availability. Hotel reservation deadline was March 23, 2019, but we may still be able to book you a room.

The Mayflower
1127 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20036


Questions? Contact Hannah Samuel of the Department of Government Affairs at

Make a LEAP Donation (optional)

We kindly request each conference attendee make a voluntary personal contribution of $45.00 to the Campaign Assistance Fund (CAF).*

Donate via Paypal

*This amount is only a suggestion. You can contribute a different amount, or no amount, without suffering any reprisal or adverse consequences. CAF contributions are not tax deductible and must be made from personal funds. Contributions from union treasuries cannot be accepted.

Featured Speakers

Thea Mei Lee

Thea Mei Lee

Economic Policy Institute

Amy Walter

Amy Walter

National Editor
Cook Political Report

Host of WNYC’s
The Takeaway Fridays

Julie Greene

Julie Greene

Director, Political/Electoral & Issue Mobilization

Lee Beck

Lee Beck

Senior Advocacy & Communications Advisor
Global CCS Institute (GCCSI)

Our 2019 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.


Tentative Issues

Below are the fact sheets for 2019. Please call the Department of Government Affairs if you have any questions before arriving in DC.



  • 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.