About our LEAP meetings

A 50 year tradition of listening, learning, lobbying

For 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.

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Registration & Hotel

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

As of March 8th The Mayflower hotel is sold out. Please register for the conference and then call Convention Services Unlimited 1-888-278-9886 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm, ET) to be put on a waitlist while we find a nearby overflow hotel. Thank you.


Questions? Contact Hannah Samuel of the Department of Government Affairs at hsamuel@boilermakers.org or 202-756-2868, x0.

Our 2018 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


    Workers Memorial Day Tribute
    John T. Fultz
    International Vice President, Northeast Section

    Opening Remarks

    Keynote Speaker
    Richard Trumka
    President, AFL-CIO

    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 Heidi Heitkamp
    North Dakota
    Senate Legislator of the Year

    Charlie Cook
    Editor & Publisher of The Cook Political Report,
    Columnist for the National Journal

    LEAP Awards Ceremony

    CAF Raffle Drawing
    Must be present to win

    The Honorable Marcy Kaptur
    Ohio 9th District
    House of Representatives Legislator of the Year

    Closing Remarks

  • Afternoon

    Boilermaker Congressional Meetings

  • 600

    Congressional Reception - Grand Ballroom

  • Open

    Congressional Meetings
    Turn In Lobbying Report Forms

Speakers and Presenters

Richard Trumka


President, AFL-CIO

Charlie Cook


Editor & Publisher of The Cook Political Report
Columnist for the National Journal

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp

Sen. Heidi

D-North Dakota

Rep. Marcy Kaptur

Rep. Marcy

9th District

Legislative Fact Sheets

Below are the fact sheets for 2018. 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.


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.