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50th Annual LEAP Conference

April 22 - 25, 2018
The Mayflower Hotel
1127 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20036

Boilermakers’ reception brings legislators

Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-IL 17th), fifth from right, with, l. to r., IVP-NE John Fultz; John Tortat, L-60; guest Julie Tortat; guest Debbie Cooper; Kirk Cooper, L-60; IR Bill Staggs; IR Miguel Fonseca; ED-QCCUS/AD-CSO Eugene Forkin III; and IVP-WS J. Tom Baca.

CONGRESSMEN AND WOMEN, Boilermakers and guests met up at the Mayflower Hotel April 24 for informal conversation and photo ops at the 2018 LEAP Congressional Reception.

The reception, which takes place after two days of education, legislative updates and lobbying on Capitol Hill, is a longstanding part of the annual LEAP conference. The event gives Boilermaker delegates a chance to follow up with their elected representatives and continue building relationships in an effort to bring Boilermaker issues to the forefront and enlist legislative champions for those issues.

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Boilermakers celebrate 50 years of LEAP

Delegates, International officers and staff at the 50th LEAP conference

Historic event draws 175 delegates to DC

A FIERY SPEECH by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka set the tone for the Boilermakers’ historic 50th anniversary Legislative Education Action Program (LEAP) Conference in Washington, D.C., April 22-25. The event brought 175 delegates from across the United States, representing nearly 50 local lodges.

The conference also featured special awards to the Boilermakers’ Legislators of the Year, delegate lobbying on Capitol Hill and a reception for legislators at the Mayflower Hotel, site of the 2018 conference.

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LEAP delegates lobby legislators on Capitol Hill

Senator Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), talks with L-674 delegates. Heitkamp, who championed the passage the FUTURE Act, received the Boilermakers’ 2018 Senate Legislator of the Year award.

Boilermakers urge legislation to secure pensions, workplace rights

BRINGING THE BOILERMAKER voice to Washington, D.C., has been the key component of the annual LEAP conference since it first began 50 years ago. This year, more than 175 LEAP delegates trekked to Capitol Hill April 23-25 to meet with their respective representatives in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives.

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Boilermakers craft new LEAP award

Boilermakers craft new LEAP award

Quill pen sculpture is stroke of historic inspiration

LEGISLATORS OF THE Year who were honored at the 50th anniversary LEAP conference in Washington, D.C., April 24 received a very special gift from the union — a bronze quill pen sculpture uniquely designed and crafted by the Boilermaker History Preservation Department (BHPD).

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Lawmakers attend Boilermakers’ reception

Social setting encourages relationship-building

THE 2017 LEAP Congressional Reception drew federal lawmakers and other guests to the Mayflower Hotel April 25, including many in Congress who had just returned to Washington, D.C., following a recess.

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Boilermakers name Frank LoBiondo Legislator of the Year

Congressman LoBiondo praises the Boilermakers, and organized labor, as the backbone of the country.

New Jersey congressman cited for record in common sense policies

FOR OVER 20 years, Frank LoBiondo has forged a reputation as a solid moderate lawmaker who works both sides of the aisle on behalf of hard-working Americans. The U.S. Representative from New Jersey’s 2nd congressional district received the Abe Breehey Legislator of the Year award April 25 during the Boilermakers’ annual LEAP conference in Washington D.C.

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LEAP conference remembers “Mozzy”

Gerard “Mozzy” Maciejewski presents donations of cash and checks during the 2012 LEAP conference.

Late Gerard Maciejewski was fund-raising dynamo

At the start of the 2017 LEAP conference, IVP-NE D. David Haggerty gave a special nod to the late Gerard “Mozzy” Maciejewski, of Local 107 in Milwaukee. Mozzy was extraordinarily passionate about his union and the necessity of political involvement. He was well known as a dynamo at raising money for LEAP and did so with great energy and pride. A highlight of his life was attending the 2008 Democratic National Convention as a delegate, referring to the event as “the Super Bowl” of his political involvement.

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LEAP delegates take to Capitol Hill

L-502’s Mike Anthony, second from left, discusses CCUS funding with aides to Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Oregon) with l. to r., Steve Behling, L-104; Travis Dilley, L-242; and Timothy Tibbs, L-290.

Boilermakers seek consensus on energy, shipbuilding, health care and trade

LEAP DELEGATES FROM across the United States brought Boilermaker issues to the attention of legislators on Capitol Hill April 24-26, getting valuable face time with U.S. senators and representatives, as well as their staff.

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