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50th Annual LEAP Conference

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

LEAP delegates gather in Trump-era capital

Delegates attend the 49th Annual LEAP conference in Washington, D.C., April 23-26.

D.C. in turmoil under ‘political neophyte’

MORE THAN 100 DELEGATES attending the Boilermakers’ 49th Annual LEAP Conference in Washington, D.C., April 23-26, found themselves in a city still reeling from the election of Republican Donald Trump and the uncertainties of a polarizing president who has promised major changes to the country’s direction.

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Election 2016 Boilermaker Endorsements

Informed union voters can make a big difference Nov. 8

THE CANDIDATES LISTED below have been selected by the leadership of the local lodges in their areas, along with the International Government Affairs Department, as those who will best support working families.

We know that how you vote is a personal decision. And we respect that decision. We also know that working families will make a huge difference in these elections – just as we did in the 2004, when many pro-worker candidates were elected to Congress and to state and local offices across the nation.

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LEAP delegates learn, lobby in D.C.

Speakers address key issues, changing political landscape

IN THE RUN-UP to the November general elections, Boilermaker delegates had plenty to take in as they gathered for the LEAP conference at the Capitol Hilton Hotel in Washington, D.C. May 16-18.

Major issues like climate change, trade and jobs were discussed in detail, but the changing political environment also captured attention.

In his opening address, International President Newton B. Jones told delegates, “It has been one incredibly unique presidential election year.”

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IBB reception draws members of Congress, aides

Labor allies, officials also attend

SOME TWO DOZEN members of Congress attended the Boilermakers’ legislative reception at the Capitol Hilton Hotel in Washington, D.C., May 16. Labor allies from the AFL-CIO, including President Rich Trumka, along with representatives from international unions and government officials such as NLRB member Philip Miscimarra, also joined the event.

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Joe Courtney: Champion for IBB causes

Congressman Courtney acknowledges his 10-year partnership with the Boilermakers, calling the union “an incredible ally.”

Conn. congressman receives second legislator of year award

WHEN IT COMES to lawmakers who reliably fight for labor causes — especially IBB causes — Joe Courtney’s name frequently appears at the top of the list. The U.S. representative from Connecticut’s 2nd congressional district received his second Abe Breehey Legislator of the Year Award May 17 during the Boilermakers’ annual LEAP conference in Washington, D.C. He received his first award in 2007 during his first term in Congress.

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LEAP conference targets fast track, TPP

Passions rise against yet another free trade deal

THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION’S push for fast track trade authority and new trade deals dominated the Boilermakers’ 2015 LEAP conference discussion May 18-19 in Washington, D.C., as speakers slammed the efforts, calling them disastrous for American jobs.

In his opening remarks, International President Newton B. Jones outlined those issues and others that are important to our union.

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Union hosts congressional reception

Annual event attracts legislators, officials, labor leaders

EACH YEAR THE LEAP conference hosts a special event designed for one purpose: to bring together legislators, government officials, labor leaders, and others who play a role in the welfare of our members and their families.

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Local 627 members protest TPP

AS OPPOSITION TO fast track and the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal swelled across the United States, three Boilermakers from Local 627, Phoenix, joined with members of other area unions May 20 to protest the deal outside the district office of U.S. Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ 9th). Holding an opposition banner are Richard Lerma, left, and Shaun Scharer. Not pictured is Daniel Gardener.

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Boilermakers name Rep. Slaughter Legislator of the Year

Congresswoman Slaughter speaks about her career-long support of American workers.

N.Y. congresswoman cited for opposing bad trade deals, defending workers

THE BOILERMAKERS HONORED Congresswoman Louise M. Slaughter (D-NY) May 19 as the 2014 Abe Breehey Legislator of the Year during the 47th Annual Legislative Education Action Program (LEAP) in Washington, D.C.

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LEAP 2015 Tentative Issues

MANY ISSUES WILL come before Congress between now and the LEAP Conference in mid-May. Republicans now control both the House and Senate, and this should make for an interesting legislative session! However, we don’t have a firm idea yet about what issues may be on the main Republican agenda and whether Congress will work with the administration. Much will depend on what moves forward in the next month or two. While there are many issues on which we could lobby, we do try to limit them to about four major topics for our visits to the Hill.

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