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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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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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