2020 USW District 4 Rapid Response & Legislative Conference


We are excited to announce the very first District 4 Rapid Response and Legislative Conference. It will be held from March 9–12, 2020, in Albany, NY at the Hilton Albany Hotel, 40 Lodge St., Albany, NY 12207.

Every time we walk into our workplaces or negotiate a contract, laws and policies impact us. Elected officials are making decisions on these issues every day. The question is -- will those decisions benefit us or do us harm?

Getting involved in Rapid Response and our union’s legislative work brings our perspective to the table.  By attending the conference, locals will gain knowledge on the key issues of today, learn how to share those issues with your broader membership, and build skills to help your local engage in actions that boost our union’s power to impact government decisions – whether that’s in Washington, in your state, or even your local community.

We encourage every local to take part. We all have a stake. Rapid Response Coordinators and Team Members along with Local leadership are strongly encouraged to attend.

Click here to download the call letter as a PDF.


Mon., March 9

4-6 p.m. - Registration
6 p.m. - Orientation

Tues., March 10

7-8:30 a.m. - Registration
8:30 a.m. - Conference begins, general sessions and workshops will continue throughout the day

Wed., March 11: Lobby Day & Closing Reception

Morning - We will head to the New York State Capital for a day of fighting for our agenda and meeting with elected officials
Evening - Closing reception and dinner

Thurs., March 12

8 a.m. - Debrief of our lobbying efforts
10 a.m. - Adjourn 


Please pre-register online, by mail, or by fax before February 17, 2020. The cost per attendee is $100.

Register Online - http://usw.to/D4RRConference

Register by Mail - Mail the completed registration form and your check to:

United Steelworkers District 4
Attn. Mary Quirk
305 Cayuga Road
Suite 175
Cheektowaga, NY 14225 

Register by Fax – Fax the completed registration form to the USW District 4 Office at 716-565-1727, then mail checks to the United Steelworkers District 4 Office at the address above.

Checks should be made payable to: United Steelworkers District 4.

Click here to download the registration form as a PDF.

Hotel Information 

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Hilton Albany in Albany, NY.  Attendees should make their own hotel reservations by calling the hotel at 1-866-691-1183 and referring to the conference code, 4USW.

If you prefer to book online, click here.  

The hotel will accept reservations until February 17, 2020.  To ensure availability, please make your reservations as soon as possible.

The room rate is $145 a night plus tax. A credit card will be needed to reserve the room. If a reservation must be cancelled, please do so 72 hours before arrival or your card will be charged. Check-in is 4 p.m. and check-out is 11 a.m. Hotel parking is available at a discounted conference rate of $7 per day.

In accordance with our established policy, the International Union will not be responsible for the cost of delegate(s) participation. Your local union must bear any expenses for attendance, including travel and hotel fees.


If you have any questions regarding the registration process or conference details, please contact the District 4 Rapid Response Coordinator, Mark McDonald at 716-565-1720. We look forward to your local’s participation in what promises to be a very exciting conference.