AFL-CIO 2018 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Civil and Human Rights Conference


The AFL-CIO’s Civil, Human and Women’s Rights Department will host the 2018 Martin Luther King Jr. Civil and Human Rights Conference, January 12 – 15, 2018 at the Hilton Americas - Houston, 1600 Lamar St., Houston, TX.  This conference celebrates Dr. King’s life and his legacy of working to improve our lives and the lives of future generations.

The conference workshops and plenary sessions are focused on the labor movement's key priorities:  raising wages, racial justice, voting rights, immigration, LGBTQ equality, criminal justice, education and a myriad of other issues affecting working families and our community.

The fee for registrations received after November 11 is $250.   A late registration fee of $275 is charged for those received after December 12.  Please note:  late registrations are based on availability and cannot be guaranteed.

Conference registration can only be made on-line, HERE.

You are encouraged to use the conference website when making your hotel accommodations.  Click on the Lodging tab on the registration page to reserve you room.  You can also phone the hotel directly at 713-739-8000 and reference the group code 1ML.  The room rate is $189 plus 17% tax per night.  This rate is available until December 19, or when the block is filled, whichever comes first.  Those who plan to attend should make their hotel reservations as soon as possible as rooms for this conference sell out quickly. The hotel offers self-parking at $24 per vehicle, per day and valet parking service is $36 per day.

T-shirts will be provided to all USW delegates.  Please e-mail your district and local union number along with your delegate’s T-shirt size(s) to Emily Jefferson at no later than December 15.

The AFL-CIO Civil, Human and Women’s Right Department is seeking a limited number of volunteers this year to assist with registration and other functions related to the conference.  They have requested volunteers arrive Thursday, January 11, one day before the official opening of the conference.  If you wish to be a volunteer, after submitting your registration, please send an e-mail to Emily Jefferson indicating that you would like to volunteer and that you have been approved to arrive January 11.

In accordance with our established policy, your Local Union must bear the entire expense to attend this conference. All USW staff must have approval from the appropriate District Director/Department Head prior to booking their travel and hotel reservations.

Click to view the letter from USW Vice President Fred Redmond to all USW locals about attending the AFL-CIO's 2018 Civil and Human Rights Conference: PDF Notice to all USW Locals