Paper Sector Bargaining Conference


The 8th USW Paper Sector Bargaining Conference will be held at the Westin Hotel and Convention Center in Pittsburgh, Penn., July 17-20, 2018. This is the conference where we set forth our bargaining agenda and build our work plan for the next two years.


In order to cover conference costs, a registration fee of $150 per participant has been set. Registration must be completed and returned by June 25, 2018. 

You can register a few ways:

  1. Click here to register online. Once your registration is complete, mail registration fee(s) to:

    USW, c/o Laura Donovan
    60 Boulevard of the Allies
    10th Floor
    Pittsburgh, PA 15222

  2. Click here to download a registration form. Completed forms can be faxed to Laura Donovan at (412) 562-2275, then mail your fee(s) to the address above. You can also mail your completed registration form and fee(s) to the address above. 


A block of rooms has been reserved at the Wyndham Hotel, 600 Commonwealth Place, Pittsburgh, PA 15222. The room rate is $130 per night. 

The deadline for reservations is July 6, 2018

Click here to reserve a room. 

Please note all the rooms at the Westin have been booked. 


In cooperation with Professional Travel, Inc., we have made special arrangements for air transportation to the conference. At your option, reservations may be made by calling 1-877-499-1149 (select option “4”) Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m., or via email at Please reference group code 0718PBCUSW when calling or emailing. 

In accordance with prior conferences of this nature, your local union must bear the entire expense of its delegates’ participation. 


Delegates should plan to arrive on Monday, July 16 and to depart on Friday, July 20. There will be evening registration on Monday, July 16 and a morning registration on July 17, with meetings beginning at 8:30 on July 17. 

On Monday, July 16th, we will hold a meeting for box/converter locals/units ONLY with arrival on Sunday, July 15. The Conference will then begin for all locals/units on Tuesday July 17. It is important to have as many box/converter locals as possible attend this special meeting. if your local finances are tight, you can plan to leave after the meeting and not stay for the entire week but we will bring the results of this meeting forward into the conference for bargaining agenda and work plan purposes. 

There will not be a registration process or fee for this meeting unless you plan to attend the rest of the conference. 

The Conference agenda will include plenary presentations and safety-based workshops designed around the Making and Converting Paper Safely program as well as educational workshops to build our locals. Also, this year we plan to hold sector strategy meetings for packaging and tissue locals. 

Click here to download the conference call letter as a PDF.