2017 IAM Communications Conference


December 16, 2016

Subj:    2017 Communications Conference

Austin, Texas

To All District Lodge Presidents and Secretary-Treasurers, Local Lodge Presidents and Recording Secretaries, Directing Business Representatives, Business Representatives, TCU Carmen Division Officers, National Representatives, Assistant National Representatives and Local Lodge Officers

Dear Brothers and Sisters:

This is the official call for the 2017 IAM Communications Conference scheduled for

Sunday, May 21 through Wednesday, May 24, 2017, at the Hyatt Regency Austin, 208 Barton Springs Road, Austin, Texas 78704, phone (512) 480-2070, fax (512) 480-2089.

Plan to arrive on Sunday, May 21. Conference registration begins at 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and continues on Monday, May 22 from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.  The conference will wrap-up around midday on Wednesday, May 24, 2017, with an appreciation banquet planned for that evening.  Plan your departure date accordingly.

For this important conference, we have arranged for a special room rate of $209.00 for single or double occupancy.  When calling, request the group rate for IAMAW or International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers.  The telephone number for reservations is 888-421-1442.  An online reservation may be made at http://iam4.me/17CommConf.

The cutoff date for this rate is Monday, April 24, 2017.  After that date, we cannot guarantee the special room rate or guarantee the availability of a room.

There is a $100.00 conference registration fee that will help defray the cost of a planned river cruise on Tueday, May 23 and the appreciation banquet on Wednesday, May 24.  If possible, the registration fee should be paid when you return the enclosed registration form; no cash will be accepted at registration.

Please mail completed registration forms to the IAM Communications Department, 9000 Machinists Place, Upper Marlboro, MD 20772.

The Communications Conference is a great learning experience.  This is a unique opportunity to master the skills needed to be effective communicators.

I plan to actively participate in the workings of this year's conference.  I sincerely urge all of you to plan your time and budgets to join us for what I know will be a rewarding experience for you.  If there are any questions concerning this conference, please direct them to the Communications Department at (301) 967-4520.


In solidarity,
Robert Martinez, Jr.

International President



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