CONFERENCE CALL: 2017 IAM Transportation Conference

November 3, 2016
TO:  All Local Lodge Recording Secretaries, District Lodge 140 President/Directing General Chairperson & Secretary-Treasurer, and General Chairpersons in Canada
Dear Sisters and Brothers:
This will serve as official notice of our 2017 IAM Transportation Conference. 
The 2017 Conference will be held at Caesars Palace Las Vegas, located at 3570 South Las Vegas Boulevard, Las Vegas, Nevada commencing at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday, April 9, 2017 through Wednesday, April 12, 2017. Travel days will be Saturday April 8, and Thursday April 13, 2017.    
Confirmation of Registration will be held on Saturday April 8, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and continue the following morning from 7:30 8:00 a.m.
The Transportation Conference will again encompass a combined meeting of delegates and staff from the transportation and railroad industries.  Everyone will participate in the general sessions of the Conference.  Committees will be established to address topics of mutual concern, and other committees will consider industry-related issues. When the work of the committees has been completed, they will report back to the Conference so that every delegate will be involved in shaping our future goals.
Our Transportation Department Staff of Grand Lodge Representatives will participate in this conference.  Each District and Local Lodge will bear all expenses for their delegates.
Lodges should give careful consideration to their membership structure and attempt to send a balanced delegation, reflective of the different companies, classifications or genders within the Lodge.  Of course, the Lodge’s finances and applicable bylaws will need to be considered.
An electronic preregistration process has been set up for this conference. Instructions on how to register electronically will be sent directly to each District Secretary-Treasurer and Local Lodge Recording Secretary.  A paper copy listing delegates from your Lodge will NOT be required to be mailed.
Each District Lodge and each Local Lodge Recording Secretary should designate those members elected to represent their Lodge as soon as possible, but no later than Friday, February 10, 2017. This is extremely important because we will need to know the number of delegates and representatives attending so that committee assignments can be made.
The Caesars Palace Hotel has set aside a block of rooms with a guaranteed rate of $169.00 USD per day, plus tax, for single or double occupancy.  An additional required resort fee of $29.00 USD includes unlimited local phone calls, two (2) guest admissions per day to the fitness center and in-room internet for two (2) devices per room per day.
Hotel reservations can be made on Caesars Palace website: , or by calling the Hotel directly at 1 877-603-4389.
Please make your reservations no later than Friday, February 10, 2017.
I strongly urge District Lodge 140 and their Local Lodges in Canada to respond to the opportunity to participate with us in April as we plan for the future.
If there are any questions with regard to the above arrangements, please contact my office.
Yours in Solidarity,
Stan Pickthall
IAMAW, Canada
cc: Executive Council
Gord Falconer, Chief of Staff
Carlos DaCosta, Airline Coordinator
Transportation LL Presidents/Recording Secretaries