The 2023 IAM Legislative Conference in the nation’s capital began on Monday, June 19. The conference includes nearly 350 delegates representing districts and locals across the United States. 

The first day included speeches of IAM International President Robert Martinez Jr., as well as IAM National Political and Legislative Director Hasan Solomon, who welcomed delegates and set the tone for this week’s agenda.

“We are here this week because we know that our work fighting for what’s right never ends,” said IAM International President Robert Martinez, Jr. “We are here to hold our elected officials accountable and let them know that you either stand with us or you stand against us!”

WATCH: IAM International President Robert Martinez, Jr. Opening 2023 IAM Legislative Conference

This important event provided an opportunity for IAM delegates to have their voices heard in the halls of Congress as they met with their congressional representatives to address critical issues affecting working Americans.

“If you want health care, you need a union; if you want a pension, you need a union,” said IAM National Political and Legislative Director Hasan Solomon as he addressed delegates of the 2023 Legislative Conference. “We are here to speak truth to power!” 

PHOTOS: 2023 IAM Legislative Conference

The first two days of the 2023 IAM Legislative Conference included important speakers such as:

  1. Robert Martinez Jr., IAM International President
  2. Hasan Solomon, IAM National Political and Legislative Director 
  3. Greg Regan, AFL-CIO Transportation Trades Department President
  4. Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD) 
  5. Carla Siegel, IAM General Counsel 
  6. Randy Erwin, NFFE-IAM Federal District 1 National President 
  7. Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-VA)
  8. Rep. Steven Horsford (D-NV)
  9. Rep. Linda Sánchez (D-CA)
  10. Stephen Benjamin, Office of Public Engagement, The White House, Senior Advisor and Director 
  11. Josh Hartford, IAM Special Assistant to the International President for the IAM Rail Division
  12. David Arouca, TCU/IAM National Legislative Director 

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