2020 MLK Event Details Released

We are excited to announce that registration for the 2020 AFL-CIO Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Civil and Human Rights Conference is officially open.

With all the critical electoral and democratic work ahead of us in the new year, our theme for the 2020 MLK Conference is "Give Us the Ballot," drawn from Dr. King's pivotal voting rights speech delivered at the Prayer Pilgrimage for Freedom gathering in Washington, D.C., in 1957.

More than 60 years after Dr. King laid out for the nation the innumerable gains that would be made possible if every citizen had full access to the voting booth, we are still facing voter disenfranchisement at alarming levels.

We in the labor movement know that ensuring full voting access and a fair count of every ballot are the most important work we are doing. And I am hopeful that when we convene Jan. 17–19 in Washington, D.C., we will come with our sleeves rolled up and ready to work!


Friday, January 17-Sunday, January 19, 2020


Capital Hilton
1001 16th Street NW
Washington, District of Columbia 20036
(202) 393-1000


Click here to register online.

It is recommended that you register and/or purchase day passes in advance, as on-site registration will be limited and not guaranteed.

Friday - Day Pass: $125.00
General Admission: $200.00

Payment by credit card is preferred. The credit cards that are accepted include MasterCard, Visa and American Express. If paying by check, register online and select “check” as payment method.

Make check payable to "AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer" and mail promptly to:

Attn: Meetings and Travel—MLK
815 16th St., NW
Washington, DC 20006

Please include a copy of your registration confirmation and/or a list of the names for whom the payment is being submitted. All checks must be received by Dec. 21, 2019. Any registrants who have not paid by this date will be canceled. You will be able to register again at the prevailing rate and pay by credit card online.

Final date to request a refund is Dec. 21, 2019. You may request a refund by modifying your registration online.

Click here to register online.


Negotiated lodging rates have been established with the Capital Hilton (1001 16th St, NW, Washington, DC 20036) at for $169 a night plus taxes and fees.

You can secure your lodging by clicking here or Calling the Hilton's Central Reservation Line at 1-800-445-8667 referencing "MLK" or January 2020 AFL-CIO Conference. All rates include breakfast and access to the concierge lounge for hotel guests.


Friday, January 17, 2020
7 a.m.-2:45 p.m.: Registration Opens

9-10:45 a.m.: Opening Plenary-Give Us the Ballot

11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Workshops

12:30-1:30 p.m.: Lunch

1:30-2:45 p.m.: Workshops

2:45-4 p.m.: Workshops

7-10 p.m.: Awards Ceremony and Reception

Saturday, January 18, 2020

7 a.m.-Noon: Community Service (Activities TBA)

Noon-1 p.m.: Lunch

1-2:30 p.m.: Workshops

2:30-4 p.m.: Workshops

4:15-6 p.m.: Closing Plenary

Sunday, January 19, 2020

9 a.m.-Noon: Worship Service (Location TBA)
Noon: Conference Concludes

Press Inquiries

Media Contacts

Communications Director:
Jess Kamm at 412-562-2446

USW@WORK (USW magazine)
Editor R.J. Hufnagel

For industry specific inquiries,
Call USW Communications at 412-562-2442

Mailing Address

United Steelworkers
Communications Department
60 Blvd. of the Allies
Pittsburgh, PA 15222