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Electrical Workers Minority Caucus



Call to Action: Unite for a Better Tomorrow 

January 15-19, 2020 

Marriott Marquis Hotel, Chicago, Ill. 


The Electrical Workers Minority Caucus ("EWMC") is pleased to announce the 30th annual leadership conference from January 15 -19, 2020 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in Chicago, Illinois. Chicago is also referred to as the Windy City and is the largest city in the Midwest, known for its rich history, architecture, good food, music and cultural diversity. 

EWMC members will converge on Chicago from every District of the IBEW to come together to dialogue, share and exchange information, enhance their leadership skills, learn about and deliberate on political, economic, social and environmental issues important to workers and their families. Delegates will have an opportunity to Network and volunteer to give back to the Chicago community by participating in community service projects. 

The high powered EWMC/RENEW one-day conference takes place on Wednesday, January 15, 2020 from 8:00 am to 5:30 pm. Young workers and leaders are urged to participate in this high energy, high impact and interactive conference coordinated by and for young workers.  The registration fee is $360 which includes the RENEW and Leadership Conference fees and membership dues. Please visit for Online Registration and other details about the conference, and to download the conference registration form.

The EWMC annual leadership conference begins Thursday evening, January 16, 2020 at 6:30 pm and concludes on Sunday, January 19 at 2:00 pm. Please review the entire conference agenda carefully for scheduling details before making travel arrangements. You do not want to miss any of the scheduled activities. 

During the conference delegates will participate in interactive skill-building workshops, plenary discussions and District, Industry (Utility, Telecommunication, Manufacturing, Broadcast, Government & Railroad), Construction and Youth Caucuses to address important issues unique to those branches. Delegates should come prepared to both share teachable experiences and highlight best practices to help shape and employ sound practices to build and strengthen our union, EWMC chapters and communities. 


Please register for the Conference early. The leadership conference registration fee is $300.00, which includes your EWMC 2020 membership dues of $75.00. Article IV, Section 4, requires payment of the current year’s membership dues before admission to the meeting. Click here to download the conference registration form.   


Marriott Marquis Chicago Hotel reservations should be made early to ensure room availability in the conference hotel. The special EWMC discount room rate is $135 plus applicable state and local sales taxes, currently 17.4%, or applicable service or hotel specific fees in effect at the time of the meeting. Room reservations are available on a first-come first-serve basis up to the maximum number of rooms in the EWMC room block. Hotel registrations must be made under Electrical Workers Minority Caucus or EWMC Conference 2020 at website: Room Reservations can also be made by calling Marriott’s registration desk at toll-free telephone number(877) 303-0104. Cancellations must be made at least 24 hours in advance of arrival or one night’s room and tax will be charged. The hotel registration cut-off date is December 23, 2019 (6:00 pm Central Time). 


One of the most rewarding conference activities is the day of service. EWMC volunteers arrive a day before the conference begins to sign up to volunteer for community service projects in the Chicago community. The purpose is to honor the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by helping those in need who are unable to otherwise help themselves. We strive to leave the surrounding Chicago community better than when we arrived by contributing our skills and talents in the areas in need. 

The EWMC Chicago chapter has identified disadvantaged communities, organizations, women, men and youth, dislocated families and elderly residents in the community. Projects include electrical work, painting, gardening, food bank worker assistance, special projects at homeless shelters, churches, juvenile and senior facilities, and schools in the area. EWMC members take great pride in their community work. In January, let’s show Chicago the real meaning of brotherhood and sisterhood. Sign up early for the "Day of Giving" that takes place Thursday morning, January 16, 2020 at 6:30 am. 


The EWMC will award scholarships to children of members in good standing at the 30th annual leadership conference in Chicago. The Requirements are as follows:

1. A scholarship candidate must be the child of a National EWMC member and a high school student who graduated in 2019. 

2. A copy of the diploma or a letter from the high school confirming graduation must be attached to the scholarship request. 

3. A 500-word typewritten Essay on The Importance of Giving Back to Your Community must be submitted along with the Scholarship request. 

4. Student must also submit a letter of approval for enrollment in a state certified trade school or a college certified by the Department of Education and accredited by the local accrediting association. 

Only those scholarship requests that meet the above requirements will be eligible for consideration. Please mail the requested documentation (Items 1-4) to the EWMC National Secretary, at P.O. Box 821462, Vancouver, WA 98682 by certified, return-receipt mail and postmarked no later than January 2, 2020. 

Interested in Volunteering for a Conference Committee? 

Members interested in serving on any of the committees described in Article VI (Registration; Rules and Order of Business; Resolutions/Bylaw Amendments; and Sergeant-At-Arms) should submit a written request to the EWMC President no later than December 09, 2020, c/o: EWMC National Secretary, P.O. Box 821462 Vancouver, WA 98682   

The 2020 EWMC Leadership Conference is open to all IBEW members.  

We welcome members from all races, cultures, gender identities, religions, and ethnicities.

Registrations for the Marriott Marquis Chicago Hotel must be made under Electrical Workers Minority Caucus or EWMC.  The online link is: The hotel reservation number is (877)303-0104Please register early! Special hotel discount rate for EWMC members is $135 per night plus local taxes, currently 17.4%. The hotel reservationcut-off-date” is December 23, 2020 at 6:00 p.m (CT).  If you have questions or a problem making your reservation, please contact Grace Smith at


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