Union administration

National conventions & rap sessions

Article 3 Section 1 of the NALC Constitution states:

The National Convention of this Union shall be held biennially in even-numbered years between the Fourth of July and third full week of August.

  • The 72nd Convention in 2020 is Aug. 17-21 in Honolulu.
  • The 73rd Convention in 2022 is Aug. 8-12 in Chicago.
  • The 74th Convention in 2024 is Aug. 5-9 in Boston
  • The 75th Convention in 2026 is Aug. 3-7 in Los Angeles

 

Article 3 Section 4(b) of the NALC Constitution states:

(b). The National President shall, once each year except in the year of the National Convention, call a national conference. This conference shall be voluntarily attended by only State and Branch Presidents or their designees, with their expenses to be borne by the State Association or Branch represented.

National conferences are better known as “rap sessions.”

 

 

Pandemic forces cancellation of the Honolulu Convention

As it has for so many events, from the Tokyo Olympics to the opening of the Major League Baseball season, the Covid-19 pandemic has forced the cancellation of the NALC’s 72nd National Convention. At the direction of the NALC Executive Council, we have notified the convention center, convention hotels, and various convention vendors of our decision to cancel the convention, which was to be held Aug. 17-21, 2020 in Honolulu, Hawaii.

The Council made the unprecedented decision after it became clear that the state government of Hawaii could not give us any assurance that gatherings with the number of delegates attending would be allowed in August. Nor could we be assured that travel to Honolulu would be permitted under the state’s strict quarantine law which currently requires all travelers to self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival in the islands.

President Rolando thanked the leadership of Honolulu Branch 860 for all their hard work in preparing for the convention and expressed the NALC’s hope that it would be possible to convene in Hawaii in the future.

Branches need not cancel their hotel reservations made through NALC’s official housing provider Experient, Inc. – they will be automatically canceled with no further action required. Any credit card on file used as a guarantee to hold hotel rooms through the official housing company has not and will not be charged. If a room deposit was sent by check, instructions will be sent by email from Experient concerning how to receive the deposit money back.

Branches should, however, cancel any flight reservations and contact airlines about their refund policies and rules for using credits for future flights.

Additionally, any branch or delegate that made hotel reservations or other housing arrangements outside of NALC’s official housing company is responsible for canceling those reservations.

The Executive Council will continue to monitor the effects of the pandemic and available options for scheduling the convention in the future.

 

Hotel rates for 2020 Biennial Convention 

A list of NALC hotels and rates are HERE.

As a reminder, all housing reservations will be handled through NALC’s official housing company. Branches and/or delegates should not contact hotels directly.

 

Hotel room deposit checks

For branches that have sent or will be sending hotel room deposits by check to the housing company, please be advised that the actual depositing of the checks has been delayed. Branches will receive confirmation from the housing company that the branch’s deposit check has been received. The delay in the depositing of the check will have no effect on maintaining the branch’s hotel reservations. The branch will be notified by the housing company prior to its check being deposited. Branches should not delay mailing the deposit to the housing company despite the delay in it being deposited.

Hotel room deposit checks

For branches that have sent or will be sending hotel room deposits by check to the housing company, please be advised that the actual depositing of the checks has been delayed. Branches will receive confirmation from the housing company that the branch’s deposit check has been received. The delay in the depositing of the check will have no effect on maintaining the branch’s hotel reservations. The branch will be notified by the housing company prior to its check being deposited. Branches should not delay mailing the deposit to the housing company despite the delay in it being deposited.

CANCEL FEE UPDATE: Please be advised that the deadline for canceling hotel rooms without being charged a cancellation fee has been extended from April 16 to June 1, 2020. This information is also on the housing website. For each reservation canceled after June 1, 2020 there is a $30.00 cancelation fee.