This year, our National Convention will be held from August 2nd-4th at the Westin Peachtree Plaza (hotel & conference center), in Downtown Atlanta, Georgia.
We chose the Peachtree for a few reasons.
The Westin Peachtree is one of only two union hotels in a city decimated by Air BnB and since the Convention is where most of our organizational resources go, it was crucial that we chose a union venue. The Peachtree workers are members of Unite Here, Local 23. Becase they are union hotel, the rates for registration and housing are higher than the 2017 National Convention but the National Office is subsidizing registration fees and offering solidarity scholarships to share this cost.
We also chose the Westin Peachtree because of feedback we received about accessibility during the 2017 Convention. The 2017 Convention was in a more affordable venue but with insufficient breakout space. Further, because sessions were spread out over several city blocks, some sessions were difficult for members with mobility issues to access. This year we have hundreds more delegates but we will remain in one building. We also have four floors of the hotel exclusively, so all sessions are very close to each other in the same building. This is better for delegate access and also easier to monitor for security.
The Westin Peachtree Hotel and Conference Center are both ADA Compliant venues and out of all the venues we compared, it was the most accessible beyond the basic ADA guidelines.
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If you are a delegate and have questions about Convention accessibility or would like to request accommodations at the Convention, please email firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible.
Childwatch for delegates attending with children will be available onsite at no additional charge. Need for childcare should be indicated at the time of registration or by emailing email@example.com
GROUND TRANSPORT IN ATLANTA
The Westin Peachtree Plaza at 210 Peachtree St NW Atlanta is near the Peachtree Center MARTA station. Local transportation from the airport is simple and costs $2.50.