We greatly appreciate your taking time out of your busy schedule to participate in Lobby Day 2105: Raising Our Voices For Change on April 23. Don't underestimate the significance of your presence. The focus of Lobby Day 2015 includes issues that are of great importance to employee rights advocates, their clients, and the fair administration of justice: promoting tax fairness for workers in employment and civil rights cases, opposing forced arbitration of employment disputes, and advocating for an independent federal judiciary that reflects the rich experiential diversity of the legal community and does not place the interests of employers over the rights of employees. There may be an opportunity for some Lobby Day participants to meet with their legislators on other NELA priorities, and the NELA Staff will contact you if the occasion arises. 

Why is it so important that you are coming to Washington? We need your involvement to make gains for America's workers and to ensure that the progress we have already made to protect all of America's workers will not be eroded in the 114th Congress. Together, we must continue to fight for equality and justice in the American workplace in what know is a challenging time to advance workers' rights.

NELA members and their clients enjoy Lobby Day because it is inspiring, fun, and they are making a difference on behalf of America's workers. Below are some comments from past Lobby Day participants:

Lobby Day works. We need to win our legislative objectives, so it is important that we keep plugging away.

Could not have been a better experience.

I could not have been more impressed with my first lobbying experience.

Lobby Day Highlights
This year's program will include two pre-Lobby Day training teleconferences ("NELA Lobby Day 2015 Issues" and "How To Lobby"), as well as a "Lobby Day Orientation & Briefing" on April 23 from 9:30–10:30 a.m. at the United Methodist Building, NELA's Lobby Day Headquarters. The United Methodist Building is located at 100 Maryland Avenue, NE in Washington, DC, close to the Supreme Court and within view of the Capitol.

Hill Visits & State Captains
NELA members who volunteer as "State Captains" will assist in scheduling Hill Visits because we know that it is more effective for constituents to request and schedule their own visits. Serving as a State Captain is very rewarding and fun, but not time intensive. If you would like to volunteer to be a State Captain or assist a State Captain, please contact us.

To facilitate scheduling appointments, our State Captains will coordinate with other Lobby Day participants from their own state and submit one appointment request to House and Senate offices on their behalf. We also encourage Lobby Day participants who have relationships with Members of Congress who represent other states to contact the appropriate State Captain about joining those Hill Visits. You are welcome to contact us for assistance. Even though State Captains are responsible for scheduling the Hill Visits, all Lobby Day participants are expected to prepare for their meetings.
Lobby Day Orientation & Briefing
Whether or not you participate in either of the pre-lobby day Teleconference training calls, please plan to join us at 9:30 a.m. on Lobby Day morning at the United Methodist Building, NELA's Lobby Day Headquarters for our "Lobby Day Orientation & Briefing." We will provide you with an orientation, up-to-the-minute briefing on Congress, and your "marching orders" for the day. You will also receive your final Appointment Schedules, reflecting any last-minute scheduling changes, and a hard copy of the Lobby Day Packet. The United Methodist Building is located at 100 Maryland Avenue, NE in Washington, DC. ​

Join NELA’s Grassroots Advocacy Team

If you haven't done so already, we invite you to join our Grassroots Advocacy Team and become part of a national network of lawyers, employees, workers' rights advocates, and other members of the public who are working together to promote laws and policies that advance equality and justice in the American workplace.

Thank You For Raising Your Voice For Change!
On behalf of the NELA Lobby Day Team, we look forward to working with you and to seeing you in Washington! Please contact me at lflegel@nelahq.org or (202) 898-2880, ext. 115 if you have any questions or need assistance.

Laura M. Flegel
Legislative & Public Policy Director

Please bookmark this site and refer to it as you prepare for your Hill Visits with your legislators.

Lobby Day 2015 Issues

Arbitration Fairness Act of 2013 (AFA)

Introduced May 7, 2013; bill needs to be reintroduced in the 114th Congress.

S. 878
Sponsor: Sen. Al Franken (D-MN)

H.R. 1844
Sponsor: Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA)

More information

Civil Justice Tax Fairness Act of 2013 (CJTFA)
(Formerly known as the Civil Rights Tax Relief Act and the Civil Rights Tax Fairness Act.)
Introduced June 26, 2013; bill needs to be reintroduced in the 114th Congress.
CJTFA 113th Congress Advocacy List

S. 1224
Sponsor: Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD)

H.R. 2509

Sponsor: Rep. John Lewis (D-GA)

More Information

Preparing For Hill Visits

Contact Laura M. Flegel,
Legislative & Public Policy Director,
lflegel@nelahq.org, (202) 898-2880, ext. 115

Preparing For Your Hill Visits
Hill Visit Briefer
Tips For Successful Meetings With Congressional Offices

Scheduling Hill Visits: State Captain Resources

Sample House Hill Visit Request Email
Sample Senate Hill Visit Request Email
Hill Visit Appointment Form

Capitol Hill Switchboard: (202) 224-3121

Reporting On Hill Visits

Hill Visit Appointment Form
Hill Visit Report Form
Lobby Day Evaluation