3.06.19 – Honoring Lenny Aurigemma – Recipient of the Martha W. Griffiths Award

APFA Special Hotline

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

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On Monday night, APFA held an awards ceremony at the Annual Board of Directors Convention in Boston. One of the three awards presented was the Martha W. Griffiths Award.

In the 1950s, Martha W. Griffiths was instrumental in the legislative fight against the discrimination of Flight Attendants that married or reached the age of 32. Martha’s fight didn’t stop there as she was pivotal in the prohibition against sex discrimination that was included in the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

On March 14, 1995, the APFA Board of Directors proclaimed that APFA’s highest honor, the “Union Contribution Award,” would be renamed the “APFA Martha W. Griffiths Award” as an homage to Martha’s lifelong dedication to civil rights.

APFA is proud to bestow the APFA Martha W. Griffiths Award to Lenny Aurigemma, who has a strong history in union activism. During Lenny’s 40 years of tenure, he has served in many capacities at APFA, including on the Board of Directors, as an Ad Hoc, as Eastern Regional Division Rep, as a member of the Joint Negotiating Committee, and many others. His dedication to the membership is what unionism is all about, and we are grateful for his contribution.

We are honored to have Lenny as the first male to be awarded the Martha W. Griffiths Award. Lenny has received a special APFA pin and will have a picture on display in the hall at APFA headquarters along with previous recipients of the award.

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