The Women’s and Fair Practices Departments gave out its first Augusta Y. Thomas Civil Rights Awards during the 2019 Legislative Civil Rights Luncheon. These awards are in honor of National Vice President Emeritus, Augusta Y. Thomas, a dedicated trade unionist and true champion for civil, human, women's, and workers' rights.
Each year, the Women’s and Fair Practice’s Departments will present four deserving individuals with one of these awards for their demonstrated commitment and work in the following areas:
We must continue to keep NVP Emeritus Augusta Y. Thomas’s legacy alive through the recognition of those who go above and beyond through exemplary activism.
The deadline for submission of nominations is January 24, 2020. All award winners will be announced and awarded during the 2020 Legislative Civil Rights Luncheon.
The Education and Training Award recognizes an individual who has been active in their union, demonstrated a commitment to educating and training members in their local, council and/or districts. This award recognizes an individual who has provided EEO trainings, assisted members with EEO issues, and/or promoted Diversity and Inclusion efforts within the Federal/DC Government workplaces.
The Member Mobilization A ward recognizes an individual who has been active in their union and demonstrated a commitment to Mobilizing and Organizing AFGE members around civil, human, and worker's rights in their local, council and/or district. This award recognizes an individual who has worked to help raise the profile of civil and human rights and strengthen the worker's rights agenda; has worked to organize members; and worked with AFL-CIO constituency groups and other allied organizations to improve the coalition base.
The Legislative Political Action Award recognizes an individual who has been active in their union and demonstrated commitment to improving working conditions, with a focus on eliminating employment discrimination. This award recognizes an individual who has worked with state or local officials to address issues facing employees in the workplace and in their communities.
The Representation through Litigation Award recognizes an individual who has been active in their union and demonstrated a commitment to eradicating discrimination in the workplace. This award recognizes an individual who has advised, assisted and represented members with their EEO cases before the EEOC, MSPB and/or in Arbitrations; monitored trends in EEO laws and regulations; and worked with their Agency, state or local officials to address EEO issues in the workplace.