May is Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month. As part of its yearly celebration of leaders from the AAPI community who are shaping the labor movement for the future, the AFL-CIO featured AFA-CWA Local 29043 member Folafolaga Avei. Folafolaga Avei has been a Flight Attendant with Hawaiian Airlines for nine years, where he also has served as the master executive council chairperson for the airline's human rights committee. As a representative, Avei has been at the forefront of educating members about issues related to the Asian American Pacific Islander community. Through these efforts, he has rallied the community to demand an end to anti-Asian hate, marched for racial equality and justice, and campaigned to protect children and women against human trafficking. Avei has also worked to reduce poverty and homelessness.
May 26, 2022