Watchdog group to present annual awards to AFA-CWA’s President Nelson, Truth In Advertising’s Patten on Tuesday, 10/22

October 17, 2019

Media contact: National Consumers League – Carol McKay,, (412) 945-3242 or Taun Sterling,, (202) 207-2832

Washington, DC—The National Consumers League (NCL), the nation’s pioneering consumer and worker advocacy organization, has announced it will honor Sara Nelson, International President of the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, AFL-CIO with its highest honor, the Trumpeter Award, on Tuesday, October 22 in Washington, DC.

In addition to the Trumpeter Award, NCL will honor Bonnie Patten, co-founder and executive director of Truth In Advertising, with the 2019 Florence Kelley Consumer Leadership Award, named for NCL’s first general secretary and one of the most influential figures in 20th Century American history.


What: National Consumers League’s 2019 Trumpeter Awards
When: Tuesday, October 22, 2019 | 7 pm Dinner and Presentation of Awards

Where: The Mayflower Hotel | Chinese Ballroom
1127 Connecticut Ave, NW, Washington, DC 20036

This year marks the 120th anniversary of the National Consumers League, which honors leaders in the fight for consumer and worker rights each year with its Trumpeter Award. Past honorees include: Senator Ted Kennedy, the award’s inaugural recipient, as well as Labor Secretaries Hilda Solis, Robert Reich, and Alexis Herman, Senators Carl Levin and Paul Wellstone, Delores Huerta of the United Farm Workers, U.S. Representative John Lewis, and other honored consumer and labor leaders.

Last year’s Trumpeter recipients were Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Senator Ed Markey (D-MA).

“The Trumpeter Award is NCL’s highest honor, given to leaders who are not afraid to speak out for social justice and for the rights of consumers and workers. No one fits that description better than President Sara Nelson, a rising star in the labor movement who is fighting every day for working families,” said NCL Executive Director Sally Greenberg. “Sara has served as a leading voice on issues facing women in the workplace and across the country, encouraging women everywhere to join unions and to run them. She is both an inspiring example for women and a heroic advocate for all workers across the country. Sara’s dedication to improving the quality of life for workers in the United States has earned her this year’s Trumpeter Award.” 

“Deceptive marketing and false advertising take advantage and cost consumers billions of dollars each year,” said John Breyault, NCL vice president of public policy, telecommunications and fraud. “Enter Bonnie Patten and her team of dedicated lawyers and consumer education specialists work every day to hold flim-flam artists accountable and empower consumers to protect themselves and one another against deceptive marketing. Bonnie is devoted to promoting honest, fair, and accurate advertising of consumer products and services, and we are delighted to present her with this award to honor her commitment to consumer education and protection.”

This year’s Trumpeter Awards will feature a reception, dinner, and speaking appearances by NCL leadership and the honorees, as well as Maria Cardona, CNN/CNNE Commentator & Principal of Dewey Square Group as well as:

  • Former Trumpeter honoree and United Mine Workers of America President Cecil Roberts
  • The Honorable Donna Edwards, former U.S. Representative from Maryland’s 4th District

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Members of the media are welcome to attend this event but must RSVP. For questions or to RSVP: Call Carol McKay, (724) 799-5392 or Taun Sterling, (202) 207-2832


About the National Consumers League

The National Consumers League, founded in 1899, is America’s pioneer consumer organization. Our mission is to protect and promote social and economic justice for consumers and workers in the United States and abroad. For more information, visit