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Salandra Benton, Convener

  SALANDRA BENTON
  FCBCP,  STATE CONVENER
Salandra’s community work involves educating our youth in churches and on college campuses about why the labor movement is important and vital to all people. She educates them on why they need to become an activist in their work place (union or non -union shops).  Salandra serves as the State Convener and on the Board of Directors for National Coalition on Black Civic Participation and she works with other coalitions to turnout the youth vote and to encourage them to engage in civic participation; in 2004 and 2008 she was recognized by the Ford Foundation for her successful work and in 2008.   

Over three decades, Salandra has served on many committees and boards.  She has received many awards for her hard work.  To name a few; she was a recipient of the NAACP Benjamin L Hooks Award, A. Phillip Randolph Institute,  Spirit of Democracy, Davis Productivity Award, Metropolitan Life Foundation, United States Department of Agriculture and in 2007  she received the late great labor leader Jerry Wurf’s scholarship. She has been covered by every type of media outlet; Salandra has been quoted saying, “Labor rights are Civil Rights and Civil Rights are Labor’s responsibility”.    

Salandra has a degree in Business Administration. She was elected by her peers at Harvard to be the class speaker for Harvard Trade Union Program in 2008.

Salandra’s passion is for the young people because they can carry the vision and her commitment is to the older people because they have seen the vision. Her love is her family that keeps her lifted up.

She currently lives in Titusville, Florida she now currently serves as the State Community Organizer Director for Florida AFL-CIO. Before joining the AFL-CIO staff, she served as Organizing Director for American Federation State County Municipal Employees Council 79 in Florida. She has led and participated in some hard, but successful organizing campaigns in Florida and around the country to bring justice to working people. She served in all capacity of the labor movement: President of local 3040; Secretary Treasure local 2866; Executive Board Member for AFSCME Florida Council 79; Trustee for Space Coast AFL-CIO; President of The Coalition of Black Trade Unionist Central Florida Charter, and Vice President for A. Phillip Randolph Institute Space Coast Chapter.