LaTonia Benoit Joins Texas AFL-CIO As Director of Education and Human Rights

The Texas AFL-CIO welcomes LaTonia Paul Benoit, a long-time labor leader with an outstanding portfolio of activism, as Director of Education and Human Rights.

Benoit moves to the state labor federation after 30 years as a Flight Attendant with Southwest Airlines, during which she was a member, and most recently 2nd Vice President, of Transport Workers Union Local 556. She is a graduate of the Texas AFL-CIO’s Ruth Ellinger School for Labor Leaders, and also has served as the TWU representative on the Texas AFL-CIO Executive Board. 

Benoit’s portfolio of work has long included civil rights advocacy. She has served as the Co-Chair of the national TWU Working Women’s Committee and TWU Civil and Human Rights Committee. She more recently served as a member of the Texas AFL-CIO Racial Justice & Equality Task Force. She has overseen engagement, diversity and cultural programs that have greatly benefited her union’s members. 

“We are so excited to welcome LaTonia Benoit to the Texas AFL-CIO team,” Texas AFL-CIO President Rick Levy said. “We have known and worked closely with LaTonia. She is a unique and hard-working leader and activist with the skill, vision, values and integrity to make a huge difference in the lives of working people in Texas.”

“In my time as a Flight Attendant, I have engaged with a broad cross-section of customers to build trust and rapport while helping travelers safely arrive at destinations across the U.S.,” Benoit said. “I have also worked to help Flight Attendants to a destination of stronger livelihoods and to urge communities toward a destination of racial justice. I’m delighted to have an opportunity to grow that activism at the Texas AFL-CIO and look forward to advocating for all the working people of Texas.”