5 Reasons to Join A Union

  • Working together, union members have the strength to win better wages, affordable health care, a secure retirement, and safer workplaces.
  • The "Union Advantage" is substantial. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, union members are much more likely to have health benefits and pensions.
  • In addition to helping workers win better wages and benefits, unions help all workers by giving working families a stronger voice in our communities and in the political arena.
  • For people of color and women workers, the union impact is even greater. Women workers who are union members earn nearly $9,000 a year more than their non-union counterparts. For African-American workers, the union differential is also about $9,000. For Latino workers, the yearly advantage is more than $11,000.
  • By joining together we can build the strength to hold elected officials accountable, stop the "race to the bottom" by employers who cut wages and benefits in favor of bigger profits, and win improvements such as affordable, quality health care for all.

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Organizing Department Staff

Steve Roberts
Director, Organizing Department

Steve Roberts joined the TWU as a Fleet Service Agent working for Pan American World Airways at LAX in 1979, later transferring to Miami. He served as Chief Shop Steward of Local 500 — the first local in the TWU’s Air Transport Division — for over a decade before becoming a full-time Union representative with the Local in 1992.

As a Rep for Local 500, Roberts represented members in grievance procedure, spearheaded organizing efforts, negotiated contracts, and fulfilled the duties of Secretary-Treasurer.

In 2002, Roberts joined TWU International staff as an organizer under former International President Sonny Hall. Over the past decade, Roberts has directed efforts on successful organizing campaigns across every TWU Division — Transit, Rail, Air, and Gaming. Counted among these drives is Spirit, AirTran, Fort Gordon, Fort Lee, Port Canaveral, Lakeland Transit, Collier Area Transit, Wynn Las Vegas, and Caesars Palace Las Vegas Hotel & Casino.

Roberts’ activism is guided by a firm belief that equal rights and representation should be afforded to all employees in the workplace.

He earned his degree in Sheet Metal Repair from George T. Baker Aviation School, and has completed numerous courses in labor relations at the George Meany Center for Labor Studies.