Director, Organizing Department
Steve Roberts joined 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 procedures, spearheaded organizing efforts, negotiated contracts, and fulfilled the duties of Secretary-Treasurer.
In 2002, Roberts joined the TWU International staff as an organizer. 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 (now part of Southwest), 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.