Meet the Workers: Nelson Robinson

Nelson Robinson
DCA Airport – Washington D.C.
member of Unite Here Local 23


Nelson has been an airline food worker, as a flight coordinator, for 7 years. He’s 38 years old, has two children, and also takes care of his parents. His favorite moment as a worker there was when he helped win his first grievance case, it really felt like the workers had power in that moment. Nelson is fed up because he’s overworked and underpaid. The airlines can improve by treating the workers better, giving the workers the raises they deserve, and providing proper equipment.

Nelson became a leader in his workplace because he knew it was time for someone to step up. Since it’s a diverse workplace, he knew it needed a voice, and he had respect from his coworkers. He fights because his coworkers work so hard to make ends meet by doing overtime or getting a second job. He wants others to know the fight is real, and to follow the tour, see our stories and to come out and see the workers for yourself.

Meet the Workers: Rosa Guerrero

Rosa Guerrero
IAH Airport – Houston, Texas
member of Unite Here Local 23

She fights for the newer generations coming after her, and not only for herself, but for all the people.  Justice in this campaign would mean that workers would get fair wages, and it would help her coworkers believe in the things they work for. She wants people just learning about the fed up tour to know that airline food workers are working really, really hard. There needs to be action taken. As workers, we need to support each other and share what we’re doing. Through sharing, we can show everyone we’re fighting and that we mean business.

Meet the Workers: Bharat Patel

Bharat Patel
ORD Airport – Chicago, Illinois
member of Unite Here Local 1


Bharat has been working as an airline food worker for over a year and a half. Originally from India, Bharat helps to translate for his coworkers, and one of his favorite parts of the job is getting to know all of his coworkers and helping people understand the union. Bharat is fed up because the airline companies make $35 billion in profits, yet their employees work hard to make delivery times and don’t get fairly compensated. People who work should have good pay.

Bharat encourages other workers to join the fight because we’re fighting for the true thing, the right thing, and to overcome the initial fear of standing up for yourself. Bharat encourages people just learning about the campaign to wake up, fight for their rights. We work for the airlines, so why won’t they work for us?

Meet the Workers: Maria Carillo

Maria Carillo
SEA Airport – Seattle, Washington
member of Unite Here Local 8

Maria has been working as an airline food worker for 23 years, and has two children. Maria wants airline food companies to give proper equipment to the workers, and wants a higher wage so she can have a better life for her family.

Maria became a leader in her workplace by always helping her coworkers out, and talking to everyone about what’s going on. It’s important to get together so the workers can get their voices heard. Her family and her coworkers motivates her on this campaign. She encourages others just learning about the campaign not to wait, life isn’t going to change unless you fight. We have to do something.

Meet the Workers: Carol Ruiz

Carol Ruiz
EWR Airport – Newark. New Jersey
member of Unite Here Local 100

Carol has been an airline food worker for nine years. She has a passion for what she does, and has faith that the workers will win this campaign. The best moment during her time as an airline food worker was when they had a rally and everyone came outside. She feels that if we get together, we’ll change the future.

Carol is proud to fight for her coworkers, it’s almost like fighting for her family. She urges passengers to join the fight, the more people fighting, the better. The airlines need to be held accountable. She believes that everyone deserves a better future so their dreams can come true. She’s proud of the work she does, putting together beautiful plates for the passengers, making culinary art, but the pay needs to improve.