Meet your New President – Sharolyn Stanley

Howdy!

As your new TWU Local 578 President, here is a bit of info about me and my goals for our Union. I originally ran for and won the position of Vice President. Due to the person elected President not being able to accept the position, I accepted the position of President as dictated by our Bylaws. In addition, the elected Financial Secretary Treasurer was not able to accept his position, so we will be holding election for both positions. Details for the elections will be coming soon.

I graduated from Texas A&M with a degree in Psychology and graduated with a Masters in Counseling Ed from Sam Houston. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in Texas and have been practicing since 2006, working with individuals, couples and families. “Mental Health Matters” isn’t just a motto for me, it is always a focus of mine in everything I do.  

I’ve been a Flight Attendant since 1994, starting my career at Continental Airlines, and officially retiring from United in August 2022.

I feel incredibly blessed to have been given this opportunity to fly with FSI/Atlas, being hired in February 2021, at 62. The flight attendants at FSI are the most amazing people I have ever flown with, our layovers are wonderful, and our passengers are the greatest. Flying for FSI/Atlas has the potential to be the airline of choice for flight attendants, and that is worth fighting for!

Working under 3 different Unions and CBAs over my career, my experience gives me a unique perspective that can be helpful in making this union impactful.  

As we transition from thinking we are “at will” employees, to fully understanding we are union workers protected by a Collective Bargaining Agreement, my motto is “you’re paying for representation through union dues, so let the union rep you”.  

If you are called in for any kind of meeting, you have an issue with a coworker, customer complaint, attendance review, or believe our Contract has been violated in any way, CONTACT YOUR UNION. Any issue that impacts you at work, CONTACT YOUR UNION FIRST.  

YOUR Union.  

Unions are here for YOUR protection. To fight for YOUR rights. To help improve YOUR quality of life. To fight for fair pay and compensation for YOUR work. To fight for humane working conditions and work rules for YOUR health and safety. That is why unions were formed in the first place.

Companies are in the business of making money. Please go to who is in the business of protecting YOU. That’s why TWU Local 578 is here.

My personal goal is to ensure we are treated with the dignity and respect we deserve as professional Flight Attendants, while fighting to improve quality of life for us all.  

And I can’t do this alone. Please get involved with your union. Volunteer. We will be holding new election for the positions of Vice President and Financial Secretary-Treasurer, and appointing Committee Chairs for Scheduling Committee, Health and Wellness Committee, and Employee Standards Committee. We will also be accepting positions for Union Representatives to assist Members. Please let me know if you have any interest or questions about any of these positions.  

I look forward to serving you as President of TWU Local 578.

In solidarity

Sharolyn Stanley

TWU Local 578 President