The results are in. Park City Mountain’s lift mechanics and electricians voted by an 85 percent margin to form a union. Nearly every eligible employee cast a ballot over the past two days with 35 choosing yes and 6 voting no. The Park City Lift Maintenance Professional Union will be part of the Communications Workers of America, the same union which represents ski patrollers at Park City, Crested Butte, Stevens Pass and other mountains. “Hard work pays off!” read a social media post from the union. “We would like to thank the community at large for their continued support, and we’re extremely excited for a phenomenal winter season and some productive bargaining sessions,” the post continued.
Park City parent company Vail Resorts had advocated for a continued direct relationship with employees who maintain the largest lift fleet on the continent. “We care deeply about all of our employees, and we are going to do what’s right for our team members regardless of today’s outcome,” said Deirdra Walsh, Vice President & Chief Operating Officer of Park City Mountain. “While we are disappointed with the result, we are grateful to those who took the time to vote. As we have shared both publicly and to our team throughout this process, we sincerely believe that direct communication works best to build strong relationships, ensure a safe working environment, and allow every employee’s voice to be heard through direct and open dialogue,” Walsh continued. “We respect the decision of those who chose to pay to have a union speak for them with regard to their wages, hours, and terms and conditions of employment.”
Assuming the election results are certified by the National Labor Relations Board, Park City will become the first ski lift maintenance union in the United States. The union plans to elect leaders soon and work toward its first contract with Vail Resorts.
Probably not a bad thing. It will be interesting to see what the wage and benefit package turns out to be. Being an average worker and getting a retirement package form a ski area ??? That would be a “WOW”.
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I usually don’t like unions, but it’ll be fun to watch Vail squirm now. Conditions must be bad to get 85% of your own employees voting against you.
So only 41 people voted? Shouldn’t be there a lot more lift operators? Anyway, always glad people are uniting to have a better stand against big businesses.
This was a vote in the lift maintenance department. Lift operators aren’t part of that.
Not good. Unions end up costing jobs, turning off prospects, attract organized crime, while raising costs. A step in the wrong direction.
My experience with trade type unions have been mostly positive.
Pay and Benefits typically out perform non- union.
Lift maintenance needs to be treated as a real trade. A few places it is, but most places it isn’t.
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