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Beaver Creek Instructors To Set Landmark Union Vote; First Ski School To Potentially Organize

Beaver Creek instructorsSki and snowboard instructors at Beaver Creek are set to schedule a vote on unionizing, after garnering the requisite number of signatures for an election.

If successful, the organizing of those who lead on-slope lessons at the Colorado resort will get a “seat at the table” over working conditions at the Vail Resorts-owned mountain – and become the first U.S. ski school to organize.

“There are about 275 full-time instructors that we have asked to be included in an election,” Kogler told SnoCountry.com. “Vail Resorts is seeking to add another 500 part-time workers (in order to try and dilute our support) many of whom only work a short time each year. The instructors also have concerns about standby pay and how guests are assigned.”

The Communications Workers of America will represent the instructors at a preliminary hearing in front of the National Labor Relations Board to confirm that 30 percent of the group signed a pro-union petition and, if all is in order, to set a date for the election. Organizers hope that vote will take place before the end of the season. 

The Beaver Creek organizing effort follows successful unionizing among ski patrol at Telluride, Crested Butte, Steamboat, Park City Mountain and Aspen. A vote at Taos Ski Valley failed earlier this year.

Beaver Creek Ski School Director Fred Rumford responded to SnoCountry.com in an email: “We are committed to making your employment experience the best that it can possibly be … we provide fair treatment, personal respect, good working conditions, competitive wages, excellent benefits and a culture based on respect and ethical standards.”

Photos: Top -- Beaver Creek instructors ready for union vote (Beaver Creek/Facebook); Bottom: Beaver Creek Gondola (Beaver Creek/Facebook) 

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