Telluride Ski Patrol Members Unanimously Approve Three-Year Labor Agreement

Telluride Ski Patrol/CWA members ratified their second contract by a vote of 56-0 on November 6, 2017. This agreement covers all Ski Patrollers, Dispatchers, Snowmobilers and International Exchange Patrollers through August 31, 2020.

With one year left on the existing agreement, the process began as Ski Patrol Leaders met with management over the off-season to negotiate recognition and compensation for Patrollers with specialized skills such as avalanche control, dog handlers and incident investigators. Once the process was underway, both sides agreed that it made sense to incorporate the changes into a new agreement.

Telluride Ski Patrol Unit President Tony Daranyi said, “This agreement is the result of a united workforce working together with a committed management team who acknowledges the danger of our work, the specialized skills required to provide the best service to our resort guests, and the importance of having a professional, career-minded patrol. It also reflects the economic realities of living in or near a resort town. CEO Bill Jensen was directly involved in negotiations, and the finished product is a win-win agreement.”

Highlights of the agreement include base wage increases, and a specialty skill set compensation scale for the next three years.


Park City Ski Patrol ratifies first union contract

Pow patrol ski patrollers at Vail’s Park City resort voted to ratify their first contract on Nov. 14.

The agreement includes expanded educational and professional development opportunities, a strengthened avalanche dog program, a joint patrol/management safety committee to address safety issues, a grievance and expedited arbitration procedure for disputes and just cause in disciplinary actions. Continue reading “Park City Ski Patrol ratifies first union contract”

Ski Patrol Organizing Victory

About 200 ski patrol workers in Utah have come together for a voice in the workplace and voted to join CWA Local 7781, CWA District 7 Administrative Director Al Kogler reported.

The Park City, Utah, Combined Ski Patrol unit is made up of the former Canyons group (80 workers), which had CWA representation for about 15 years, and the Park City Mountain Resort group (115 workers), recently purchased by Vail Resorts.  Continue reading “Ski Patrol Organizing Victory”