PARK CITY, Utah — After nearly a year and a half of stalled contract negotiations between Vail Resorts and the Park City ski patrol union, the Utah ski patrollers have authorized a strike in a near-unanimous vote.
Union leadership announced Monday that 168 of its 171 members had voted in favor of a work stoppage if Vail Resorts does not offer a wage scale that the union finds acceptable.
“A strike authorization does not mean that a walkout is inevitable,” the Park City Professional Ski Patrol Associationwrote on Instagram, noting that a bargaining session is scheduled for Monday night.
“However, it does show that our membership is prepared to participate in a work stoppage if necessary,” they continued.
Most, or all, of Park City — Utah’s largest ski resort by acreage — would likely shut down in the event of a strike, and the union acknowledged that “a strike has significant consequences reaching far beyond our membership to other mountain employees and the Park City community.”
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