PARK CITY, Utah — The Park City Professional Ski Patrol Association and Vail Resorts released the following joint statement on Thursday:
The Park City Professional Ski Patrol Association (PCPSPA) and Vail Resorts are pleased to announce that they have reached an agreement in principle, and are appreciative of the engagement and commitment on both sides. The parties are finalizing the details and next steps which will include a vote by union members in the coming days. We appreciate the patience and support of everyone as we work on moving forward together.
PCPSPA Business Manager Patrick Murphy said the bargaining session on Wednesday lasted over 15 hours, ending at 4:30 am early Thursday morning.
Murphy said the union will be voting on the agreement on Thursday night.
He said more details about the contract will become available after the vote.
PCPSPA’s goal has been a starting wage of $17 per hour. They have rejected a contract with a $15 per hour starting wage several times. The union has 171 members, representing roughly 90% of the ski patrollers at Park City Mountain. Through GoFundMe, PCPSPA has raised over $100,000 through over 1,700 individual donations.
Vail Resorts Chief Executive Officer Kirsten Lynch announced a bonus incentive program on Monday for all of the company’s full-time and part-time hourly employees that finish out the end of the season. While the bonus is available to union members, it is contingent on the union accepting a contract extension from the company.
For all hours worked from January 1 through the end of the season (April 15 if the season runs longer), Vail Resorts employees will receive $2 per hour. For example, if an employee works 40 hours per week for the 15 weeks between January 1 and April 15 (600 hours), that employee would receive an end-of-season bonus of $1,200 (600 hours x $2/hour).
Find previous articles on PCPSPA’s journey to this agreement here:
– Park City ski patrol union prepared for work stoppage
– Vail and PCPSPA don’t reach agreement, next session Wednesday