Vail Resorts has announced hourly rate increases for most low-wage workers at its ski resorts in the United States, starting in the winter of 2021-22. According to CEO Rob Katz’s email announcement, all non-union employees in California, Colorado, Utah and Washington will see an increase in the entry-level minimum wage to $ 15 an hour, while employees seaside resorts in the east will benefit from an increase in the minimum wage. market by market, taking into account the unique dynamics of each complex and the local competitive market.
Interestingly, only non-union workers at western resorts, who are beset by labor organizing and a federal class action suit accusing violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act, will get an automatic minimum wage increase to $ 15, while the workers at the resorts in the East who have been generally calm and compliant will instead get some sort of indefinite, we’ll find out when we can, anyway, a gibberish pay raise- jumbo.
There is no doubt that recent union campaigns and the collective action of the FLSA in Western resorts were the main triggers for these increases that will benefit most low-wage workers, even those far from home. organized action. I appreciate the efforts of unionized employees who struggled to organize, and I appreciate the employees who challenged unfair and possibly illegal employment practices under the FLSA. Their efforts have helped all employees of Vail Resorts.
I am troubled that Vail Resorts has not yet made a clear commitment to a similar pay rise for union members, and instead forces an unnecessarily confrontational relationship instead of what should be an easy collective bargaining adjustment.
Go Vail Resorts, live your self-published credo: Do it right, do it right.