Ski Stoneham slopes back open

Ski Stoneham slopes back open

Stoneham (Quebec) 19 December 2014 – The ski hills in Stoneham were shut down due to a labour dispute which led to a lockout back on November 27 which led to the closing of the centre for three weeks.

The maintenance workers wanted parity with their co-workers at Mont Ste. Anne.

The two ski centres are owned by the same owner but, the salaries and conditions weren’t the same for the employees at the two different sites which was leading to the risk of a strike at the Stoneham location.

Resort of The Canadian Rockies, the owners, immediately imposed a “Lock-Out” at the Stoneham location to avoid any risk to skiers due to conflicts or pressure tactics that the union may have exploited. The centre offered free bus rides to Mont Ste. Anne in the interim for any skiers that were affected by the work stoppage.

On Wednesday, December 17 of this week a vote was taken to solve the problem for the centre and the workers. The union members voted 85% in favour of going back to work. They had made gains in the areas of pension plans and number of hours worked before changing grades. The changes apply significantly to the full time employees and not to the seasonal workers.

With the positive vote coming at around 6:30 pm Wednesday night the centre claims it will be up and running starting Saturday morning, December 20th.

So within 48 hours of being completely shut down the centre will be in full operation this weekend much to the joy of skiers and snowboarders alike, especially those who had already bought their season tickets.

There was talk that if the centre hadn’t reached an agreement before the holidays, the whole operation would have been closed for the entire winter season; a season which ironically, had started earlier than usual.

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