Stoneham Employee Lockout Keeping Skiers Out

Stoneham Employee Lockout Keeping Skiers Out

Quebec City (Quebec), December 7, 2014 – Despite favorable weather conditions, snow sports enthusiasts will have to wait patiently while the Stoneham ski resort is still closed for a second consecutive weekend. The 150 members of the union of the ski resort employees are locked out since November 28. There is thus no lift, patrol, snow service or maintenance of tracks.

According to the head of services and communications Stoneham, Lisa-Marie Lacasse, there is no conspiracy, but “the work is getting done.” The collective agreement for employees affected by the lockout expired in July. The negotiations, which began in the spring, including stumble on wages.

Many skiers have expressed their dissatisfaction over the past few days, lamenting the supply of Stoneham. While those who bought full subscriptions can enjoy the slopes of Mont-Sainte-Anne, evening ski subscribers do not have the same luck, since the slopes of the southern side of the Mont-Sainte-Anne are still closed.

“We are making extra efforts now to open the southern slopes of Mont-Sainte-Anne earlier to open it to night skiing. Usually, night skiing starts on December 26, but if conditions are favorable, it is expected to start on Wednesday, “said Lacasse. The south slope should thus be open Wednesday through Saturday, from 16h to 21h and this for the duration of the conflict. For the moment, holders of evening subscriptions can have a 20$ discount for skiing half a day.

Furthermore, to compensate subscribers, the resort offers this weekend a shuttle between Stoneham and Mont-Sainte-Anne. Departure is at 8:30AM in front of the main lodge of the resort Stoneham to Mont-Sainte-Anne. Skiers will then be brought back in the late afternoon, at 3PM.

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