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Back and forth

Dear Editor: Under federal law, we as employees have the right to speak out in favor of increased wages. I believe that my actions in publicizing concerns about employee wages and similar issues were protected by federal law. I have filed unfair labor practice charges with the National Labor Relations Board about the company’s retaliation against me for raising these employee concerns.In regards to Aspen Skiing Co.’s two letters to the editor, it is necessary to point out the facts: The CEO states that Skico’s “track record speaks for itself.” Many people, myself included, agree with him completely. Skico’s record does speak volumes, perhaps not in the way Skico might prefer.When the CEO states that Skico has “often been criticized by our employees and we have never taken action against those individuals,” is the CEO forgetting his own threatening emails to me shortly after my letter to the editor in May in which he wrote the following? “You chose to dishonor that company value and our long-standing conflict of interest policy by writing a letter to the editor … That said, if you choose to continue to air your issues publicly under the thinly veiled pretense that you are providing constructive feedback, please know that I have no time for that type of destructive behavior.” He further advised me to meet with my supervisor to “discuss (my) employment status.”Skico cannot pretend that these emails do not exist – the feds have copies of them.Furthermore, Skico’s attorneys at Holland & Hart in Denver have admitted to the feds that Skico has “issues” with both my May (appears below) and Dec. 15 letters to the editor. My December letter was about the fact that Skico pays $69 for the day to the least-paid employee for a product they charge $625. (The company defends it as a living wage.)Ask any labor attorney about these emails: They’re a big “no-no,” as in federal labor law violation “no-no.”In regards to the release of my personnel records:1. The employee whom I allegedly harassed broke down crying and recanted his story to the police after Skico advised him to go there. Moreover, I am the plaintiff against Skico in a Department of Civil Rights lawsuit and cannot comment further. 2. I followed protocol in taking the class out of bounds by signing out with Ski Patrol. I did not use abusive language. Skico’s only verification of abusive language is an 11-year-old.3. The guest’s boyfriend charged back a lesson to their credit card because he claimed that his boyfriend did not book it. I gave the feds and Skico both the written copy of the -mail booking from the actual guest and the e-mail from the guest where he authorized the charge. Is it all surprising that Skico has stooped to this?Now I ask you, readers, who is instigating a smear campaign against who when Skico has had these facts for months, some for years?Anything to take the attention off the real issue: Under federal law, do we have the right as employees to speak out in favor of increased wages? Does the law protect people who do this? If passing out fliers on company property violates a company policy concerning solicitation, are Skico’s rules concerning this legal?Lee MulcahyAspen


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