Recapping my cause |

Recapping my cause

Dear Editor:

It all started with my letter last May titled “Skico and free speech” praising Aspen Skiing Co.’s rehiring of Dan Sheridan and the return of the Daily News to Skico property after its censorship.

Afterward, I received e-mails from Skico designed to shut me up, noting that I “should check with my supervisor about my job status.” (Note that the National Labor Relations Board is investigating Skico’s policy on freedom of speech in the employee handbook.)

Many at the People for a Living Wage meeting were those that have the most to lose from the winds of change that the NLRB may bring. And indeed, one cannot fail to notice the irony: My removal from an elite, hand-picked group of instructors, a sorority if you will, for asking fellow members in August if they would like to go to bat for the least paid instructors and asking their feelings about unionization was what prompted me initially to go to the feds.

In my passion for social justice, I felt we could pressure the Crowns into giving the little guys a raise. Perhaps, it would best be accomplished by a city-wide ordinance mandating a living wage from Torre, Mick and Steve similar to Santa Fe or Chicago.

Some have said they expect the usual from Skico … to let it die and then … fire me but …

Social protest has a long history in Aspen. And Skico has a long history of tolerance. But what if? That would be a company that deserves to be in Outside Magazine’s Top 10 employers – and one that I would be proud to work for.

In my May letter, I concluded with the following sentence: The struggle for our identity as a company and as a community continues just as it always has.

Lee Mulcahy


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