Snowmass history: On the picket line |

Snowmass history: On the picket line

Picketers arrived at Snowmass, Aspen construction projects in 1967

Construction crews work at the new Snowmass Ski Area and base area, 1967. Related images and an article are in the Aspen Illustrated News on May 25, 1967
Aspen Historical Society, Hiser Collection

“Labor’s power hits local payroll,” headlined an article in The Aspen Times on July 27, 1967.

“Pickets first showed up at Snowmass and at one Aspen location on July 13,” the paper reported. “They were sent by the Southern Colorado Building and Construction Trades Council, Colorado Springs, the central council for all construction unions in this area. Although most union members could disregard the pickets because they were for information purposes, many did not and lost their right to pay. Non union (sic) members, an estimated 85% of those at the project, ignored the pickets and continued to work.

“Friday, July 14, Janss Corporation officials created a ‘reserve gate’ for workers of companies not specifically named by the inplacards (sic) carried by the pickets. … Members of the carpenters union began using the reserve gate, but members of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers refused to return to work. … Since there is no strike, union members who do not cross the picket line receive no benefits from their union to make up for lost pay,” the article continued. “Some have decided to drop out of their unions and continue work. None seem very happy with the situation. … Of the five general contractors on the project, only one, Aspen Construction, is unionized, and only for carpenters, not laborers. Other general contractors are Aspen, Esco, Melville and Shaw construction.”


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