A group of Beaver Creek ski instructors have partnered with the AFL-CIO to help them organize a union.
The Vail Daily reports that Beaver Creek Instructors United is working with the Denver-based Communication Workers of America to organize. The greater union works with four ski patrols in four resorts, but Beaver Creek would be the nation's first ski instructors union.
To unionize, organizers need signatures from at least 30 percent of Beaver Creek's ski instructors saying they want a union run by AFL-CIO's Communication Workers of America before submitting the petition to the National Labor Relations Board for a vote.
Instructor employer Vail Resorts says it treats its employees fairly and with respect. Under federal law, a company cannot take any action against employees looking to unionize.