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01-07-2012, 09:13 AM
Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: Columbus, Ohio
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Unions bargain for working conditions, which includes travel requirements. Not such a minor issue to the players. But again, it's only the opening salvo. Whether you care or think it's minor, it's obviously an issue that can be used in negotiations. The two articles linked, above, provide some perspective, as well as some porported back room info regarding the approach taken by each side.
Seems a bit thin on substance to me. Unions, as I understand it, were indeed brought about for improved working conditions and fair wages. Travel is a major part of the job requirement for an NHL player (any any sports league). It's done, for the most part, with chartered planes, cushy buses and not with a hammer pushing them on board.
Again, I'm no union expert but this seems more petty than anything. Working conditions and pay scales for professional athletes are far from "a problem".
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