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08-21-2012, 09:00 AM
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Originally Posted by Crottenham View Post
Given the rise of some of the bigger franchises and their ensuing top-line revenue, it is again not surprising the unions now see an easy mark. With success comes increased scrutiny and unions have taken a beating generally in recent years in the greater economy; this membership drive is just another avenue to increase their own revenues.

If there are work stoppages in the future in junior hockey, pro scouting becomes even that much more difficult.

Development program or not, these kids are more or less employees. Perhaps the weekly stipend they currently get is immaterial, but factor in the accruing of the annual education package even as it is currently constituted and that is ultimately their remuneration.

It's going to be a whole new world going forward.
that's exacly what I was thinking... I belonged to various unions for over 37 years and it's mostly about your money, more than your employment status. These kids are housed, fed, educated all for free, and loved by thousands of fans. What a terrible life they have! They are not employees, they are in a unique prep program, and a union would serve only as an expesive distraction. The more I think about it the more I can see how distructive it would be to the kids. That group that call themselves the "CHLPA" should be approached by all the players picked up by them, and thrown away as far as they can throw them.

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