2012-2013 Lockout Discussion Thread (Part II)
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09-10-2012, 04:57 AM
Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: New York
Fehr is using labor laws to his advantage. Not a surprise.
Under Alberta law, the NHL has to request the province appoint a mediator, who theoretically could work to have an agreement in place between the warring sides before the NHL owners can hold a lockout vote. A mediator was appointed by the province on Aug. 21.
The National Hockey League Players’ Association has filed a challenge to this, however. It argues that the NHL’s lockout vote would be defective because the league failed to take certain steps when it asked for a mediator for the dispute.
The NHLPA contends the league has shown no interest in using the mediator to try to get a resolution. It says the league insisted the mediator leave his task after three days with no meetings convened between the two sides. The law requires the mediator to wait 14 days.
The National Hockey League Players’ Association is prepared to use Quebec labour law, if necessary, to try to prevent the National Hockey League and the Canadiens from locking out Habs players on Sept. 15.
And the NHLPA is ready to move this week in a bid to stop any lockout of Canadiens players, with the NHL being on record as saying unless a new collective agreement is in place by next Saturday, it will lock out players from all 30 league clubs and postpone the start of training camps and, likely, at least the start of the 2012-13 season.
At issue, according to the NHLPA, is that the players’ union is not a group certified by the Quebec Labour Board. The NHLPA adds that, under Quebec law, an employer – the Canadiens, in this case – cannot lock out employees – Habs players, in this case – unless they are represented by a union certified by the QLB.
Fehr is trying to gain leverage.
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