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10-23-2012, 02:16 PM
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Originally Posted by Jaromir Jagr View Post
Maybe I'm missing something; why is it a big deal if the GMs answer questions from the players regarding the proposal? Maybe I'm having a brain fart.
In labor law there is something referred to as "direct dealing." It basically states that an employer cannot under any circumstance discuss matters subject to bargaining with a bargaining unit employee. Management can only bargain and take action with the union, rather than employees directly.

That the NHL thinks they can do this is mind boggling. They're either incredibly ignorant or arrogant beyond belief. If they want to do a QA, they're going to need the consent and participation of the NHLPA, or else they're opening themselves us to a very legitimate ULP claim.


It's just pain.
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