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10-27-2012, 10:04 AM
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Originally Posted by Bjindaho View Post
There are a few big questions the CHLPA needs to answer up front...

One, can a CHLPA exist? Players are contracted to the Q, the O, and the Dub

Two, are they really a union?

Three, are the players employees or amateur athletes?
One? Not exactly, at least not in the present form. Players are contracted to the Halifax Mooseheads, the Ottawa 67s, the Erie Otters, Kelowna Rockets, etc. Yes, one union could theoretically represent all players on every team, but they would have to seek certification for each team (employer), sign separate CBAs, and simply have team-level chapters. Alternatively, if the collective of the union agreed to allow the league to negotiate as one bargaining unit, and the league wanted to do so, they could take the NHL route.

Two? no, they are not a union at this present time. They're a group of guys deciding to call themselves the CHLPA (an obvious nod to the NHLPA which is a union), and we are assuming that they may seek to become one.

Three? That's also the crux of the arguement, but we had a recent quote from Bob Nicholson (I think, or was it David Branch?) who said he doesn't believe the minimum wage thing is a problem because of the value of the other benefits that players receive. That's certainly an admission that they are entitled to minimum compensation as employees, at least in the league's eyes.

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