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11-22-2012, 05:59 PM
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Originally Posted by Canucker View Post
These players who decide to play in the NHL know they are signing on to be in a union and occasionally there will be labour strife, if they don't want to deal with it, go play somewhere else. But if you do sign on with a union you accept the fact you could strike, you could get locked out and you could lose wages. If there were no union they wouldn't likely be making the wage they make as it is.

Some of these *******s should have had a good understanding of what was ahead and should have been better prepared for it instead of whining and selling their union brothers out because they lost a couple paychecks. Even if they make under $1m a year, thats more than enough to live very comfortably on, and enough that they should be able to have a nest egg saved for occasions like, a lot of the time a union will have a "Strike fund" set aside for workers who need help. The whining and snivelling serves nobody.
Negotiating tactics that result in lost games (and therefore wages) are NOT a precondition to better wages in the long haul.

Like other NHLPA members Hamrlik and Neuvirth can and should voice their opinion if they believe the union's negotiating tactics are leading them to the wrong direction. "Union solidarity" is a load of **** if everyone is losing because of it and no one is trying to steer the boat to better waters because of some sort of self-righteous sentiment.

And they're the ones whining? We've all heard about Barch complaining about work conditions while sipping on his wine at his private farm, Toews saying it's all about Bettman wanting to bully the players and White resorting to name-calling.

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