Lockout V: Take the Long Way Home
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12-17-2012, 05:51 PM
Join Date: Jul 2010
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. . . Dealing with the players on a decertified basis would be an astronomical step backwards for the League; extremely few teams would benefit from it in the short term. And we know that the owners have stood together in bringing the League to where it is today, none of them are going to want to destroy all of that.
I agree. This is what I've been thinking for a while. In fact, I don't think the NHL can effectively operate without the existence of a players' union and, of course, a CBA.
This is why its astounded me that the NHL should treat the union with such animosity and disrespect from the outset. Rather than treating trhe union as a valued and necessary business partner, it seems from where I sit that they've done their best to antagonize the union; even to the point of appearing to attempt to divide the membership from its leadership.
I'm also somewhat amused to see pro-management HFB posters suddenly come to realize just how important the existence of a union is to the NHL. The union helps the players a lot, but it probably helps the owners even more.
I wouldn't be advising the union to decertify, but if that's a path they eventually follow (however remote that possibility might be), I'm sure interested to see how it turns out.
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