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Union’s internal negotiating “deadline has now passed”

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by Concudan, Dec 4, 2010.

  1. Concudan

    Concudan Caffeinated Commando

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    NFLLabor.com What?? DeMaurice Smith to players: Union

    What?? DeMaurice Smith to players: Union’s internal negotiating “deadline has now passed”
    “In a letter to the players that was seen by The Associated Press, NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith said the union had an ‘internal deadline’ for agreeing to a new collective bargaining agreement,” Jimmy Golen of The AP reported this afternoon.

    “That deadline has now passed,” Smith wrote in the one-page letter. “It is important that you protect yourself and your family.”

    Golen noted that “the letter was dated Wednesday, and copies were strewn across a table in the New England Patriots locker room during the media availability on Saturday.”

    Said NFL spokesman Greg Aiello, “It is disappointing and inexplicable, especially for fans. What deadline is he talking about? We hope this does not mean the union has abandoned negotiating in favor of de-certifying and litigating. We are ready to meet and negotiate anytime and anywhere. But it takes sustained effort and shared commitment to reach an agreement. One side can’t do it alone.”
     
  2. Concudan

    Concudan Caffeinated Commando

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    NFL union: Prepare for pending lockout

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The NFL players' union is advising its members to prepare for a lockout it expects to come in March, telling players to save their last three game checks this year in case there is no season in 2011.

    In a letter to the players that was seen by The Associated Press, NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith said the union had an "internal deadline" for agreeing to a new collective bargaining agreement.

    "That deadline has now passed," he wrote. "It is important that you protect yourself and your family."

    The letter was dated Wednesday, and copies were strewn across a table in the New England Patriots locker room during the media availability on Saturday. After a reporter asked players about the letter, a Patriots spokesman flipped the copies face-down.

    NFLPA spokesman George Atallah did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

    NFL spokesman Greg Aiello called the union's stance "disappointing and inexplicable, especially for fans."

    "We hope this does not mean the union has abandoned negotiating in favor of de-certifying and litigating," he said. "We are ready to meet and negotiate anytime and anywhere. But it takes sustained effort and shared commitment to reach an agreement. One side can't do it alone."

    The one-page letter on NFLPA stationery said the union expects the lockout to come on March 4, and that players should work with their advisers to prepare for an impending lack of income.

    It also said the league is planning to cancel the players' health insurance.The union said it is filing a grievance to contest a cancellation of health insurance, citing a section of the collective bargaining agreement that states: "Players will continue to receive the benefits provided in this article through the end of the Plan Year in which they are released or otherwise sever employment."

    Patriots offensive lineman Matt Light, one of the team's player representatives, said players understand the nature of the business but the threat to cancel health insurance is different.

    "You're going to cancel somebody's health insurance and maybe they've got a baby that's due in the offseason?" he said. "Yeah, it gets personal."

    Light said he is doing his best to educate his teammates on how to prepare.

    "They've got to look at it like they're going into a period in which they are going to change their financial situation," he said. "Nobody knows what's going to happen. But if you're going to go a year without getting paid, you need to prepare accordingly."

    New England linebacker Tully Banta-Cain said he was already squirreling away his savings in case of a lockout. Banta-Cain said he was also working on his outside businesses, which include a clothing line and a music label.

    "I'm trying to prepare," he said. "And I'm trying to establish my off-the-field businesses and make sure I can make money in the offseason."


    Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press
     
  3. Trumpet_Man

    Trumpet_Man Well-Known Member

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    There are many soft deadlines.

    The next soft deadline and this one is the mother of all soft deadlines is around July/August 2011 AFTER the CBA expires in March. The reason for this is it will allow for camp and pre-season without disruption if a deal gets signed.

    Think about it.

    AFTER the CBA expires March 2011, the owners have MAX leverage unless the Union decertifies in which case, it will be declared a sham as per agreed upon in the CBA for court purposes.

    April, May, June and July 2011 are the months where everyone should be on pins and needles.

    And I did not have to plagerize these thoughts - amazing que no ?

    Ok - anyone could have deduced this as it is short of being common sense.
     
  4. Trumpet_Man

    Trumpet_Man Well-Known Member

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    Now it is Concs turn to speculate how this will unfold.

    The logic should be - shall we say - priceless.

    Game on.
     
  5. wrbanwal

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    I lol when I read this kind of stuff. Like these spoiled millionaire players are really going to be hurting. Maybe they should have attended a few of the free college classes they were given and learned how to save.

    I have no sympathy for them or the people that run the NFL.
     
  6. HEXEDBOLT

    HEXEDBOLT Don't like it, lump it!!!

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    Bring on the replacements,those were some fun games.
     
  7. Trumpet_Man

    Trumpet_Man Well-Known Member

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    The thread starter can not even speculate as something as important as this deadline and what it means.

    Writers are suppose to have brains to formulate a premise or a series thereof.

    And this is what the class gets ?

    Pffft....
     

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