The NHL announced in a statement today that it will file two separate motions against the NHL Players' Association, accusing the players of bad-faith bargaining. The first of the two motions is a Class Action Complaint filed in New York Federal Court, and the second is an Unfair Labor Practice Charge that was filed with the National Labor Relations Board. The two motions were filed on Friday in a reaction to the NHLPA's threat to disclaim interest. A disclaimer of interest is a common tactic used in labor disputes, and occurs when the union ends its right to represent the players. The players would then be free to sue the league for antitrust violations, which could result in a court lifting the lockout.
NEW YORK — Today, in response to information indicating that NHL Players have or will be asked to vote to authorize the National Hockey League Players' Association's Executive Board to proceed to "disclaim interest" in continuing to represent the Players in collective bargaining, the National Hockey League filed a Class Action Complaint in Federal Court in New York seeking a Declaration confirming the ongoing legality of the lockout.
Simultaneously with the filing of its Complaint, the NHL also filed an Unfair Labor Practice Charge with the National Labor Relations Board alleging that by threatening to "disclaim interest," the NHLPA has engaged in an unlawful subversion of the collective bargaining process and conduct that constitutes bad faith bargaining under the National Labor Relations Act.
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