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NHLPA Releases Statement Regarding Labor Motions Filed by NHL

December 15th, 2012 at 12:45 PM
By Brandon Der Avanessian

After the NHL released its statement early Friday afternoon announcing that it had filed two separate motions against the NHL Players' Association, the NHLPA followed that up with a press release of its own in the ensuing hours claiming players have the right to choose whether or not to be represented by a union. 

The NHL had announced in its statement that it filed a Class Action Complaint in New York Federal Court, and a separate Unfair Labor Practice Charge with the National Labor Relations Board as a result of what they claim to be bad-faith bargaining on the part of the players. The leagues filing of the two motions came in response to the NHLPA threatening to disclaim interest, meaning the union would cease its right to represent the players. If the union were to disband, players would be free to sue the league for antitrust violations, which could lead to a court lifting the NHL lockout, and could find the league responsible for lost player wages during that period of time.

The NHLPA's press release from NHL.com:

"The NHLPA has just received a copy of the National Labor Relations Board charge and has not yet been served with the lawsuit. However, based on what we’ve learned so far, the NHL appears to be arguing that Players should be stopped from even considering their right to decide whether or not to be represented by a union. We believe that their position is completely without merit."

"The NHLPA has just received a copy of the National Labor Relations Board charge and has not yet been served with the lawsuit. However, based on what we’ve learned so far, the NHL appears to be arguing that Players should be stopped from even considering their right to decide whether or not to be represented by a union. We believe that their position is completely without merit.""The NHLPA has just received a copy of the National Labor Relations Board charge and has not yet been served with the lawsuit. However, based on what we’ve learned so far, the NHL appears to be arguing that Players should be stopped from even considering their right to decide whether or not to be represented by a union. We believe that their position is completely without merit." VV

Tags: Hockey, Los Angeles, Los Angeles Kings, NHL, NHL Lockout, NHLPA

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