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Jets vote for decertification, Bears to vote soon

Posted on: September 24, 2010 1:08 pm
Edited on: September 24, 2010 3:13 pm
Posted by Will Brinson

Eight teams in the NFL have now voted to decertify from the union with the news that the Jets unanimously agreed Thursday and according to a report, the Bears will be voting soon as well.

The Jets, according to Jane McManus of ESPN , joined the Bills, Saints, Cowboys, Colts, Eagles, Redskins, and Giants as the list of teams to  unanimously vote to decertify

And Brad Biggs of Chicago Breaking Sports reports that the Bears will vote soon as well, with a similar result likely to occur.

"It's necessary because the legal process of decertifying is not an overnight deal. We need to have the wheels in motion," said Hunter Hillenmeyer, the Bears' representative to the NFLPA.

Decertification, for those wondering, is a good thing. At least for fans anyway -- a union can't sue the NFL, but a huge group of wage-earning individual players can (this is the result of the American Needle case that the NFL lost at the Supreme Court level).

If every single team (as in, all of the individual players) votes to decertify, it means that if the NFL owners decide to lock out their employees, they can quickly strike to actually decertify and then sue the NFL for antitrust violations.

Theoretically, then, lining up all the teams now, in preparation for actually decertifying, gives the NFLPA greater leverage in working to negotiate a new labor agreement.

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