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Foxworth says union may never return

Posted on: March 19, 2011 7:15 pm
 
Posted by Andy Benoit
D. Foxworth
If you like the current NFL structure (not the lockout, but the arrangements of before, where there was a league, an NFLPA, a salary cap, Draft, etc.) then you’d better pray that Domonique Foxworth is simply blowing smoke. The Ravens cornerback told Ken Murray of the Baltimore Sun that the union is cool with staying decertified forever.

“We’re fine with decertifying, we’re fine with never being a union again,” Foxworth said. “That’s our complete intention. Whenever we come to a settlement, they’ll ask that we certify. [But] I don’t know that that’s what we want to do. It’s in our best interests to be an association.

“I don’t perceive any time in the future when we’re going to be a union again.”

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 9, 2012 2:04 pm
 

Foxworth says union may never return

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 5, 2011 3:59 pm
 

Foxworth says union may never return

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Since: Sep 26, 2006
Posted on: March 26, 2011 5:00 pm
 

Foxworth says union may never return

Bravo! Too often when someone comes out against athletes and tells the truth about their delusions, they get branded jealous or a moron.

I will not brand you as either, but what I will say is alot of you sound real mad about something that is not in your control. Also for those that say bring in the replacements, they are on TV already. It's called Arena football, lets see how those ratings skyrocket. Also you have the USFL which will be starting son, I bet those stadiums will be jammed pack. Yea right... It's business. If you want to make a difference run for office in your local community or volunter instead of getting upset about something none of us can control.



Since: Sep 7, 2010
Posted on: March 20, 2011 10:56 pm
 

Foxworth says union may never return

They've already decertified, genius. And going on the rest of your statement, you seem to have the NFLPA confused with the Teamsters. In fact, the directer of said establishment is refusing his salary money until a new CBA is in the books. Keep the playground mentality with the rest of the kiddies at the lunch table. :)



Since: Mar 1, 2011
Posted on: March 20, 2011 2:06 pm
 

Foxworth says union may never return

Dude.  That is a HUGE anti-Trust violation and the way the players got free agency in the first place.  The owners lost a law suit becasue they were doing precisely as you suggest.  It is price fixing.

Look at this from the point of view of a consumer.  If businesses were allowed to collude and set prices gas stations could all agree that they wanted $10 a gallon and you would have to pay it.

It amuses me that people who think that the unions are an affront to the free market system don't seem to understand this simple idea.  If the owners had to compete for players rather than having a union contract, the salaries would be HIGHER.  If Brady, Manning, et al were on the open market and anyone could sign them with NO COMPENSATION to the Colts or Patriots are you telling me that teams like the Cardinals and Vikings would not be waving even bigger contracts at these guys?

The union is the ownerships only way to save them from themselves.  Without the union, the NFL will go the way of MLB where the team with the most money wins and salaries are REALLY silly.



Since: Dec 1, 2009
Posted on: March 20, 2011 12:39 pm
 

Foxworth says union may never return

Vegas Dave is a bot. No human being could possibly be that stupid.



Since: Jan 13, 2007
Posted on: March 20, 2011 11:55 am
 

Foxworth says union may never return

Decertify?  That won't happen.  There's too many dirt bag lawyers with their hand in the union 'process'......aka the $$$ process.



Since: Dec 27, 2007
Posted on: March 20, 2011 11:55 am
 

Foxworth says union may never return

Unions had their time and they helped workers get deserved wages and benefits, but the union started overstepping their boundaries and strongarming the businesses and  becoming way overpaid.  I live in Michigan and watch groups of uneducated auto workers every day that are overpaid.  They stand and collect auto parts off of a machine that does all the work and get paid way too much for what they do.  Any person walking the street could do this same job and alot would happily do it for minimum wage.....

 

There is no doubt unions have lost their way and imo are still using 1960's tactics in a time where that simply doesn't work. I'm part of a union and have been involved as a negotiator and rep. I'm often at odds with how they work and have expressed my feelings on numerous occasions. I do believe too often they are partisan and that has hurt what remaining credibility they have with the public.

However, unions also protect the worker from management which often is brought in to break the workers or at minimum weed them out. Their strength is protecting them and ensuring safety in the work place. I've seen management abuse and eventually dismiss ppl who didn't deserve it, but didn't have full union rights so they were left to be abused.

Also too often the union's message is wrong. An example would be I pay into my pension and health benefits. Most have the impression workers don't and it's scot-free. I accepted a lower salary then in the private sector for 12 years to attain those benefits and eventually a salary equal to my skills and education. While others with my education were making $60,000-70,000 in their first year, I took $33,000 and worked my way up to where I now make a decent living. The trade off was security and benefits. No one should take away the latter. That deal was promised to me and others and we sacrificed to make it. That would be patently unfair.




Since: Oct 3, 2006
Posted on: March 20, 2011 11:47 am
 

Foxworth says union may never return

Ravener and sdw17 have good points.

The unions have developed into a cancer and need to be gotten rid of. The owners should makr an agreament omongst themselves and say we will only employ these many people at a salary cap etc. Everything the league is offering can be done by way of a franchise requirement by the league. That way the players have no say. If you show up to work you get paid and you have a job. If you don't show up replace them. The contracts with the players should stand. the days of a player not coming to camp or missing games or holding out could be over.

Integrity amongst the owners with each other is the right way to go with this.

As fans we want entertainment. That's ok. But we can also demand more from those who entertain us.


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