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Report: NFLPA has recertified as a union

Posted on: July 30, 2011 12:04 pm
 
SmithPosted by Josh Katzowitz

Although it comes as absolutely no surprise, the NFLPA, once again, has voted to recertify as a union, according to NFL.com’s Albert Breer.

After decertifying just before the players were locked out, there was some talk at the time that perhaps the NFLPA would be better suited NOT to recertify, meaning it couldn’t collectively bargain with the owners, meaning the owners  wouldn’t be exempt from anti-trust laws, meaning the possibilities of beginning the season under those terms was an impossibility.

But after the owners and players agreed on a new CBA, 50 percent plus one of the players had to vote in favor of restarting the union. That way, when the two sides meet today to complete the negotiations that only can be accomplished by collectively bargaining, the owners would be talking with a real-life union.

If the players wouldn’t have voted to recertify, the season likely would have been over before it had begun. Instead, NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith has been making the rounds at NFL camps this week explaining why and pushing for the players to vote yay on recertifying.

Now, they have, and the two sides are that much closer to completing the entire deal and giving fans 10 years of labor peace.

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Since: Feb 25, 2009
Posted on: July 31, 2011 12:10 am
 

Report: NFLPA has recertified as a union

Yes, the players have to look out for themselves, but then you say owners shouldn't conduct business in their best interest.
Not at all. I'm saying it's hypocritical to defend the owners' tactics as just and ethical while savaging the players' as immoral and illegal. If we apply a standard to one party, the same standard should be applied to the other. Elementary morality dicatates that we apply these same standards. If the owners' shady maneuvers are allowable, then so are the players'.
Football while a business is still football.  Yes, they indeed have a union that collectively bargains, but it isn't exactly a great analogy to compare the NFL with regular corporate America.
I disagree. Football is part of the entertainment industry. I view the Dallas Cowboys in much the same way as I view Paramount Pictures or Virgin Records. The NFL is certainly part of "regular corporate America".



Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: July 30, 2011 7:18 pm
 

This is a cartel: not a union.

When a bunch of people being exploited for minimum wage get together, it's a union.  When a bunch of millionaires get together, it's a cartel.  



Since: Sep 15, 2007
Posted on: July 30, 2011 6:23 pm
 

Report: NFLPA has recertified as a union

This plays out all across the country, in every sector. Whenever business gets a multi-billion-dollar handout at taxpaye expense, it's "necessary" to "create jobs" (that never appear) or some other such excuse. Whenever business moves operations or hides their income offshore or downsizes to boost their already record-setting profits, it is always justified. And whenever labor tries to look out for themselves, it is always an anathema to everything, good, just, and American.
It's even funnier that people just can't seem to get this. No matter how often the weath moves upward at the expense of the middle class and poor, no matter how many times policy is slanted in the favor of corporations, no matter how obvious it becomes that we are all suffering because Microsoft or Mobil or GM or Goldman Sachs screw everyone over to enrich the very few, people refuse to make the connection.

Football while a business is still football.  Yes, they indeed have a union that collectively bargains, but it isn't exactly a great analogy to compare the NFL with regular corporate America.  In this case there are two primary partners - players and owners.  Yes the fans supplement or in all actuality fund the business.  But guess what the only return oin your "investment" is fond memories and the experience.  Advertisers boost revenues so that they can get in on the action.  They offer up their piece of the pie in exchange for their product being strewn all over the national media.  This is a blatant attempt to influence your buying power.  So in all actuality everyone involved is using everybody else to further their agenda.  Yes, the players have to look out for themselves, but then you say owners shouldn't conduct business in their best interest.  Neither side can have thing exactly as they want them, thus the need for negotiations.  I am all for players trying to improve their working conditions (no padded two-a-days) or ensuring their financial future (although most would only go bankrupt through their own fault anyways).  It is a give and take on both ends, plain and simple.  Let's just be glad that they all came to their senses, not taking extreme stances and measures.    Now that this mess is essentiallly over, let the games begin.



Since: Mar 15, 2011
Posted on: July 30, 2011 5:46 pm
 

lawsuit

now that they are a union again, will they sue the owners for antitrust violations if the owners don't pay all the money promised?



Since: Feb 25, 2009
Posted on: July 30, 2011 2:27 pm
 

Report: NFLPA has recertified as a union

LOL

It's funny how many people justified the owners' shenanigans over and over as good negotiation tactics, yet they can't seem to get their heads around this. I suppose that's what 75+ years of massive corporate propaganda buys you: Any attempt by the fortunate to enrich themselves is justified, and any attempt by the less fortunate to defend themselves is an abomination. To be sure, the players are more fortunate than most, but they are less fortunate than the owners.

This plays out all across the country, in every sector. Whenever business gets a multi-billion-dollar handout at taxpaye expense, it's "necessary" to "create jobs" (that never appear) or some other such excuse. Whenever business moves operations or hides their income offshore or downsizes to boost their already record-setting profits, it is always justified. And whenever labor tries to look out for themselves, it is always an anathema to everything, good, just, and American.
It's even funnier that people just can't seem to get this. No matter how often the weath moves upward at the expense of the middle class and poor, no matter how many times policy is slanted in the favor of corporations, no matter how obvious it becomes that we are all suffering because Microsoft or Mobil or GM or Goldman Sachs screw everyone over to enrich the very few, people refuse to make the connection.

Take Wisconsin, for example. The new Govenor literally tries to take money from the state employees and give it to his benefactors, and everyone lines up to blame teachers, firemen, and the police. It's the same principle here. The owners demand more money, the players try to keep from giving up more money, and people start lining up to call the players greedy. When the owners browbeat the networks into a $4.5 billion swindle to be paid without an NFL season, it's just good business. When the players decertify to protect themselves it's suddeny immoral and should be illegal.




Since: Apr 14, 2007
Posted on: July 30, 2011 1:01 pm
 

Report: NFLPA has recertified as a union

They were always a union, I can't believe there are laws in the U.S that allow a union to "decertify" after failing to negotiate a new CBA with the only intention and purpose being to sue the owners for locking them out as individuals.  They need to do something about that law.


There are not laws that allow this. Only backwoods judges in Minnesota that allow this nonsense. One is named Do-Do Doty, and his lil'pal Suze-Q



Since: Apr 14, 2007
Posted on: July 30, 2011 12:58 pm
 

Report: NFLPA has recertified as a union

And as suspected it was very easy, they showed the judge a video in which the camera pans to the backs to reveal that they had their fingers crossed when they decertified...


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