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The former union and George Martin

Posted on: March 26, 2011 1:48 pm
 
Recently the head of the NFL Alumni, George Martin, met with leaders from the former players' union and what happened next -- and will happen in the future -- is highly interesting.

Martin is a former NFL player who deals with former players and his words carry weight. He has been publicly critical of the former union and has asked for a one-on-one meeting with it's former head, DeMaurice Smith. While no such meeting happened, Martin did recently meet with Smith and others from the trade association as a group.

As Profootballtalk.com reported and CBSSports.com has confirmed the meeting at times became extremely heated. Profootballtalk.com was able to obtain a memo Martin wrote to his own membership which stated the meeting atmosphere "was very defiant, accusatory, and outright disrespectful.”

CBSSports.com has learned the meeting was filmed and it's possible, according to a person present in the meeting, that a transcript of the meeting might be soon released.

This is getting good.

The former union, to put it mildly, doesn't trust Martin, a former player for the Giants. They point to the fact that the NFL has given Martin an interest free loan worth over $1 million, and they feel, more than anything, that this payment means Martin has a conflict of interest.

The meeting became heated, one source present said, when several crucial issues were raised. Among them was Martin being paid by the owners and, also, Martin doesn't agree with the former union's demand for financial transparency. There is additionally some concern Martin is attempting to operate a shadow union that conflicts with the current former union leadership.

Martin has publicly stated he wants a one-on-one meeting with Smith but that likely won't happen because such a meeting could be construed as bargaining and that can't be done since the union has decertified.

This story will continue to develop and it's possible the next thing will be a release of the transcript of the meeting.
Category: NFL
Tags: Labor
 
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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 5, 2011 9:50 am
 

The former union and George Martin

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Since: Dec 1, 2009
Posted on: March 29, 2011 9:45 am
 

The former union and George Martin

redskin81hof,
You DO realize that the owners would think as little of your idea as would the players, do you not? The success of the NFL lies largely in its socialistic business practices among its owners. Your idea would put them at one another's throats 24/7. Even Jerry Jones would lose, were that to happen.



Since: Dec 1, 2009
Posted on: March 29, 2011 9:36 am
 

The former union and George Martin

brown31,
Blow into a paper bag until you've ceased hyperventilating, sir. You're starving your brain of oxygen. It is the OWNERS who are threatening to stop the season from being played. When they open the doors, IF they open the doors, they will have no choice but to honor any existing personal player contracts they have, which probably exceed 1200 in number. Further, if they attempted to freeze out the others in favor of manifestly inferior talent, then they would inevitably have to pay hefty damages, trebled, for engaging in collusive conduct to the detriment of those whom they were punishing.
I've no idea what motivates your hatred for so many whom you do not know personally, but I suspect that it's among the following: (1) You consider them your social inferiors, believing such men such be kept to their "station" in life, which lies somewhere near the level of your feet. (2) You envy their success in life, longing to pull them back into the pot with all of the other crabs. (3) You see the color of so many of their skins, yearning for the "Days of cotton," when master's rights were not forgotten.
Whichever it is, get help. Meanwhile, stay away from children and women.



Since: Dec 1, 2009
Posted on: March 29, 2011 9:22 am
 

The former union and George Martin

Your boss likely doesn't require your agreement in order to run HIS business as he wishes. Inasmuch as the NFL DOES require the agreement of the Union in order to run theirs as they wish, they have no real choice except to deal with the players as partners, through a Union. REASON? The owners operate in a way that would be illegal for any other business than a sports league. The courts have acknowledged an exception to the normal laws here, but IF AND ONLY IF things are done in the context of the NLRA. That's settled law, so when the owners suggest otherwise, they're lying through their teeth and/or engaging in wishful thinking. Truth is, sans Union, they should consider themselves lucky if they don't all wind up in the federal can, in short order, for violations of the anti-trust laws.)



Since: Jul 30, 2008
Posted on: March 28, 2011 1:07 pm
 

The former union and George Martin

It certainly seems that the NFLPA has trouble trusting anyone these days. Is this leadership or the actual feelings of the players?



Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: March 28, 2011 11:28 am
 

The former union and George Martin



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