This is disgusting. Thursday night the NHLPA requested a union’s executive board of 30 members for a vote to give it authority to file a ‘disclaimer of interest’. This would ultimatley disband the PA and would allow the players to file a class-action anti-trust law suit against the NHL.
In law, a class-action, a class suit, or a representative action is a form of lawsuit in which a large group of people collectively bring a claim to court and/or in which a class of defendants is being sued.
via Wikipedia: Class-Action
The United States Antitrust laws were put in place by federal and state governments to regulate corporations. They keep companies from becoming too large and fixing prices, and also encourage competition so that consumers can receive quality products at reasonable prices. These laws give businesses an equal opportunity to compete for market share. Preventing monopolies ensures that consumer demand is met in a fair and balanced way. There are four sections that the laws focus on including agreements between competitors, contracts between buyers and sellers, mergers and monopolies.
via Wikipedia: United States antitrust law
Earlier today the NHL has announced that they have filed a class-action complaint. The league is looking for a declaration confirming the legal ramifications of the lockout, and submitted an unfair labour practice charge with the National Labour Relations Board in New York. These two moves by the League are like defensive moves before the NHLPA explodes itself up.
The NHL and NHLPA will now likely settle this dispute in the court room instead of a meeting room in a 5 star hotel. One good note about this is that the National Basketball Association and National Basketball Players Association went through this route last year and solved all or most of their issues within 12 days.
The NBPA’s main negotiator Jeffrey Kessler says it would be a wise decision for the NHLPA to use the ‘disclaimer of interest’ to end the lockout.
“I think this is much more likely to lead to a settlement sooner,” Kessler said Friday. “The players have concluded that they are on the verge of possibly deciding that it is better not to be a union and using the anti-trust laws to attack the lockout, which all fans should be happy with because it’ll work.
Good news or bad news?