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NFL Files with NLRB

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...The NFL is filing with the NLRB, against the NFLPA. Crazy, since some people on this board thought the NFLPA would. Wonder if we haven't been getting the whole story? ;)

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello has confirmed that the league has filed with National Labor Relations Board a charge of unfair labor practices. The league claims that the NFLPA has failed to bargain in good faith as a result of a strategy to decertify and file antitrust litigation against the league.

http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2011/02/14/league-files-unfair-labor-practice-charge-over-plan-to-decertify/

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Well, perhaps the NLRB will find that the tyrant Jerry Richardson is unfairly treating his workers and the NFL in general. :P

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man we are so fuged.....everybody dig in its going tobe a long summer

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yea sure mav. he defiantly hasnt built an empire from the ground up and brought together tens of thousands of people to get a team in Charlotte and run the team as well. I mean, the players have done so much, not having to ever go to class from the age of 16 to 21 and make millions of dollars on good faith.

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Well, perhaps the NLRB will find that the tyrant Jerry Richardson is unfairly treating his workers and the NFL in general. :P

The owners are going to see the same type of suit filed against them by the players, but the players actually have boulwarism and surface bargaining complaints. It was only a matter of time before the NLRB got involved.

This is going to get very interesting.....

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The owners are going to see the same type of suit filed against them by the players, but the players actually have boulwarism and surface bargaining complaints. It was only a matter of time before the NLRB got involved.

This is going to get very interesting.....

They do not have those complaints yet and your belief they do is based off of the one side of the argument you are hearing. The NFL has made it clear they won't give their side in public because they don't want to negotiate through the media. The NFLPA knows they need to gain ground fast. Fans are a way to do that. Hence the public approach.

Does anyone know why the NFLPA might not want to call it's proposal a proposal at the last meeting, and instead, an illustration? That is what caused the breakdown, at least according to one source.

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The owners are going to see the same type of suit filed against them by the players, but the players actually have boulwarism and surface bargaining complaints. It was only a matter of time before the NLRB got involved.

This is going to get very interesting.....

You are correct that it would be easy for the NFL to get slapped with boulwarism...but the players have actually been more blanent about it and really the actions of having each team vote to decertify was the equivilent of holding up a big sign that reads "We are going to use this to force the leagues hands in court and we have no plans of true and honest negociating." How do you not see that as an act of boulwarism?

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You are correct that it would be easy for the NFL to get slapped with boulwarism...but the players have actually been more blanent about it and really the actions of having each team vote to decertify was the equivilent of holding up a big sign that reads "We are going to use this to force the leagues hands in court and we have no plans of true and honest negociating." How do you not see that as an act of boulwarism?

For one, boulwarism is a bargaining technique that the company uses and employees can not force a CBA through. The employees only option if a CBA is forced through is to strike.

As I've been saying for weeks, the owners are not making concessions and that constitutes surface bargaining, because the owners are merely going through the motions with out "reasonable" intent to setting employment terms. The owners are the ones threatening lockout and using it to pressure the players into an unacceptable CBA.

Mark my words. The NFL will face surface bargaining and boulwarism charges, once the players union reps get their heads out of their arses....the case is very clear. Richardson's speech to the owners in March 2010 will be used against the owners. You can't tell the union that you are not going to bend and that you are going to lock them out if they do not agree to your terms.

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Didn't the NFLPA also say back in December that the internal deadline for a new CBA had passed and to prepare for a lockout?

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Does anyone know why the NFLPA might not want to call it's proposal a proposal at the last meeting, and instead, an illustration? That is what caused the breakdown, at least according to one source.

The CBA proposal is the owners' responsibility to present. The players union will simply redline the proposal and negotiate the terms. The union will not be presenting a CBA to the owners, its the other way around.

From what I'm seeing the players have poor representation and the owners are trying to take advantage of that. If the players union had proper representation, then they would have filed the NLRB suit against the owners once they walked out of the negotiations.

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We also do not know for certain that the NFL has refused any compromise. They are not issuing their stances publicly, so the only way we will know if that is the case is if the "last, best offer" is identical to the first offer... because the NFLPA is certainly not going to come out and say, "Oh yeah, the owners had concessions but we didn't like 'em"...

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