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Union charges NBA not bargaining in good faith

Posted on: May 24, 2011 2:51 pm
Edited on: May 24, 2011 5:34 pm
 
The National Basketball Players Association reportedly has filed an unfair labor practice against the NBA. Posted by Ben Golliver.

Are the NBA's collective bargaining negotiations about to take an ugly turn or could legal action prevent a lockout?

The New York Times reported on Tuesday that the National Basketball Players Association has "just filed unfair labor practice charge with National Labor Relations Board, accusing NBA of failing to bargain in good faith."

Shortly thereafter, Yahoo! Sports reported that the "NBPA's complaint to NLRB for unfair labor practices charges the NBA with 'harsh, inflexible and grossly regressive 'takeaway' demands. Players Association also charges NBA is 'engaging in classic 'take it or leave it' and surface bargaining intended to delay action.'" The site also noted that it's possible this is simply legal maneuvering. "These charges will probably go nowhere, but the union seems determined to make clear that there's been no progress with Stern and owners."

The Associated Press reports that the move could impact whether there is a lockout this summer. 
The NBA players' association filed an unfair labor charge against the league Tuesday with the National Labor Relations Board, a move it hopes could block a lockout it feels owners want.

The union says the NBA hasn't bargained in good faith, has made financial demands without offering concessions to the players, and has bypassed the union to deal directly with players.

The charge filed with Region 2 of the NLRB seeks "an injunction against the NBA's unlawful bargaining practices and its unlawful lockout threat."
In recent weeks, the Players Association has expressed frustration with a lack of progress in ongoing negotiations for a new Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Via the Salt Lake Tribune, the NBA issued the following response on Tuesday afternoon.
"There is no merit to the charge filed today by the Players Association with the National Labor Relations Board, as we have complied -- and will continue to comply -- with all of our obligations under the federal labor laws. It will not distract us from our efforts to negotiate in good faith a new collective bargaining agreement with the Players Association."
Back in April, Yahoo! Sports reported that the NBA referee's union filed a similar complaint.

This post will be updated with more on this story as it develops.
Category: NBA
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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 8, 2012 5:32 pm
 

Union charges NBA not bargaining in good faith

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Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: May 25, 2011 8:23 pm
 

Union charges NBA not bargaining in good faith

 Okay, lay off the unions... There are good and bad ones. Pro sports unions are not your typical union. Do you like the 40hr work week? How about the 5 day work week?  Unions are great when they are protection regular people, not millionaires. Employers (especially these days) are interested in one thing: profits. They don't care about employees, for the most part. That is where unions come in, to level the playing field so to speak.



Since: Jul 26, 2009
Posted on: May 25, 2011 11:53 am
 

Union charges NBA not bargaining in good faith

You would think they would have learned from the big league the NFL. It ceases to amaze me how a deal can't be reached. I agree that the Unions don't necessarily have the players best interest at heart. The union is greedy. This will be something if I'm stuck watching baseball. I use baseball for background noise.



Since: Feb 16, 2007
Posted on: May 25, 2011 11:10 am
 

Union charges NBA not bargaining in good faith

Unions don't care about the good of their business (sports or not), they are only worried about getting as much for themselves as they can.  Greedy!  From what i understand there are NBA teams that are losing money.  My Atlanta Hawks are a team w/ a horrible ownership group(Atlanta Spirit) that is trying to sell the team & is about to sell the NHL's Thrashers to group in Canada.  With the status of the economy it's time for everyone (sports & non sports) to scale back on demands.  Keep in mind if high demands are met it's the people(fans) that eventually have to pay higher costs.  The players (in all sports) make more than enough money to live.     
 



Since: Feb 10, 2010
Posted on: May 25, 2011 9:02 am
 

Union charges NBA not bargaining in good faith

RichyRiches: "Well let's just see how the billionaire owners would do trying to push second rate athletes on NBA fans." RichyRiches, have you watched much NBA lately. The league is full of second rate athletes. Just look at the rosters of teams like Cleveland, Toronto, New Jersey, Milwaukee, etc. Those billionaire owners that you seem to hate so much seem to be doing OK with those "second rate" players. Don't fool yourself, the players need the owners a lot more than the owners need the players.



Since: Feb 10, 2010
Posted on: May 25, 2011 8:56 am
 

Union charges NBA not bargaining in good faith

Everyone get a grip...here is reality...the OWNERS are the ones that have put up all of the dough to buy the franchises and pay the players. Like it or not, they are billionaires for a reason. They, are the ones with the capital at risk. The PLAYERS, talented as they are, are nothing more than employees getting checks. So, the OWNERS have every right not to have to share a portion of the profits with the PLAYERS union. If the players do not like the way they are being treated they can always find work elsewhere in a different career. Since we all know that won't happen, they should all just continue to cash their huge checks, pay their child support, and keep their mouths shut and play. By the way, are the OWNERS asking the PLAYERS for a percentage of the money they make for selling shoes, fast food, deodorant, and Gatorade? Just shut up and play already.



Since: Oct 21, 2007
Posted on: May 25, 2011 3:25 am
 

Union charges NBA not bargaining in good faith

Man you have a pro athlete crush.  The athletes are making a boat load of money! 


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