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NHL Respnds to Union’s Threat to Disclaim Interest

December 14th, 2012 at 9:00 PM
By Tim ODonnell

Earlier today it was reveled that the NHLPA wants to have a vote to give it's executive board the power to disclaim interest if needed. Well, it didn't take long for the NHL to respond. The league has filed a lawsuit in federal court and an Unfair Labor Practice Charge with the National Labor Relations Board.

The lawsuit aims to prove the legality of the lockout so if the union does dissolve then players can not bring antitrust lawsuits against the owners.

According to ESPN, the claim to the National Labor Relations Board is that this is an "obvious bargaining tactic given the ongoing negotiations and the lack of progress towards a resolution." The NHL also calls the NHLPA's threat to dissolve a "ploy" and an "unlawful subversion."

The players' union released a statement when they were informed of the league's moves. It said: "The NHLPA has just received a copy of the National Labor Relations Board charge and has not yet been served with the lawsuit. However, based on what we've learned so far, the NHL appears to be arguing that Players should be stopped from even considering their right to decide whether or not to be represented by a union. We believe that their position is completely without merit."

At this point there are no scheduled meetings between the two sides.

Tags: Boston, Boston Bruins, Hockey, NHL, NHLPA

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