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Edging ever-closer to the cancellation of an entire season, the National Hockey League has announced it's cancelling games through January 14 as the owners and league management are keeping the players locked out.
NHL owners and players are stalemated on their negotiations on a new collective bargaining agreement, and players are voting to decide whether to have the NHL Players' Association announce that it no longer will represent the players. That would allow players to pursue antitrust litigation to have the lockout declared illegal.

Players are expected to approve that measure, but the voting will not be completed until Friday.

Here are a couple links to past coverage of this lockout by way of reminders what's going on here:

NHL owners demanding nothing short of full capitulation from locked-out players

NHL owners hire Frank Luntz to shift blame for the lockout onto hockey players

And more:

  • Labor historian and blogger Erik Loomis is under attack by the right for saying on Twitter, after the Sandy Hook massacre, that he wanted NRA head "Wayne LaPierre’s head on a stick." And his university's administration is not standing with him or with academic freedom.
  • Feeling like the anti-union laws on the books in his state aren't enough in this age of states passing anti-union laws, an Alabama Republican state senator is proposing to double down on one of the existing ones by putting it in the state constitution:
    “It is redundant to a degree, but the redundancy sends a message: We are serious about jobs and Alabama is open for business,” Dial said.
    Uh, yeah. Sure. Re-passing a law that's already on the books and that doesn't actually add jobs, just pushes down their pay, shows that you're serious about something, but it's not jobs.
  • H-1B visa exploitation:
    A federal court jury late Monday ordered Universal Placement International of Los Angeles and its owner and president, Lourdes Navarro, to pay $4.5 million to the 350 Filipino teachers they lured to teach in Louisiana public schools following Hurricane Katrina and forced into exploitive contracts after arriving in the United States through the federal guest worker program.
  • In November, Idaho voters rejected a law stripping teachers of collective bargaining rights. But the state's school boards association is trying to get legislators to pass some of the same provisions anyway.
  • The IBEW will be airing this ad during football games this Sunday:
  • It's always interesting to see the diverse groups of workers who join unions, recently including American Sign Language interpreters, nurses, custodial workers, carwasheros.

Originally posted to Daily Kos Labor on Thu Dec 20, 2012 at 02:00 PM PST.

Also republished by The Wide World of Sports.

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  •  This time Mr Bettman has crossed the Rubicon---and (3+ / 0-)
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    SLKRR, BrooklynJohnny, Hastur

    there will be no going back:  It will disappear forever!!!

    Sad for all the fringe vendors, etc. who are the ones suffering most!!

    •  Let the NHL die... (2+ / 0-)
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      MidwestTreeHugger, Hastur

      I almost gave up on it in 2005.  This time, I will.  Minor league hockey only for me from now on (or European leagues).  The NHL had a good run, but its time has come.

      Article 196. Health care is a right of all persons and an obligation of the State, guaranteed through social and economic policies that provide...universal and equitable access to programs and services....

      by SLKRR on Thu Dec 20, 2012 at 03:24:40 PM PST

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      •  The irony (2+ / 0-)
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        escapee, Hastur

        is the issue, as with past lockouts, is that the interests of the players are aligned with the interests of the more profitable franchises.   The original 6, and my Flyers, would love to offer more than 5 year contracts with huge signing bonuses and also not share revenue with sunbelt and small market teams.  The players are locked out because a majority of the NHL teams have no reason existing.

        The new NHL, Orr Conference:  Boston, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, NY Rangers, NJ Devils, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Washington, Detroit.  Gretsky Conference: Minnesota, St. Louis, Vancouver, LA Kings, Edmonton, Calgary, San Jose, Winnipeg, Colorado, Chicago.  (No, I didn't forget the Islanders.)

        Difficult, difficult, lemon difficult.

        by Loge on Thu Dec 20, 2012 at 04:35:05 PM PST

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        •  Good idea. (1+ / 0-)
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          I completely agree with your main point.  The NHL is in trouble b/c it's a bloated mess with teams that should never have been formed to begin with. It's not just a financial problem but, as a former fan, I can honestly say that the constant expansions into needless markets has made the game far less enjoyable.  Those expansions have not only overloaded the league with cash-poor teams, but they've also diluted the league's overall talent.  Oh, and it's done this all while infringing on old rivalries.  No one cares about Nashville vs. Phoenix.  Montreal should be playing more games against Toronto, not Tampa Bay.

          My only argument is that an Isles franchise in Brooklyn (they already signed a 30 year lease there) is far more valuable to a new or realigned league than a club in Jersey.  No matter how good the Devils have been, even the Nets know that playing in Newark or out in some swamp can't compare with Brooklyn. That's not even up for debate.  Isles and all their old banners in Brooklyn makes them a top-4/5 market almost overnight.  Again, not even something to think about debating.

          Pride-and-joy-and-greed-and-sex, that's what makes our town the best!

          by BrooklynJohnny on Thu Dec 20, 2012 at 05:41:51 PM PST

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  •  you know what George Will (1+ / 0-)
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    would say to those silly Idaho voters for rejecting his idea of "freedom" and "liberty" probably that they got it coming to them for defeating this at the ballot box. Oh, the educated things that man says, it just makes me want to hurl, with Freedom and Liberty, of course.

  •  The NHL ought to fear me (1+ / 0-)
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    and those like me.  We gave up our season tickets in 1990 because we couldn't afford the new building.  We suffered a long, slow, painful disaffection over new rules in the 90s (if we wanted to watch European hockey, we'd live in Europe).  The first lost year taught us we could survive without it.

    This time I don't even miss it.  I hate the NHL for that.

    "Republicans are poor losers and worse winners." - My grandmother, sometime in the early 1960s

    by escapee on Thu Dec 20, 2012 at 05:40:25 PM PST

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