NHLPA’s Fehr Says Holidays Won’t Impede Labor Talks
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – NHLPA Executive Director Donald Fehr says the NHLPA will continue to work over the holidays in an effort to save the 2012-13 NHL season from being cancelled entirely.
“We owe that to the fans and we obviously owe it to our own members and I believe the NHL would owe it to its owners, so hopefully that won’t be an impediment,” Fehr told TSN Radio on Thursday.
The NHL has cancelled all games through January 14 and time is running out for the sides to strike an agreement that would prevent the league from suffering the same fate as they did in when the entire 2004-05 season scrapped.
“We’re involved in serious negotiations. We’ve got to try to find a way to make an agreement and for my part and my staff we’ll make whoever needs to be available available in order to get the job done,” Fehr stated.
The NHLPA held a vote on Friday at noon on whether to disclaim interest in response to the NHL filing a class-action lawsuit in federal court in New York.
TSN reported on Friday afternoon that the vote “overwhelmingly” passed and that the players now have the option of dissolving their union.
The NHL filed a class-action lawsuit in federal court in New York on Friday and also filed an unfair labor practice complaint with the National Labor Relations Board.
Should the NHLPA disclaim interest, they could seek a court to declare the lockout illegal and possibly earn their players three times their salaries lost if they win in court.
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