After a long night of talks, the NHL and the union are returning to negotiations — just later than expected.
Donald Fehr and the players’ association are ready to get back to the bargaining table at any moment. They are now just waiting for the NHL to feel the same way.
NHL labor negotiations will resume Wednesday, with mediators rejoining the talks at an undisclosed location in an effort to save the hockey season.
The NHL and the locked-out players are talking again, just not for very long.
So much for a two-week break. Just over a week since the last set of failed negotiations, the NHL and the locked-out players’ association will return to the bargaining table Monday.
Both sides in the NHL labor fight seem willing to talk. The problem is neither group likes what is being said at the other end of the table.
Dark clouds no longer dominate the NFL horizon. Rays of sunshine have broken through as owners and players make progress in labor talks. So what could cause rain to fall, washing away the chance of a deal? Plenty.
Hard-liners on both sides — the NFL and players’ union — have taken negotiations to the brink, and there’s no indication that sanity will prevail before the current collective bargaining agreement expires and things really begin to get nasty.
When the NFL and the players’ union agreed to federal mediation, they knew it was voluntary. In theory, either side could walk away at any time. Instead, they keep coming back to the table.
At least one person participating in the federally mediated NFL labor negotiations was willing to say something — anything — about how he felt after more than 25 hours of meetings over four days. “Things are going well right now,” said Steelers quarterback Charlie Batch.
The NFL and its players’ union met with a federal mediator for the fourth day in a row Monday, trying to make progress toward a new collective bargaining agreement before the current labor deal expires.
The NFL and its players’ union met before a federal mediator for the third consecutive day on Sunday, trying to find common ground for a new labor deal before the current one expires.
To paraphrase Bill Clinton in 1994 while discussing baseball’s labor angst, I don’t get why y’all can’t just figure out how to share a few billion dollars.
Negotiations to prevent an NFL lockout took a grim turn Thursday with the cancellation of the second day of a planned two-day bargaining session.