Members of the NHL Players’ Assn. have voted to authorize their executive board to dissolve the union, which would pave the way for players to file antitrust lawsuits against the NHL.
Several people who are knowledgeable about the decision but are not authorized to discuss it publicly said the vote by 700-plus players, which concluded Friday, gave the NHLPA’s board overwhelming support for filing a so-called disclaimer of interest.
Filing a disclaimer of interest is a quicker way to dissolve a union than decertification and has the same purpose: clearing the way for players to file a class-action antitrust suit against the NHL. The board has until Jan. 2 to make the filing.
The National Basketball Players Assn., which represents NBA players, filed a disclaimer of interest during its dispute with the league a year ago. However, the players arrived at a new collective bargaining agreement within two weeks. The NBPA re-formed to finish the negotiations.