YOU ARE HERE: LAT HomeCollectionsPlayers Union

Players Union

December 21, 2012 | Staff and wire reports
Members of the NHL Players' Assn. have voted to authorize their executive board to dissolve the union by filing a disclaimer of interest, which would pave the way for players to file anti-trust lawsuits against the NHL. Several sources who are knowledgeable about the decision but are not authorized to discuss it publicly said the voting by 700-plus players, which concluded on Friday, gave the NHLPA's board overwhelming support for the move....
December 19, 2012 | Staff and wire reports
NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said in radio interviews Wednesday he expects more games will be canceled this week and said mid-January is the latest the league and the NHL Players' Assn. can forge a new collective bargaining agreement and play a season of at least 48 games. NHLPA leader Donald Fehr, who spoke to a Toronto radio station and to reporters attending a charity hockey game in Toronto, said he's ready to resume negotiations "whenever the owners want to try to resolve this and end the lockout," but said owners haven't shown they're ready to talk again.
November 28, 2012 | By David Wharton, Los Angeles Times
Nothing about Marvin Miller seemed feisty or controversial at first glance; the soft-spoken economist was a smallish man with gray hair and a tidy mustache. But as a union leader, it was Miller who took on baseball's establishment in the late 1960s, eventually guiding players to an era of mega-salaries and free agency, thereby changing the landscape of American sports. "Nobody realized how gargantuan the task was," he said years later. "Major league players were, at the time, truly brainwashed.
November 19, 2012 | Staff and wire reports
If the first bargaining session in eight days between the NHL and the players' association made any headway, neither side tipped its hand. A large contingent of players got together with league leadership in New York on Monday night and met for less than two hours. Not a whole lot was accomplished on the road to a new agreement that could get the hockey season going, but at least there was optimism that the sides would get together again - probably as soon as Tuesday. The league contends that it is waiting for the players to present a full proposal on all of the major issues - including core economics and player contracting, which deals with the entry-level system, arbitration and free agency.
November 3, 2012 | By Helene Elliott
The seconds-in-command for the NHL and the players association met Saturday in what was described as a secret location in an effort to revive their stalled labor negotiations. NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly and NHLPA Special Counsel Steve Fehr restarted the talks a day after the league announced it had canceled the Jan. 1 Winter Classic outdoor game, its annual showcase. The league has canceled 327 games since it locked players out on Sept. 15, more than a quarter of the season.
October 17, 2012 | By Helene Elliott
The NHL, in a rare display of candor, released the full terms of the contract proposal it had made to the players association on Tuesday. The detailed proposal, made available Wednesday on the league's website, includes a Oct. 25 deadline for an agreement to be reached to preserve a full season. The league's proposal also includes a warning : “Delay (beyond October 25) will necessarily leave us with an abbreviated season and will require the cancellation of signature NHL events,” it reads, undoubtedly referring to the Jan. 1 Winter Classic at Michigan Stadium.
October 5, 2012 | By Helene Elliott
One day after the NHL delivered a hit to players' wallets by canceling the first two weeks of the schedule, the top leaders of the league and the players' union met in Toronto on Friday to discuss where they are in their dispute. At least they're talking. But the question is whether they can have substantive and continuing negotiations and find a way to resolve the economic roadblocks that jeopardize the season and lift the lockout imposed by the NHL on Sept. 15. The league was represented by Commissioner Gary Bettman and Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly.
October 5, 2012 | Helene Elliott
The NHL on Thursday used its most potent hammer and ensured locked-out players will lose at least one paycheck when it canceled a segment of the regular-season schedule from the Oct. 11 openers through Oct. 24. The action was the next step following its postponement of training camp and cancellation of exhibition games. But players aren't paid during camp and were scheduled to get their first checks Oct. 15. That may be the first of many missed paydays because the league and the players' union have been unable to conduct sustained negotiations toward a new collective bargaining agreement.
September 30, 2012 | By Bill Shaikin
The face of baseball this October could be Derek Jeter or Josh Hamilton, Joey Votto or Buster Posey, Chipper Jones or Bryce Harper. The face of hockey this October? Donald Fehr. Just the mention of his name sends shivers down the spine of longtime baseball fans. Fehr led the baseball players' union through the only fall without a Fall Classic in the last 100 years. Since 1995, however, baseball has enjoyed labor peace while the NFL has locked out its players once, the NBA twice and the NHL twice.
Los Angeles Times Articles