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NHLPA tries to stop Flames, Oilers from having a lockout vote

Sep 8, 2012, 11:25 AM EDT

Andrew Cogliano, Miikka Kiprusoff AP

The current CBA is set to expire on Sept. 15 and a lockout might follow.

In anticipation of that, the Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames have asked the Alberta Labour Relations Board for permission to hold a lockout vote. However, the NHLPA filed a challenge on Friday, according to the Calgary Herald.

“The players are committed to finding a way to reach an agreement without a lockout,” NHLPA special assistant Mathieu Schneider said, “and we are hopeful that the Alberta Labour Relations Board will assist in these efforts.”

Alberta law requires that the Flames and Oilers can’t hold a lockout vote until the league’s requested a mediator — which actually did happen. Alberta appointed one on Aug. 21.

The NHLPA is arguing that the league wasn’t willing to negotiate with the mediator. They said that the process was cut short after just three days without the two sides actually meeting.

With that in mind, the NHLPA is arguing that the process was faulty because the league rushed it.

If the Alberta Labour Relations Board rules in favor of the NHLPA, then the Calgary Flames and Edmonton Oilers will not be allowed to lock out their players.

Meanwhile, the province of Ontario has already given the Toronto Maple Leafs and Ottawa Senators permission to lock out their players on Sept. 15, according to the Toronto Star.

  1. bcsteele - Sep 8, 2012 at 11:33 AM

    Does this mean we’ll at least have two teams in this year’s hockey season? lol

    • jrcan13 - Sep 10, 2012 at 12:34 PM

      3 If you count the Montreal Canadiens

      “The NHL Players’ Association is hoping that Quebec’s labour laws will keep members of the Montreal Canadiens from being locked out by the league.

      The team’s players have hired Montreal-based lawyer Michael Cohen, who sent a cease and desist letter to the Habs owners and the NHL on Friday.

      They’re claiming it would be unlawful for the players to be locked out — something the league plans to do if a new collective bargaining agreement isn’t reached by Sunday — because the NHLPA isn’t certified by the Quebec Labour Board.”

  2. vshehane - Sep 8, 2012 at 11:46 AM

    And Canada can just play with itself, like it wants to.

    • jrcan13 - Sep 10, 2012 at 12:31 PM

      Well with the high percentages of NHL being Canadian you COULD say we’ve been playing with ourselves all along

  3. sampulls - Sep 8, 2012 at 5:13 PM

    NHLPA is a joke….last time I checked unions were formed to make sure companies didn’t pay employees pennies a day. All unions should be abolished in North America.

    The fall of western society as we know it is due to unions…
    USA $85/hour for an assemble worker
    China $0.05/hour for an assemble worker
    Both making the same product….who do you think needs a union?

    • kitshky - Sep 8, 2012 at 10:11 PM

      Not arguing the actual point you’re trying to make, but I gotta say, you’ve put out the most cliched “swiss cheese” argument I’ve heard in a long time.

      A – I highly doubt the average Union workers toiling on assembly lines across North America are making $85 an hour, and as far as Union workers overall, an $85 an hour wage isn’t exactly a working average.
      B – you’re argument against Unions is to show us an example of how poorly workers are treated without Unions.

      Brilliant.

    • phillyphanatic76 - Sep 9, 2012 at 1:06 AM

      This is an absolutely absurd point. Unions are far from perfect but they are one of the few things that keeps Americans from being paid like the Chinese. There would be no 40 hour work week, no minimum wage, and hardly any benefits like health care coverage without the formation of unions. We’d still be treated like factory workers from the industrial revolution where if you lose a limb on the job, costing you your earning power for life, you’d be fired and starve. Stop taking what Fox news says as gospel and think about the well being of your fellow man, not just the status of your bank account.

      • greatminnesotasportsmind - Sep 9, 2012 at 2:36 AM

        $25 dollars an hour and a proud union member.

    • jrcan13 - Sep 10, 2012 at 12:32 PM

      whats an “assemble” worker?

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