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Report: NHL wins first skirmish against union in Quebec labor fight

Sep 14, 2012, 7:42 PM EDT

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The Montreal Canadiens might be locked out along with the rest of the players when the current CBA expires on Saturday.

The NHLPA asked the Quebec Labor Relations Board to deem an NHL lockout illegal. However, the board decided against the NHLPA requested interim order to prevent the owners from locking out the Canadiens, reported Brenda Branswell of the Montreal Gazette.

The union’s argument is that Quebec employers can’t lock out employees unless they belong to a certified union. The NHLPA isn’t a certified union in Quebec.

The board feels that the NHLPA brought up some significant issues, but they will defer judgement for now. A full hearing will take place in the coming weeks, according RDS’ Renaud P Lavoie.

The union has also been trying to block the lockout in the province of Alberta. TSN’s Aaron Ward is reporting that the Alberta Labour Relations Board hearing has been scheduled for Sept. 21.

  1. ludacrish05 - Sep 14, 2012 at 8:14 PM

    I don’t understand why this wasn’t settled before going to crunch time and now everyone loses

    • freneticgarfieldfan - Sep 15, 2012 at 4:53 AM

      The NHLPA thought they were smarter and would have the surprise element on their side when binging up this topic shortly before the lockout.

  2. blomfeld - Sep 15, 2012 at 2:01 AM


    Fehr and his agents of dissent would be well advised to know that at this point, this lame and “weak” French rearguard action,will do little to avert that which he has now brought upon himself … I don’t like Bettman or the owners one bit, but even less do I like “self” anointed parasites …

  3. jimw81 - Sep 15, 2012 at 3:18 AM

    I don’t understand why they didn’t file compliant in USA. They would of have a stronger case.

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