NHL Lockout: How Federal Mediation Will Impact CBA Talks Between League, Players

November 26th, 2012 by Nicholas Goss Leave a reply »
The NHL lockout will now include federal mediation, and mediators could be part of official bargaining sessions this week, according to Nick Kypreos of Sportsnet:

#NHL said yes to #NHLPA request to have Federal mediator involved in #CBA talks. Mediator expected to be in next meeting believed to be Wed

— Nick Kypreos (@RealKyper) November 26, 2012 Here are some comments from Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service Director George H. Cohen from a press release on Monday:

I have had separate, informal discussions with the key representatives of the National Hockey League and the National Hockey League Players’ Association during the course of their negotiations for a successor collective bargaining agreement. At the invitation of the FMCS, and with the agreement of both parties, the ongoing negotiations will now be conducted under our auspices. I have assigned Deputy Director Scot L. Beckenbaugh, Director of Mediation Services John Sweeney, and Commissioner Guy Serota to serve as the mediators.

As Steve Zipay of Newsday points put, Cohen has experience dealing with labor disputes involving major sports leagues:
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