NHL Lockout: What Must Happen for NHLPA to Decertify

November 27th, 2012 by Nicholas Goss Leave a reply »
Decertification is usually a last resort for player unions in their lockout battles with league owners, but for the NHLPA, they might not have a choice in the near future if federal mediation cannot help the NHL and its players negotiate a new CBA.

With federal mediators being brought into CBA talks this week, there is some hope that progress can be made.

If mediation fails and the NHL continues to maintain its current position on the important labor issues, the NHLPA should decertify.

Negotiations can continue while any decertification process is ongoing, but if the NHLPA doesn't believe that the league will ever budge on its demands, why continue to negotiate?

At that point, the union won't have many options left in its attempt to reach a CBA that is more beneficial than the previous one.

By waiting until the final days before the season is going to be canceled, the union would be hoping that the owners' resolve would weaken. But what if they didn't and the players had to cave more? Then the NHLPA would be in a tough situation.

The NHL should be scared of the NHLPA decertifying because it's unlikely tha ...

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