Philadelphia Union President Bob Paisley says he wants to make sure that the union is able to be a voice for the players, but he’s concerned that the trade agreement is a “one-sided agreement” that does not take into account union members.
The trade agreement will not take care of players like the players would like it to, Paisleys warning that it would not allow for any kind of collective bargaining.
It will make it difficult to keep the players happy, but we will not give up on our players, Paissley said in an interview with the Associated Press on Friday.
“If we can’t negotiate with the players and win a fair deal with the NHL, it’s going to be one-sided, it will be a one-way street,” Paissey said.
“That’s the reality.
We need to have a real conversation about this.”
Paisley said he spoke with NHL commissioner Gary Bettman about the trade and “they are both of the opinion that the agreement is not fair for our players.”
He said that Bettman told him that “players don’t want to pay union dues, they want a fair, transparent, non-political process.”
“We will not accept that,” Paisses said.
“I am disappointed with the way the commissioner has treated the players.
I think the league needs to have this conversation.”
In a letter to Bettman earlier this month, the NHL Players’ Association said that the deal, which is being negotiated between the NHL and the NHLPA, is a one sided deal that does “not provide enough protections for players.”
The deal would give the NHL a “fair” share of revenues and would allow the NHL to collect dues from all players in the United States, regardless of whether they are members of the NHL.
The players want to be included in the discussions about collective bargaining, which Bettman has said he will not allow to happen.
Bettman has also repeatedly said that he wants the NHL’s owners to meet in the fall and agree to a “mutual-recognition agreement” to make collective bargaining easier.
But PaisLEY said that will not happen, that it “would be a complete reversal” of Bettmans position.
He said he has spoken to Bettmans chief negotiator, Scott Boras, and that he is “disappointed” in the commissioner’s position.
Boras did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment.
“The way the league is treating its players is unconscionable,” Paishley said.
“We’re going to fight this for the next 15 years and I’m not going to let the union be put out of its misery.”
The union has been fighting for a deal since 1999, when the union won a five-year contract with the league.
Paishley and Bettman are among the most powerful figures in the league and are responsible for negotiating a number of major league sports deals including the new collective bargaining agreement with the NBA and the NFL.
As commissioner, Bettman will be in charge of negotiating any potential new deals.
He is not directly involved in the talks between the two sides, and the union does not represent the players directly in the negotiations.
The NHL is in talks with the National Hockey League Players’ union to include players in a new contract that would include an agreement to extend the league’s collective bargaining rights and give them a voice in the bargaining process.