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League office employees learn of lockout plans

We interrupt this Sunday of NFL action for an update regarding the plans that the NFL is making for a potential work stoppage.

Jay Glazer of FOX reports that the NFL has for the first time communicated to league-office employees information regarding the ramifications of a potential work stoppage.

The three-phase plan begins in April, with a pay cut for Commissioner Roger Goodell and senior-level employees.  The second phase would come a couple of months later, with “the majority” of league employees taking two unpaid furloughs.  Phase three would involve larger-scale pay cuts and salary freezes.

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello explained the situation in a statement, a copy of which we have received.

“Our employees are aware of both of the strident comments coming from
the NFLPA leadership for more than a year and the union’s current
actions to position itself to decertify and go out of business,” Aiello
said.

“Our employees want to know what we would do if despite our best
good-faith efforts, no agreement is reached. Our primary focus remains
on negotiating a new agreement.”

But here’s the thing.  Decertification, if it happens, wouldn’t make a work stoppage more likely.  Decertification would make a work stoppage less likely, since there would be no union to lock out.

Once again, everyone’s interests would be served if less time were spent posturing about a lockout and more time were spent reaching the agreement that everyone supposedly wants but that no one seems to be interested in trying to negotiate.

UPDATE:  The league has disseminated the above quote broadly, and the Associated Press has obtained a response from the union.  “It’s a shame that the NFL would put even more jobs at stake,” NFLPA spokesman George Atallah said in reference to the league-office employees who would be affected by the three-phase plan.  “Neither the players, nor the employees that would be affected by this across the country, asked for this.”

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8 Responses to “League office employees learn of lockout plans”
  1. KD says: Sep 26, 2010 1:36 PM

    posturing about a locker?

  2. BoltsFan says: Sep 26, 2010 1:44 PM

    This union needs to get slapped down, and HARD. Employees do not dictate to management about how they are to be compensated. Unions are relics now that there are Federal laws to protect employees against unsafe working conditions. Now all they do is engage in what is clearly legalized collusion to bargain for wages. This is one step away from socialism in the workplace, and it needs to be stamped out. I am hoping for a lockout, and/or replacement players to be brought in until the NFLPA has the Golden Rule drilled into its collective consciousness, which is…He who has the gold, makes the rules.

  3. Tdk24 says: Sep 26, 2010 1:55 PM

    I really hope this happens. Their ego is way too big and the game is suffering. I thought the UFL game last night was way more fun to watch.

  4. SlimEagan says: Sep 26, 2010 2:06 PM

    “Once again, everyone’s interests would be served if less time were spent posturing about a locker and more time were spent reaching the agreement that everyone supposedly wants but that no one seems to be interested in trying to negotiate.”
    I don’t see a problem with this. This isn’t posturing, it’s called a contingency plan. The employees need to be able to have time to prepare for this possibility. The Union and media would be all over the NFL if the NFL employees got screwed.

  5. Codebeard says: Sep 26, 2010 2:47 PM

    BoltsFan says:
    September 26, 2010 1:44 PM
    This union needs to get slapped down, and HARD. Employees do not dictate to management about how they are to be compensated. Unions are relics now that there are Federal laws to protect employees against unsafe working conditions. Now all they do is engage in what is clearly legalized collusion to bargain for wages. This is one step away from socialism in the workplace, and it needs to be stamped out. I am hoping for a lockout, and/or replacement players to be brought in until the NFLPA has the Golden Rule drilled into its collective consciousness, which is…He who has the gold, makes the rules.

    The difference between a professional athlete and a normal employee such as you or I is is that the athlete does not make a product or provide a service; they ARE the product. Without the players, there is no NFL. People don’t go to McDonald’s for the fry cook; people don’t take the airlines for the stewardesses; people DO go to football games for the Tom Bradys, Peyton Mannings, Chris Johnsons and Adrian Petersons of the league. Without the players, the owners have no gold to give.

  6. smashmouthd says: Sep 26, 2010 7:48 PM

    Without the Owners there is no NFL, and those athletes won’t be making anything close to what they make now playing in any other football league or doing any other work.
    The Union is being greedy, the deal between the Union and Owners a few years back was the owners didn’t feel they were getting a good deal at all… but the good times were rolling and they wanted to keep them going and see how it worked out… it has worked out poorly, for veteran players included, the ones making the best out of the deal are the Agents milking the rookie process for all it’s worth.
    Things have to change, rookie caps, slightly lower percentage to the players… the offer from the Owners is reasonable and fair… the Union is being idiotic and lead by a showboat concerned more about his paycheck and image than what he accomplishes for the players.

  7. edgy1957 says: Sep 26, 2010 9:30 PM

    BoltsFan says:
    Unions are relics now that there are Federal laws to protect employees against unsafe working conditions.
    *******************
    Tell that to the ones that died this year in mine “accidents’ or the ones who were killed on BP’s rig or the people who are forced into working in unsanitary conditions around this country just so that management can make a buck and in the mean time, the workers and customers are at risk because of their cutting corners.

  8. awdlmd says: Sep 27, 2010 9:05 AM

    The anti-NFLPA sentiment among fans is based on ignorance and idealogical bias. The owners are the ones threatening to screw the fans by stopping play so they can make a power/money grab.

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