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Pats vote unanimously to recertify union

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Last year, we posted a stream of stories regarding the decisions of the players from the various teams to authorize in advance the decertification of the NFLPA.

Fasten your seat belts for a stream of stories on the decisions of the players from the various teams to recertify.

We’ll wake you when it’s over.

Actually, we probably won’t post all of them.  But we’ll post the first one.

Ron Borges of the Boston Herald reports that the Patriots unanimously have voted to recertify the union.

The vote came after a 90-minute meeting between NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith and the players, during which Smith explained the importance of being unionized.

The most important point?  Without a union, the NFL is exposed to antitrust litigation attacking the draft and the rookie wage scale.  Which would take away money from the veteran players.

Which helps explain why the vote was unanimous.

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15 Responses to “Pats vote unanimously to recertify union”
  1. imag3d says: Jul 27, 2011 3:27 PM

    Wow, what a surprise… Next sun will come up tomorrow morning.

  2. benh999 says: Jul 27, 2011 3:27 PM

    Ah, the legacy of labor unions — punish the younger and more talented in order to protect and reward the masses.

    At least it is a “good thing” for one industry (professional sports).

  3. BernardPollardIsAnAss says: Jul 27, 2011 3:27 PM

    I am trying to think hard here, but I can’t figure out exactly how the other NFL “fans” will hate the Patriots for this post. I guess I’ll just have to be surprised. I am sure they can come up with something…. lame, as usual.

  4. bennyblanco99 says: Jul 27, 2011 3:29 PM

    And like Jay-Z says… “On to the Next One!!”

  5. mrcosio says: Jul 27, 2011 3:41 PM

    Funny, I remember DeMaurice Smith saying he wasn’t interested in reforming the union….now suddenly he’s advocating reforming the union?

  6. fwippel says: Jul 27, 2011 3:41 PM

    And who said de-certification wasn’t a sham designed to do an end-around on the lockout?

    Trade association, huh? LOL!

  7. rpiotr01 says: Jul 27, 2011 3:43 PM

    “The vote came after a 90-minute meeting between NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith and the players, during which Smith explained the importance of being unionized.

    The most important point? Without a union, the NFL is exposed to antitrust litigation attacking the draft and the rookie wage scale. ”

    Wrong. The most important point is: if they don’t agree to recertify as a union then the deal is off and you clowns will start missing paychecks. Further, the owners have promised to personally burn down each and every one of the players’ homes.

  8. descendency says: Jul 27, 2011 3:47 PM

    Bill Belichick won’t be happy about this leaking to the media.

    /s

  9. gtmann says: Jul 27, 2011 3:52 PM

    Do the guys not under contract {free agents} count as active players and do they have a vote ?

  10. clintonportisheadd says: Jul 27, 2011 3:56 PM

    benh999 says: Jul 27, 2011 3:27 PM

    Ah, the legacy of labor unions — punish the younger and more talented in order to protect and reward the masses.

    ————————-

    The actual legacy of labor unions was the creation of a middle class, the end of child labor, safe(r) working conditions, and respect for the folks that choose careers (cops, firemen, teachers etc) that make our society a stronger one.

    It’s no coincidence that the vanishing middle class in the USA (as defined by the US Bureau of Labor) mirrors the loss of union jobs. Its no coincidence that the gap between the richest and poorest Americans (per the same US government statistics) is at it’s greatest point since the era of the robber barons like the Vanderbilts and Whitneys due to this same loss of union jobs.

    I would suggest benh999 keep his comments related to quarterback ratings or rushing statistics (something I assume he may have some accurate knowledge about) as his grasp of labor unions is on a par with Donovan McNabbs ability to grasp Shanahan’s offense.

  11. chizzle20 says: Jul 27, 2011 3:58 PM

    How nice of them. Just make sure they didn’t cheat on the votes…Votegate!

  12. benh999 says: Jul 27, 2011 4:07 PM

    clintonportisheadd,
    I will agree with you up to a point. Although there is a growing disparity between the classes, standards of living for all classes has increased dramatically in the past hundred years so that the “have-nots” have more than the “haves” did in the past. You are also ignoring that many of the former middle class and poor have ascended into the upper class.

    If you want to make correlations with labor unions, why not make them with the profitability of companies that utilize union labor? If you want to claim the middle class is shrinking because of labor unions disappearing, it is safe to say the middle class labor union members shot themselves in the foot by driving their employers into the ground.

  13. capslockkey says: Jul 27, 2011 4:11 PM

    Will the Raiders unanimously abstain?

  14. angrycorgi says: Jul 27, 2011 4:12 PM

    Sham-wow!

  15. CKL says: Jul 27, 2011 4:34 PM

    descendency says:
    Jul 27, 2011 3:47 PM
    Bill Belichick won’t be happy about this leaking to the media.
    ___________________________________
    Which is exactly why Ron “Pats fans wouldn’t believe him if he said water is wet” Borges reported it.

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