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NFL says NFLRA charge has “no merit”

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The latest legal battle involving the NFL has been joined.

The NFL Referees Association claims that the league committed a violation of the National Labor Relations Act by providing inaccurate and false information in letters sent to individual game officials after the NFL launched a lockout.

The NFL has responded.  “There is no merit to these claims,” NFL spokesman Greg Aiello via email to PFT.  “It is common for employers during collective bargaining to provide factual information to employees that has already been communicated to the union.  That is all that was done here.”

The letters that allegedly cross the line have yet to be produced.  The fact that the NFLRA didn’t attach the letters to their press release or to the copy of the unfair labor practice charge makes us wonder whether the NFLRA is concerned about whether the letters support the contentions as clearly as the union claims.

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17 Responses to “NFL says NFLRA charge has “no merit””
  1. eastsideballa says: Jun 21, 2012 3:02 PM

    The next lawsuit: “NFL sues referees for suing NFL and replacement referees sue referees for suing NFL for suing referees.”

  2. longdrivesaint says: Jun 21, 2012 3:09 PM

    Hey Greg Aiello, sounds like you need to start paying attention to your words. Factual??? The NFL office starting with the waste of space goodell all the way down to the investigators and paper shredders pulling all nighters need to start coming clean on things. Untrustworthy, above the law, and stupid is no way to go through life.

  3. saints25 says: Jun 21, 2012 3:18 PM

    How an why would people think when someone brings charges NFL Mob they always say charge has “no merit”? I’m telling you The NFL owners shouldve never hired this a**clown,The NFL lawyers are always abusing their powers,to where they cant be touched…That BS meeting with “DICK” yesterday was a joke..You do know thats goodell little buddy.

  4. randolph32 says: Jun 21, 2012 3:34 PM

    Ah yes, roll the Saints fans rebuttals and turn the thread into a humorous read….

  5. jason1980 says: Jun 21, 2012 3:35 PM

    Roger, you’re clicking on all cylinders dude! I maybe wrong, but the owners can’t in a million years find this farce in NFL to be pleasant. I can’t think of any large company in the US whose CEO is under this kind of assault would be an asset. It’s time for Goddell to go, he has failed miserably.

    Goddell*

  6. broncobrewer says: Jun 21, 2012 3:48 PM

    So the players and the refs are fighting the NFL. Sounds to me like the commish is doing a great job. I wonder if the owners are ready to can him yet. I think Benson, Jones and Snyder will be the first ones to vote him gone.

  7. pacmantriggerman says: Jun 21, 2012 4:12 PM

    Roger Goodell is squeezing every dollars into the concussion lawsuit settlement.

  8. walleyejon says: Jun 21, 2012 4:15 PM

    Get Out!!! Someone in an argument involving the NFL is claiming the allegations from the other side have “no merit”? I’m starting to wish I liked futbol.

  9. purplegreenandgold says: Jun 21, 2012 4:30 PM

    “…The NFL Referees Association claims that the league committed a violation of the National Labor Relations Act by providing inaccurate and false information…”
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    WOW!!! thats a first but do not worry NFLRA info will be leaked around 4pm friday why the info is not inaccurate…

  10. reporterofthetruth says: Jun 21, 2012 4:52 PM

    “I said it doesn’t…so it doesn’t”

    Roger

  11. kodakinvegas says: Jun 21, 2012 4:52 PM

    If it were me, id go air traffic controller in em all and replace everyone for half the price. I read a couple weeks ago what these guys make and it’s absurd. There’s a lot of people that would jump on those jobs and be FULL Time, happily. Maybe get some younger guys that can keep up with plays, intensity and can see. I’m thinking it’s like 70k a season to start.
    For a 3 1/2 hr work day and the rest of your 40 hours studying and traveling on the NFL. $$$$. Heck yea, I’d take that job. Get the calls right too. Pick up an extra 5-10 per game for a few extra flags along the way. Haha. That’s a joke of course. Now some smat butt can pop off. I already know it’s coming. Sic

  12. skolvikesskol says: Jun 21, 2012 5:33 PM

    Air traffic controllers – yes some do abuse the system, but they usually get reprimanded and it goes on the record and then they cant move or on or anything… Otherwise it is a highly stressful job, that has tons of bureaucracy and the gov’t pretty much owns them until they get some seniority to have a better work life balance. It also doesn’t attract the greatest ‘people people’ either, so its not a very fun or rewarding job other than the FAT paycheck… And btw they start at $100k.

  13. mjkelly77 says: Jun 21, 2012 6:30 PM

    Don’t mess with the Commissioner.

  14. mjkelly77 says: Jun 21, 2012 6:34 PM

    Goodell has done great by the owners and the game itself. Everything he’s done is strategic in thought and long-term in action. He’s saving the NFL and professional football. There are too many people here who don’t realize that the NFL and the game itself is under assault and Goodell is extricating the game from the trash bin.

  15. jimbo75025 says: Jun 21, 2012 7:23 PM

    skolvikesskol says:Jun 21, 2012 5:33 PM

    Air traffic controllers – yes some do abuse the system, but they usually get reprimanded and it goes on the record and then they cant move or on or anything…
    ————

    I believe the OP was referring to Reagans getting a bit peeved at the air traffic controllers when they went on strike and firing them all and replacing them as an analogy to the NFL situation-not the difficulties of being an ATC.

  16. fballguy says: Jun 21, 2012 8:12 PM

    The NFL has it’s own Rifle Association? Who’s the president? Plax?

  17. jaltreality says: Jun 21, 2012 8:33 PM

    So, that’s the referees, players union, individual players and coaches, all in one off-season?

    How is the NFL still winning the PR game?

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