NFL can impose pandemic protocols, NFLPA can challenge via grievance

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The NFL and NFL Players Association currently are negotiating the various rules for football in a pandemic, but not because the pandemic gives rise to a duty to bargain.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the NFL has full authority to implement any and all rules that the league deems to be appropriate for the 2020 season, given the ongoing spread of the coronavirus. The NFLPA would then have the ability to file an immediate grievance on the question of whether the league is providing a reasonably safe workplace.

If, for example, the league were to proceed with no testing at all, the players would have a good case for a finding that the league has failed to not provide a safe workplace.

A wildcat strike will not happen. Per the source, the NFLPA won’t be walking out, because doing so could trigger the ability by the league to pull the plug on the entire CBA. Given the event of the past four months, the league likely would rush to scrap the current labor deal.

The primary goal of the ongoing talks is to avoid a grievance. The league also needs to have the players buy in to the rules, and to commit to doing everything possible to stay safe. The players, if they choose not to be conscientious at work or at home, could cause the entire system to collapse. They need to believe in the rules and to be motivated to do everything required to keep everyone safe.

That’s likely the biggest reason why the league is working with the union. The league needs not only the NFLPA but its entire rank and file to commit to behavior that will avoid bringing the virus to the workplace and potentially causing the kind of outbreak that will shut the season down, possibly before it even starts.

9 responses to “NFL can impose pandemic protocols, NFLPA can challenge via grievance

  1. Players don’t need to show-up to work. Just let them collect unemployment checks of $600 per week for 4 months instead of game checks.

  2. Well if Devin White is an example of the players buying in, the plan is doomed. To many of the young players are YOLO types who don’t really care who they might infect.

  3. It’s just hard to trust the entire season with the dumbest football player. It doesn’t take 50 idiots going nuts in bars and strip clubs. It only takes one.
    And that one, that Rudy Gobert of football, will bring it all down.
    As will the dumbest hockey player, the dumbest baseball player and the dumbest basketball player.
    When you’re rich and you’ve never been told “no” in your entire life…

  4. Get everyone back to work that is willing to work. Even NFL football players. If you want to stay at home then stay at home, you will be gently weeded out. NFL football players can be replaced

  5. Here is what I think might shut down the season,a hypothetical, but possible scenario. Young people love to go to parties and go to bars etc. which are a perfect spreading mechanism for the virus. Unless the NFL wants to put all of their players in a bubble in an isolated area for six months, they will interact with the general public.

    What happens the first time that a person in the general public interacts with an NFL player who infects them with COVID19? Can they sue they NFL since the player is an NFL employee and the NFL had a work place that allowed the player to get the virus? If they did sue them, would the NFL continue to play and risk a massive and potentially very expensive class action lawsuit if hundreds or thousands of people get infected directly or indirectly by an NFL player or two?

    I’m not a lawyer, but I think the question needs to be asked.

  6. The league needs not only the NFLPA but its entire rank and file to commit to behavior that will avoid bringing the virus to the workplace and potentially causing the kind of outbreak that will shut the season down, possibly before it even starts.
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    Good luck with that. Some of these guys have a hard time complying with actual laws and people think they will ALL strictly abide by “guidelines?”

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