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What You See Is What You Get With Donald Fehr

from Jeff Z. Klein of the New York Times,

Last week was a dismal one for Donald Fehr and the N.H.L. Players’ Association, and not just because the owners flatly rejected the union’s offer to settle the N.H.L. lockout. For the first time since negotiations began last summer, public opinion seemed to have shifted: many fans, who had been blaming Commissioner Gary Bettman and the owners for the impasse, started to blame Fehr and the players.

Yet none of that is likely to sway Fehr, perhaps North America’s most effective union leader over the past three decades. He has drawn fans’ wrath before, but his accomplishments are enormous. As head of the Major League Baseball Players Association from 1983 to 2009, Fehr thwarted efforts to impose a salary cap and kept players’ salaries high. In three years with the N.H.L. Players’ Association, he repaired a hopelessly fractured union and readied it for confrontation with the owners.

Players understand that this is something in which they all have to hang together,” Fehr said. “You can paraphrase Benjamin Franklin: if we don’t hang together, we’re going to hang separately.”

Fehr is something of an anachronism: an ardent trade unionist in an era when the power of unions outside of sports is shrinking.


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NIVO's avatar

I have to say i was actually shocked when the NHL released the info to the public. As both sides had continually preached about NOT negotiating in public or using those tactics. I thought it was a bit of desperation on their part, maybe it was a P.R. move, but it didn’t really help at all. I sure did like the idea Elliott Friedman from over at CBC had about addressing a deal in which the players categorize into 2 tiers. Basically new contracts go to the new C.B.A., and the current get grandfathered. And with only 60% of the league being grandfathered, it costs less than 100% at the new C.B.A.. But with the NHL not wanting to honor face value of current contracts, it proves that the 50-50 deal is only on the surface. I am not leaning toward either side anymore. I remain neutral as I only want hockey back. Plain and simple: please just give us our beloved hockey back.

Posted by NIVO from underpants gnome village on 10/22/12 at 02:10 AM ET


i think thats where everything went sour in fehr mind. Fehr doesnt like to negotiate in public and probably doesn’t trust them. It ever happened in baseball. everything was done behind the scenes or schedule press meetings.

Posted by FlyersFan on 10/22/12 at 02:36 PM ET

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