NHLPA updates Canadian Parliament about lockout

Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter

New York, NY, United States (4E Sports) – The NHL Players’ Association has written members of the Canadian Parliament to update them on where the labor impasse stands, according to a union source.

The source said the NHLPA made the action and sent letters written by union director of hockey operations Alexandra Dagg dated Nov. 19 because members of the Parliament are getting questions about the lockout from their constituents.

“They continue to insist that they will not move off their ‘take-it-or-leave it’ approach to bargaining,” Dagg’s letter to lawmakers said.

“The players have proposed that their share of hockey-related revenue move towards the NHL’s stated desire for a 50-50 split, with the only condition being that they honor contracts they have already signed, Honoring contracts signed between owners and players is a reasonable request,” it added.

Dagg emphasized that the union have repeatedly advised the owners that the players are prepared to sit down and negotiate on any day, with no pre-conditions.

“To be clear, the lockout was a unilateral decision taken by the owners. It is the third lockout in eighteen years. Hockey has lost more games to work stoppages than the three other professional sports leagues combined, virtually all as the result of owners’ lockouts,” the letter said.

The letter further explained to lawmakers that the players’ union understands the damage caused by the lockout.

“The players understand the selfishness of the owners’ lockout position all too well. Countless people — from league and team employees, to hockey fans, to small business owners and their workers — are suffering unnecessarily as a result,” the letter stated.

The union also informed lawmakers that the NHLPA has reached out to people affected by the lockout to help them out.

The NHL is expected to respond with a letter of its own to the Canadian Parliament, another source added.

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