Posts Tagged ‘NFL’
Thursday, September 27th, 2012
Unions don’t win many fights against bullying employers these days. Chicago teachers won but will now have 30% of their evaluation based on student test scores. Caterpillar machinists (IAM) strikers conceded everything to end their strike. 45,000 CWA & IBEW Verizon workers preserved their collective bargaining rights just last week.
The 121-member NFL Referees Association, thanks to ineptitude shown by non-union replacements, won a new 8-yr contract with the National Football League. The league locked out the refs. Technically, it was not a strike. The NFL insisted that referees give up their fixed pension plan and convert to 401K (gambling with retirement funds by investing in Wall Street, risking losses like many Americans experienced in the 2008 financial meltdown). The current refs are “grandfathered in” (though the newest professional ref is a woman) to retain their pensions. Newcomers won’t be so lucky.
Tuesday, September 25th, 2012
UPDATED Sept. 27
Insiders — NFL players, game commentators and coaches — join fans — the market — calling for a return to regulation. All want the professional unionized referees to return. Non-union replacements, like shaky substitute teachers, are threatening the quality of the “product.” The rules are complex and the speed of the violent game combine to confuse the newbies. And large-body hulks, the players, can easily bully the know-little refs into doing things they shouldn’t. The NFL Commissioner works for the team owners who locked out the veteran referees because of salary increase demands. But the Monday night game finale between Seattle and Green Bay may compel a solution to the problems caused by the owners’ lockout of the regular referees.