Sunday, June 3, 2012

Time Out for NFL Refs

NFL Referees and the National Football League are headed to federal mediation in negotiations over a new labor agreement. Reports are that the NFL has already instructed its scouts to begin preparing for the possibility that replacement officials could be used during the upcoming season if a deal is not struck. Last year, the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (an independent agency whose mission is to preserve and promote labor-management peace and cooperation) mediated negotiations between the league and the players’ union before the lockout. The league and the players did not return to that FMCS mediation, though negotiations resumed when litigation ensued, ultimately producing a 10-year labor agreement completed last summer. A federal court-appointed mediator oversaw settlement talks after players dissolved their union and filed an antitrust case against owners. In this matter, the refs and league are apparently intent on reaching a deal without litigation. See article - and FMCS announcement