NBA Players file NLRB Complaint Against the NBA

Posted: May 24, 2011 in Robert J. Romano

The National Basketball Association’s Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) expires on June 30, 2011.  So, not to be outdone by the NFL, the NBA Players’ Association filed an unfair labor practices complaint against the NBA alleging the league has attempted to bypass the union and has dealt directly with players, and that the NBA has refused to provide financial information to the NBPA as requested.

“We have urged the Board to investigate this matter quickly and to seek an injunction against the NBA’s unlawful bargaining practices and its unlawful lockout threat,” the NBPA said in a statement.

The NBPA further alleges that the NBA violated the National Labor Relations Act by “making harsh, inflexible, and grossly regressive ‘takeaway’ demands that the NBA knows are not acceptable to the Union and not supported by objective or reasonable factors or balanced by appropriate trade-offs.” And they have “repeatedly threatening to lock out Union-represented employees upon contract expiration regardless of negotiation status, without fear of a strike, based on a pretextual claim of financial weakness, and despite the foregoing bad-faith bargaining.”

The NBPA claims that the NBA’s practices “are inherently destructive to the collective bargaining process and to employee rights, and that reflect the NBA’s hostility to that process and those rights and are intended to signal to Union-represented employees that back-and forth bargaining is futile.”

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