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Union Or Not, NFLPA Still Could Face Sanction From NLRB

Publication Date: 
March 16, 2011
USA Today
Jarrett Bell

Professor William B. Gould provided his predictions on the National Labor Relations Board's ruling on the labor practices of the NFL. USA Today's Jarett Bell reports:

Decertified or not, the NFL Players Association might still be subject to action by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), stemming from an unfair labor practices charge by the NFL.

As the NFLPA disclaimed its interest as a collective bargaining agent when labor talks collapsed Friday, effectively becoming a trade association, the NFL amended its previous charge by filing with the NLRB's Region 2 office in New York.


Even so, Stanford law professor William Gould, former chairman of the NLRB, sees the NFL's chances of winning a favorable ruling from the NLRB as a long shot.

"That's going to be hard to do," Gould, who was nominated by President Clinton and led the NLRB when it went to court to help settle a strike that threatened to cancel Major League Baseball's 1995 season, told USA TODAY.

"This board is perceived to be more pro-union than my board was ever perceived to be."