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Lockout headed to federal mediation

Posted By On November 26, 2012 @ 4:56 pm In Hockey,New York Rangers,NHL | 132 Comments

… but don’t confuse this with binding arbitration. The mediators can help the process, but nobody has to agree to anything they suggest.

From the NHLPA:


TORONTO (November 26, 2012) – Don Fehr, National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) Executive Director, released the following statement today:

“The NHLPA has agreed to the addition of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS) to our ongoing negotiations. We look forward to their involvement as we continue working to reach an equitable agreement for both the players and the owners.”

From the FMCS:

Statement by FMCS Director George H. Cohen on NHL Labor Talks

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service Director George H.

Cohen issued the following statement today on the ongoing labor negotiations between the

National Hockey League and the National Hockey League Players’ Association:

“I have had separate, informal discussions with the key representatives of the National Hockey

League and the National Hockey League Players’ Association during the course of their

negotiations for a successor collective bargaining agreement. At the invitation of the FMCS, and

with the agreement of both parties, the ongoing negotiations will now be conducted under our

auspices. I have assigned Deputy Director Scot L. Beckenbaugh, Director of Mediation Services

John Sweeney, and Commissioner Guy Serota to serve as the mediators.”

“Due to the extreme sensitivity of these negotiations and consistent with the FMCS’s longstanding

practice, the Agency will refrain from any public comment concerning the future

schedule and/or the status of the negotiations until further notice.”


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