Alberta labour board rejects NHLPA claim
An application from NHL players is rejected by the Alberta Labour relations Board.
Published Wednesday, October 10, 2012 6:03PM MDT
Last Updated Wednesday, October 10, 2012 6:40PM MDT
The Alberta Labour Relations Board has ruled against an application from locked out Alberta hockey players asking it to intervene in the NHL labour dispute.
Players from the Calgary Flames and Edmonton Oilers brought the case to the board in September alleging that the lockout is illegal in Alberta.
The NHLPA claimed that the Oilers and Flames are Alberta businesses and as such must abide by provincial labour rules.
The player’s association asked for an order requiring the hockey clubs to open training camp on a business as usual basis.
NHL lawyers argued that the application should be dismissed as the league needs to operate under one set of labour laws to function and that intervention would undermine the league-wide collective bargaining relationship.
The Alberta Labour Relations Board agreed and dismissed the NHLPA’s application in its entirety.
In September the labour board in Quebec also sided with the NHL.
To read the decision, visit the Alberta Labour Relation Board website.