NHLPA Statement about the Quebec Labor situation

Lawyers Michael Cohen and Rob DeGregory and NHLPA director of operarions Alex Dagg arrive at the Quebec Labour Relations Board Friday.
Lawyers Michael Cohen and Rob DeGregory and NHLPA director of operarions Alex Dagg arrive at the Quebec Labour Relations Board Friday. Photo courtesy of CBC

The following article is from the CBC, concerning the Quebec Labor situation.

The NHL lockout expected to begin tomorrow can go ahead in Quebec, the province’s labour board has ruled.

The NHL players association and 16 Montreal Canadiens players had filed an application for an injunction to stop the looming lockout, at least in Quebec.

The players argued in a hearing before the board Friday that a lockout would violate the province’s labour laws because the players association is not an accredited union in Quebec.

The labour board refused the request for an injunction in a ruling issued Friday night. It said because of the urgency of the matter, it was giving no reasons for its decision for now but will publish them later.

A full hearing into whether the lockout is legal in Quebec will still proceed. That will likely happen in the next few weeks.

If the lockout begins, as is widely anticipated, it will be the league’s fourth work stoppage since 1992 and first since the 2004-05 season was wiped out.

The NHL’s board of governors voted unanimously Thursday to lock out the players if no agreement is reached by the time the current collective agreement expires at midnight Saturday.

The following is the response from the NHLPA.

NHLPA Statement

The #NHLPA statement regarding the Quebec Labor Board’s ruling:

“We are pleased with the ruling that the Commission released tonight. While the Commission denied the players’ request for emergency relief, it also rejected the NHL’s request to dismiss the case.  The ruling acknowledges that the players have raised issues about the legality of the NHL’s planned lockout that require a full hearing on the merits.
We remain confident that the lockout is prohibited by the Quebec Labour Code and look forward to presenting our case to the Commission in the near future. Should the NHL carry out its threat to lock out the players in Quebec, it will do so at its own risk.”

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