|Refs File Suit vs NFL|
by TSX of Scout.com, June 21, 2012 at 8:46 pm ET
Roger Goodell Profile
Referees file unfair labor charges against NFL
The NFL Referees Association has filed charges with the National Labor
Relations Board claiming the NFL has engaged in unfair labor practices,
the Sports Network reported Thursday.
Negotiations on a new collective bargaining agreement broke down
earlier this month, and the NFL announced it would begin hiring and
training replacement officials.
"It is clear the league never intended to work toward a fair agreement,
even through mediation," NFLRA executive director Mike Arnold said in a
press release. "As previously noted, the NFL sent out notices regarding
the recruitment of replacement referees while we were actively
negotiating under the auspicious [sic] of a jointly agreed upon Federal
Mediator. Now during a lockout, the NFL is attempting to bypass NFLRA
negotiators by distributing inaccurate and misleading financial
information to all the referees. We have urged the Board to investigate
this matter quickly and to seek appropriate remedies against the NFL's
unlawful bargaining practices.