MIKE TOTH

Junior hockey union is offside

Posted By: Mike Toth · 7/9/2014 8:31:00 AM

Here we go again.
 
There's another attempt being made to unionize Canadian junior hockey players, including the young athletes who lace up the skates in the Ontario Hockey League. Unifor is Canada's biggest private sector union, representing employees ranging from auto workers to newspaper writers, and the organization is now trying to convince junior hockey players to punch their union cards. A similar plan was launched two years ago before fizzling out, but Unifor is holding a meeting in Montreal this week in hopes of taking another stab at it.
 
South of the border there's also a move afoot to unionize U.S. college athletes, with a recent federal ruling declaring athletes at Northwestern University have the right to unionize; a ruling a group of college presidents is now appealing.
 
I've never been a big fan of unions. I was part of one early in my broadcast career and from what I observed the union ...

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