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NBA REFEREES PETITION IN ONTARIO TO BE RULED ON TODAY
Published November 10, 1995
"Either the NBA or its referees' union will suffer a significant defeat today," according to Bill Harris of the TORONTO SUN. Both sides made final arguments to the Ontario Labor Relations Board, and the board has been asked to determine if the NBA's lockout of the refs is legal under Ontario labor laws. Board Chair Janice Johnston could give her decision today. Arguments yesterday by the league said the union has "never been recognized in Ontario and therefore the refs have never been employees in this province." Even if the lockout is declared unlawful, it's not known what Johnston "will instruct the two sides to do about it" (Bill Harris, TORONTO SUN, 11/10). The GLOBE & MAIL's Robert MacLeod calls it "uncertain" if Johnston will hand down her ruling today (Toronto GLOBE & MAIL, 11/10).