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Volume 24 No. 159
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NBPA Today Files Unfair Labor Practices Charge Against NBA

The NBPA today filed an unfair labor practices charge against the NBA, alleging among other things that the league was dealing directly with players and bypassing the union, as well as failing and refusing to provide relevant financial information requested by the union to understand its financial demands. "We have urged the Board to investigate this matter quickly and to seek an injunction against the NBA's unlawful bargaining practices and its unlawful lockout threat," the NBPA said in a statement. The NBA CBA expires on June 30. NBA officials did not immediately respond for comment.

The charge, filed in the NLRB's N.Y. office, also alleges that the NBA violated the National Labor Relations Act by "making harsh, inflexible, and grossly regressive 'takeaway' demands that the NBA knows are not acceptable to the Union and not supported by objective or reasonable factors or balanced by appropriate trade-offs." 

The charge also alleges that prior to and during the last six months, the NBA has been "repeatedly threatening to lock out Union-represented employees upon contract expiration regardless of negotiation status, without fear of a strike, based on a pretextual claim of financial weakness, and despite the foregoing bad-faith bargaining."

The NBPA alleges the NBA has been making threats and demands that "are inherently destructive to the collective bargaining process and to employee rights, and that reflect the NBA’s hostility to that process and those rights and are intended to signal to Union-represented employees that back-and forth bargaining is futile."