Lockout and labor-management partnerships


APA format http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q6L4EBvt7PEhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RCW0VsfR9FMhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EEIf0vpQFycWe often hear about employees going on strike to get what they want. We hear less about a tool that management uses known as a lockout that was discussed in Chapter Eight. We will be looking the third straight lockout in the National Hockey League (fourth in the last 21 years), the 2012 NHL lockout, and the lasting damage that it may cause. This tool will become more real to you as you watch the two NHL videos and read the short Boston Globe article. Your assignment is to read the article and watch the videos on this topic; then, thoroughly and thoughtfully answer the following questions based on this material and last week’s readings in your text:1. Discuss who you believe if correct in this battle.  Do you support the player or the owners in these negotiations?  Support your decision based in information from the videos. 2. Do you believe that video made by the NHL Players Association is an effective tactic?3. Do you really believe that lockouts such as these cause lasting damage? Support your answer. How is this different from 2004-2005 (see the videos and article)? Part 2Full-fledged labor-management partnerships are rare.  Why?  In you answer, do not blame only labor unions.  In other words, be sure to identify reasons why a variety of stakeholders (shareholders, managers, employees and union leaders) might resist the formation of labor-management partnerships.While not sharing a concern for psychological motivators and rewards, Fredrick Winslows Taylors views illustrate the human resource management school’s perspective on employment relationship conflict and labor unions.  Explain.

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The NHL lockout’s lasting damage – Magazine – The Boston Globe
2/22/13 3:57 PM
The NHL lockout’s lasting damage
Maybe fans will return, maybe they won’t. Either way, hockey
hurt its future.
By Shira Springer |
JANUARY 27, 2013
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“IT’S A GO!!” TWEETED MONTREAL CANADIENS defenseman Josh Gorges to
his more than 23,000 followers. No, he wasn’t referring to the end of the NHL lockout
on January 12, but rather to a pickup game he’d organized with his spare time during
it. On December 26, the 103d day of the lockout, dozens of skaters responded, showing
up at a neighborhood rink in Montreal. Getting to share the ice with a pro player was a
dream for fans, while Gorges’s work making the game happen was a sign of his respect
for them. Now if only the rest of the National Hockey League acted the same way.
Since hockey has returned, there’s been lots of talk about putting hard feelings aside
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and doing right by fans, starting with a full-page apology the NHL took out in major
newspapers (including this one) a couple of weeks ago. But the kinds of perks being
offered here and elsewhere!—!free concessions, open practices, pro shop discounts!—!
strike me as short-term, pandering solutions to a bigger, long-term problem.
This time around, people noticed that the NHL and players’ union wasted time
dragging their feet, seeming to believe they could count on fans to return whenever
they wrapped up negotiations. Emphasis on “whenever.”
But fans will take only so much abuse. “I think it’s pretty insulting for the fans that
[the league is] in a lockout based on how to spend our money,” one told reporters at
Gorges’s pickup game. A couple of weeks earlier, a survey of Canadians!—!the most
hockey mad population on earth!—!found that 58 percent “did not care” whether
players and owners reached an agreement. If those are the numbers up north, imagine
what they are in Phoenix or Dallas!—!two cities that struggled to fill arenas last year.
Imagine what they’re like in Boston, which isn’t the hockey town it once was.
In the 1970s, the Bruins sat at the top of the local sports hierarchy. Visions of Bobby
Orr and the Stanley Cup sparked children’s imaginations and prompted rink building
on an unprecedented scale. But then the 1980s and Larry Bird brought basketball to
the fore, followed by the historic success of the Red Sox and the Patriots. Meanwhile,
the Bruins receded into a 39-year championship drought.
Even in cities with winning teams!—!even here, after the Bruins won another Stanley
Cup in 2011!—!the NHL is fighting for fans. The lockout made that fight much tougher.
Still, as Globe hockey columnist Kevin Paul Dupont wrote, NHL fans “have always
acted as the enablers in the lockout dynamic.” After the league returned from the
canceled 2004-05 season, attendance increased for 25 of 30 teams, including the
Bruins. The NHL set records for total attendance (20,854,169) and average game
attendance (16,955). Those numbers are very good!—!by hockey standards.
In 2005, after a 310-day work stoppage, the longest for any pro sport, NHL
commissioner Gary Bettman talked about a league-player partnership that would
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“take our great game to spectacular heights.” This time, Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs,
chairman of the NHL Board of Governors, voiced optimism, predicting “growth” and
an “extremely bright” future for the sport.
Seriously? Even news of the lockout’s resolution was overshadowed by college football
and the start of the NFL playoffs.
The diehard hockey fans seem to be returning, but there wasn’t a huge risk of losing
them anyway. The real challenge will be finding ways to expand hockey’s audience!—!
hard to do when your sport has a habit of disappearing.
The cost of the lockout won’t become clear this season, with the NHL on its best
behavior, but it will in time: Pro hockey has cemented its standing as a second-tier
sport. A niche enterprise. As far as most Americans are concerned, it might as well be
Up to $1 million
Estimated revenue businesses lost on each canceled Bruins game
Shira Springer is a Globe sports writer. E-mail her at springer@globe.com.
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