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When it's NFL referees locked out, there are bad calls making headlines and fans screaming every weekend. When it's NHL players locked out, there's just ... no hockey. You notice if you're a hockey fan, but otherwise not so much. But hockey fans are noticing. After already losing their preseason, the NHL has canceled two weeks of the regular season.

Remember that this is a straight-up money grab by owners, whose real problem is with each other but who think it's easier to go after the players.

Programming note:

Sorry the digest is late today. As you may have noticed, there was a debate last night, during which an awful lot of lies were told. It felt important to focus on those for a bit since the guy telling them wants to make every story here get that much worse.

A fair day's wage

  • Time for a burrito! Chipotle signed an agreement with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers to improve wages and working conditions for workers at Florida tomato farms.
  • A nifty win from the National Union of Healthcare Workers:
    The NLRB’s ruling affirms that employers must craft clear off-duty worksite access policies and apply them fairly and consistently instead of leaving them so vague as to afford managers broad leeway to improvise excuses to squelch workers’ rights to freely associate.

    The National Union of Healthcare Workers (NUHW) prompted this landmark ruling when it contested Keck Medical Center’s discriminatory treatment of four of its employees who were NUHW supporters and who entered the worksite while off duty.

The War on Education

  • Chicago teachers voted overwhelmingly to approve their new, hard-fought contract.
    Our contract was approved!
    @CTULocal1 via Twitter for iPhone
  • The Chicago Reader responds to a Tribune editorial dumping on public schools and praising Mayor Rahm Emanuel's favored (non-union) charter schools:
    There are 541 elementary schools in Chicago. Based on the composite ISAT scores for 2011—the last full set available—none of the top ten are charters. None of the top 20, 30, or 40 either.

    In fact, you've got to go to 41 to find a charter. Take a bow, CICS Irving Park!

    Most of the 49 charters on the list are clustered near the great middle, alongside most of their unionized neighborhood schools.

  • So fucking depressing:
    California's public higher education system is, in other words, dying a slow death. The promise of a cheap, quality education is slipping away for the working and middle classes, for immigrants, for the very people whom the University of California's creators held in mind when they began their grand experiment 144 years ago. And don't think the slow rot of public education is unique to California: that state's woes are the nation's.


Originally posted to Daily Kos Labor on Thu Oct 04, 2012 at 02:30 PM PDT.

Also republished by In Support of Labor and Unions and The Wide World of Sports.

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  •  We taxpayers already bought them a stadium,... (3+ / 0-)
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    paulitics, Justus, a2nite

    ...gave them tax breaks and incentives, built new a new exit ramp to the stadium for them, installed new traffic lights, water and sewer mains, and give them free security provided by the police department...  

    I guess we need to pay their players for them, too?


    •  Whereabouts? n/t (1+ / 0-)
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      "It is never too late to be what you might have been." -- George Eliot

      by paulitics on Thu Oct 04, 2012 at 02:56:16 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  Pretty much everywhere.... (3+ / 0-)
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        Justus, a2nite, Larsstephens

        ...but Phoenix/Glendale is a good poster child:  

        Professional sports team owners are some of the most notorious recipients of corporate welfare.  They convince municipalities to build stadiums and facilities, give tax breaks and all that while promising huge revenues in sales taxes and an influx of tourism dollars.  

        It rarely works.  

        Then, in ten years when all the other teams have nicer, newer and better arenas, the owners start pissing and moaning about how they can't compete with those glitzy new arenas, and how the city should spend more money to build something else.  And then they threaten to move the team if they don't.  The municipalities are in a tight spot:  they are losing money hand over fist on the existing arena since nothing ever works out the way the owners claim it will, but an empty stadium with no team in it loses even more money....

        So they build a new arena.  The new arena uses more of its space for high-cost luxury boxes for 1%ers, and has fewer general admission seats for everyone else.  So, to cover the costs, ticket prices go up.  Fewer people can afford to attend.  Attendance goes down.  The municipality loses even more money.  

        More time passes, the municipality loses more and more money.  Some years later, the owners want a new stadium and/or new package of tax breaks.   The city can't afford them.  The team owner, having been successful in vacuuming the city dry of money then moves the team to some other city which has bought into the same sales pitch....  

        And on the world goes.

        It's not limited to hockey by any means.  This is precisely what is going on St. Louis with the Rams football team.  They want a new state of the art arena to replace the not even 20 year old one they have, and are threatening to move the team away if the city doesn't cough up the money.  Meanwhile, the city services are in terrible shape, the roads are terrible, the schools are deplorable...  And the city is actually seriously considering this.      


  •  The NHL owners are foolish (3+ / 0-)
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    Justus, susans, Egalitare

    Most of them make money having a season.  Why they think it's sensible to make common cause with the minority who lose money is beyond me, especially in a sport where players gave back a ton in recent memory, where many of them are inclined to play for less back in their home countries, and where the skill differential vs. the next level down is so severe.  Nobody will ever pay NHL ticket prices for AHL talent.

    Romney '12: Berlusconi without the sex and alcohol!

    by Rich in PA on Thu Oct 04, 2012 at 03:21:03 PM PDT

    •  They better hope NBC doesn't... (0+ / 0-)

      ...decide to use College Hockey as a "scheduling placeholder."

      When you are right you cannot be too radical; when you are wrong, you cannot be too conservative. --Martin Luther King Jr.

      by Egalitare on Thu Oct 04, 2012 at 11:57:59 PM PDT

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      •  The NBC decision to run hockey at all... (0+ / 0-)

        ...was questionable for a national network. (I'm talking about those Sundays on the real NBC, not NBC Sports ex-Versus, which is all-in for hockey and apparently it's worked well for them.) I have to assume their second option is non-hockey.

        Romney '12: Berlusconi without the sex and alcohol!

        by Rich in PA on Fri Oct 05, 2012 at 04:00:22 AM PDT

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        •  And yet they signed a 10-year deal w/ NHL (0+ / 0-)

          Sure, they can fill it with something else that doesn't have to be hockey. But 10 years is more than just showing up with cameras and knowledgeable commentators: it is betting - after probably months if not years of investigation and analysis - that some meaningful profit can be made when all is said and done, even if it is just limited to the 2nd and 3rd tier channels.

          I suspect NBC Sports is a bit peeved that they have to fill this hole in their long term plans, and I don't think this is going to be just a couple of weeks delay. I bet their floor of 30 Rock doesn't either.

          When you are right you cannot be too radical; when you are wrong, you cannot be too conservative. --Martin Luther King Jr.

          by Egalitare on Fri Oct 05, 2012 at 06:38:14 AM PDT

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  •  I'm tired (0+ / 0-)

    Of lockouts. This should be illegal. I hate that it isn't. It seems like the plan and not the last resort which is what a strike usually is.

  •  Technically, the NHL delayed the season 2 weeks (1+ / 0-)
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    If an agreement is reached quickly, there's at least a chance a full 82-game regular season could be played (possibly with the loss of the All-Star Game, Winter Classic, or both).

    However, given the logistics of bringing players back from Europe, re-printing tickets, etc., I'd be very surprised if they're playing again before December.  Not to mention how far apart the two sides reportedly were as far as what percentage of revenue should go to the players...

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