In the News: Prof looks at why NHL and U.S. Government are failing in negotiations


In an op-ed in the Vancouver SunMark Thompson, professor emeritus of industrial relations, reviews the negotiations between the NHL and its players’ association and the executive and legislative branches of the U.S. government to avoid the “fiscal cliff.”

Thompson finds that some basic rules of good practice in labour negotiations have been ignored in these two cases.

“Had good practices from labour negotiations been followed, perhaps we could be tuning in to Hockey Night in Canada,” says Thompson, “while not worrying about the economic consequences of failed negotiations in Washington, D.C.”