8th Circuit Sides With NFL Union: David McAfee of Law 360 ($$) writes that yesterday, the Eighth Circuit affirmed a lower court’s ruling and sided with the NFL Players’ Union in a dispute with a purported class of NFL Retirees. The retirees had claimed that the players union had unfairly provided for them in the most recent collective bargaining agreement between the NFL and player personnel.
“[P]laintiffs failed to plausibly allege facts establishing that they had a reasonable expectation that either prospective contractual relations or other economic advantage would result if they had been allowed to bargain independently with the NFL, or that defendants improperly interfered with any such expectation,” Circuit Judge James B. Loken wrote in the published opinion. “Accordingly, the district court properly dismissed plaintiffs’ claims of tortious interference under Minnesota law, and its judgment is affirmed.”
While representatives for either side could not be reached for comment, this is likely not the last we’ve seen of suits involving the NFL or its retirees. A major concussion action recently settled, but other similar suits are bubbling up all the time. We will certainly keep you informed.
Bellingham Teachers on Strike: Samantha Wohlfeil of the Bellingham Herald reports teachers at Bellingham Technical College, represented by the Bellingham Education Association (BEA), went on strike early this morning, resulting in classes being canceled on the first day of the new semester. A short statement from school administrators provided that no classes would take place during the strike. Negotiations are set to resume later today. We will keep you posted as this dispute moves toward a resolution.
Old Forge Strike Ends, but Negotiations Continue: Sarah Scinto of the Scranton Times-Tribune writes that teachers in Old Forge will be headed back to work this Wednesday despite not reaching an agreement regarding a new contract with the school board. The teachers, represented by the Old Forge Education Association (OFEA), have been on strike since September 3. OFEA members are expected to picket one last time starting early this afternoon and then will return to work tomorrow. A spokesperson for the union explained that the parties will enter a period of non-binding arbitration in an effort to hammer out a contract. We will certainly keep you up to date as to the status of the arbitration proceedings.