The Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) is the contract between the NHL and the NHLPA that defines the structure of procedural, financial, and disciplinary relationships between the NHL, its teams, and its players.
The current CBA is set to expire on September 15, 2004. Rapidly increasing player salaries combined with financial difficulties among some NHL teams has led to a desire by the NHL and its team owners for a new CBA that stresses cost certainty, or a fixed relationship between revenues and player salaries. Disagreements and difficulties in negotiations with the NHLPA has raised the possibility of a lockout in the 2004-2005 season if a new agreement is not reached in time.
Other writers have emphasised the conflict resolution aspects of collectivebargaining, but in Britain the most important refinement was that made by Allan Flanders, who defined it as a process of rule-making, leading to joint regulation in industry.
In Britain collectivebargaining has been, and has been endorsed as, the dominant and most appropriate means of regulating workers' terms and conditions of employment, in line with ILO Convention No. 84 for many years.
However, the importance of collectivebargaining in Britain and elsewhere in the industrialized world has been declining considerably since the early 1980s.
Collectivebargaining is the process of negotiation between trade unions (or labor unions, as they are called in the USA) and employers (represented by management) in respect of the terms and conditions of employment of employees, such as wages, hours, working conditions and grievance procedures, and about the rights and responsibilities of trade unions.
In Britain collectivebargaining for many years has been, and been endorsed as, the dominant and most appropriate means of regulating workers' terms and conditions of employment, in line with ILO Convention No. 84.
However, the importance of collectivebargaining in Britain and elswhere has been declining considerably since the early 1980s.
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