If it’s a history lesson you want…

With the history of NFL labor negotiations a hot topic (while waiting for another court ruling), we thought it would be a good idea to check the archives ourselves. You want history? We’ll give you some history. We noticed, for example, that the NFL Players Association went on strike to shut down the game three times – in 1974, 1982, and 1987. They wouldn’t let themselves play.  Apparently, there was no problem denying fans of football on those occasions, and no concern about stadium employees who were suddenly thrown out of work.

We also ran across sworn court testimony given in 1990 by the late NFLPA executive director Gene Upshaw and current NFLPA outside counsel Jeffrey Kessler regarding the union’s 1989 decertification. More than two decades later…sound familiar?

“[A]s far as ever being a labor organization again, that is a permanent status.  We have no intentions, in the future or in my lifetime, to ever return to be a labor organization again.” – Gene Upshaw (Oct. 3, 1990 deposition, answering a question posed by NFLPA counsel)

“Not only Gene Upshaw and Doug Allen, the Executive Director and Assistant Executive Director of the NFLPA, but every player deposed by the defendants (and they chose which players to depose) testified that the actions taken by the NFLPA to end its role as a collective bargaining representative were permanent and irreversible and were not a tactic to get a new collective bargaining agreement.” – Jeffrey Kessler (Nov. 2, 1990 sworn affidavit)

For Upshaw’s deposition, click here.

For Kessler’s full affidavit, click here here.

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