Originally Posted by archibaldleach
No disagreement on that. Union had other priorities so they let this happen. Now we're seeing how stupid it is and it will probably become an issue for the next CBA.
Maybe it becomes an issue for the next CBA, but don't count on it. Maybe the process employed here came as a surprise to you, but you can bet the house it didn't come as a surprise to the union or its lawyers.
Their other priorities are money, money, and money. Previous episodes of discipline were handled in the same way, some ultimately resulting in substantially reduced suspensions (or no suspension at all). It's not something that was slipped in. Have you ever been involved in CBA negotiations? Every tiny little issue, every word choice, gets worked to death. This is the process because it works for the league and
for the Players' Association. Neither side wants to lose control over these issues to true outsiders. They just want enough of an illusion of "process" to provide an overlay for whatever back-channel negotiations lead to the results that are eventually settled upon.