Target: Acting Secretary of Commerce, Rebecca Blank
Goal: Provide government intervention to moderate and expedite the collective bargaining negotiations between the National Hockey League and the National Hockey League Players’ Association.
The National Hockey League (NHL) has locked out its players for nearly ten weeks while negotiating division of revenue and player contracting with the National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA). In addition to the loss of entertainment and the beloved sport, the lockout is having a huge economic impact on the arenas, employees, event staff, surrounding businesses, and tourism boards. With neither side budging it is time we sign this petition asking the government to send a neutral party to speed up negotiations and get Americans back to work.
This year’s lockout is the second in eight years and the third in twenty years. Retailers in Canada who largely rely on hockey sweater sales report a 30-40% decrease from last year. The Windsor-Essex region of Ann Arbor, Michigan was expecting a much needed $1-million boost to the economy based on the NHL Winter Classic alone. The annual outdoor game was cancelled and Windsor Mayor Eddie Francis pegged the loss closer to $2 million. Molson-Coors has felt the repercussions in a loss of beer sales and says it will seek financial compensation from the league for the negative impact the lack of games has had on the hockey league sponsor.
Even though Canada only supports a small fraction of teams, Canada’s GDP stands to drop 0.1% without the revenue streamed in from hockey. While small and large businesses and even countries are feeling the economic blow of the lockout, individual event staffs are left completely depleted. With the jobs market already in the red, many hockey-related professionals have had to seek unemployment to make ends meet.
Please sign this petition and urge the government to intervene in negotiations between the NHL and the NHLPA in order to get people back to work and continue growth.
Dear Ms. Blank,
While I realize that hockey is not exactly a priority in the U.S. Department of Commerce, the recent National Hockey League (NHL) lockout is having a wide-reaching impact on the economy. Large and small businesses, whole countries and individual workers are all feeling the hit of the hockey season lockout. As the season continues to dwindle without any progress in negotiations, the economic impact will continue to affect jobless and unemployment rates around the country. Please offer the assistance of a neutral party from your department to serve as a mediator in order to aid the NHL and the NHL Players’ Association in reaching an agreement as soon as possible.
The Department of Commerce mission is “to foster, promote, and develop the foreign and domestic commerce.” The lockout is negatively affecting and often costing cities, countries, small businesses, and American workers in the millions. As small businesses cannot hold staff and event staff have no events to work, they are forced to seek aid from unemployment. This is an unnecessary strain on our economy that stands to impact the game and industry of hockey forever. As fans start to stray from the constant battle of the hockey heads, the economic impact will be here to stay.
Please intervene in these negotiations in order to foster promote and develop the foreign and domestic commerce you support.
[Your Name Here]
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