Union Big On Draining NBA Pay

Kessler: No union wants to let employers address workers directly
The NBA's ultimatum to players came with a late Wednesday deadline. Why so long? Why not force players to respond today, or tomorrow?

Presumably because the league calculates it's in their best interests for players to think long and hard about missed seasons, lost salary, and returning to a league with CBA terms dreamed up by hardline owners.

The idea is that over the next few days players will insist their leaders take the deal.

But the union says they won't even present the league's offer to its players for a vote.

Why not?

The real reason the players won't present the NBA's latest offer to their players is, says union attorney Jeffrey Kessler, "because that's now how any union in America works, that I'm aware of."

Kessler explains the reasoning for the mechanism is because no union wants to let employers address workers directly. You don't want your opponents to have direct access to your constituents. The fully informed committee has an obligation to keep bad deals from the rank and file, who have entrusted the process to them.

This protects players from accepting an offer that might sound good to them, but would, in the judgment of those who have analyzed it most thoroughly, actually be bad news.
(from espn.go.com)

Sandinista Unlimited

Re-coronation of iconic LatAm Prog rides on unrest, violence
Nicaraguans prepared to vote Sunday, as protests over alleged mismanagement of the election erupted into violence, even before polls had opened.

Local media reported that supporters of the opposition alliance PLI-UNE, who hope to unseat President Daniel Ortega in the vote, fought with Ortega sympathizers Saturday in at least three municipalities in the northern provinces of Matagalpa and Nuevo Segovia.

Opposition supporters have tried to stop the delivery of election materials to polling stations, in protest of non-delivery of voter identification cards necessary to participate in Sunday's vote, local media reported.

Tensions have been high for weeks over what the opposition says is a deliberate effort to keep some people from voting, as well as election authorities' failure to accredit thousands of independent election observers.

In a statement, the Organization of American States called on the government Friday to resolve 'sources of tension.' The opposition charges that Ortega's candidacy is itself illegal.

Nicaragua's constitution limits presidents to two non-consecutive terms. Ortega is finishing his second term, but a controversial Supreme Court decision in 2009 declared the term limits provision invalid.

Polls show Ortega with 48 per cent of likely votes, a 15-point lead over his nearest rival, Fabio Gadea, a journalist and radio personality who leads a coalition of rightists and dissident Sandinistas unhappy with Ortega's rule.

Liberal former president Arnoldo Aleman was running third, with seven per cent of voter intention, according to polls.

Candidates need just 35 per cent of the vote and a five-point lead to win without a runoff.
(full story at monstersandcritics.com)

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Nelson Aldrich, Hanford, Bogotá

On this day: November 6
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