Addressing Labor Disputes with Nationally Recognized Employees

Unions often attempt to use characteristically passionate rhetoric, though the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) is turning itself into a joke with the campaign to tell both players and fans that the “workers” of the business are underpaid. One player (who made over $10M last year) even compared the situation to “modern day slavery”. In this instance, the NFLPA demanded to look at the club and league’s audited financial statements to determine revenue. There are many reasons the NFLPA has no business looking at that data, but the owners capitulated to this demand anyway (along with many other demands) to try to get a deal done.  Despite the efforts of the moderation process and the owners and league at the table, the unions appear to be intransigent regarding their demands and have been far less willing to negotiate than the NFL itself.

Workers often believe they are underpaid, so this is nothing new, but the workers are generally not in the top 1% of earners nationally, unlike the NFLPA and TV personality Charlie Sheen. Sheen was correct that he was a major part of the CBS comedy Two and a Half Men, the television show in which he starred for the better part of the past decade until he was fired in February 2011 after making some heated comments that CBS and the show believed were damaging to their collective reputations. He may have also deserved the $2M he was making per episode. No one will likely be able to fill that role as successfully or as naturally as Sheen did, so the actor does have a point there. Where Mr. Sheen goes astray, however, is in the assumption that the show’s fans are his (though many are). Having been, like many Americans, a long-time viewer of the show, Charlie, as said previously, was a major part of its success. The other actors were also impressive too, and it was the collective acting and intelligent (and often quite bawdy) humor writing of the show that made the comedy franchise so successful.

Even if Charlie had been the only successful part of the show, he was still simply an actor selected to play a role. The creators and producers, and the others that put the show together enabled Sheen to be successful. This is by no means saying that Sheen hasn’t contributed heavily to the success of the show. This simply means that the creative talent put Sheen in a position to be successful and Sheen needs to recognize that fact. This statement also applies to the NFLPA. What both Sheen and the NFLPA need to realize is that, from a third-party viewpoint, they are not the money or the genius that makes the “show” work. If these “workers” believe that they are truly the driver of success behind their programs, they should take the risks the current owners/producers do and create their own productions. Only then will they be credible when they say that the show could not go on without them.

Source Information:

http://www.dallasnews.com/sports/dallas-cowboys/headlines/20110316-former-sooner-adrian-peterson-nfl_s-treatment-of-players-is-modern-day-slavery_.ece

http://www.nfl.com/news/story/09000d5d81ec6418/article/goodell-addresses-lockout-potential-boycott-of-nfl-draft

http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/story/NFL-players-owners-millions-apart-on-CBA-labor-talks-031111

About Barry Saturday

The author is a Lexington, Ky-based financial advisor and formerly taught high school social studies for Fayette County Public Schools. Along with a M.A. in Education, his educational background consists of a B.A. in Foreign Languages and International Economics and an M.A. in Diplomacy with a concentration in Global Commerce. In 2012, he finished a two-month stint student teaching in Xi'an, China, and recently (2018) ran for City Council in Lexington, KY (District 4: Tates Creek / Nicholasville Rd area). Today's news outlets profit most from incendiary, surface-level appeals to emotion, which is poisoning much of our political discourse nationwide. Barry created this site in order to learn more about our world and share that knowledge with others. He hopes this site, aimed at an educated audience, will provide objective information for those seeking greater clarity and understanding than is often available in the current news environment. If you like what you see, feel free to comment and share with your network.

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