Over the weekend, the “secret” marathon bargaining session between Steve Fehr and Bill Daly became public. Unlike their previous “secret” meetings that later became public, actual core issues were discussed. The main issue discussed was the owner’s “major concession” that the “make whole” provision was up for discussion, and likely to come from the owner’s pockets.
There’s a lot of quotes in that previous paragraph, and it’s mostly because it’s tough to believe what either side leaks to the media anymore.
That said, there is room for cautious optimism, as there appears to be some sort of traction to build on from this past weekend. Daly and SFehr are the two level-headed (compared to their bosses) leaders that can actually make some sort of progress without letting their ridiculous egos get in the way.
I’m still cautiously optimistic whenever both sides meet. After all, meeting is better than not meeting. However with cautious optimism comes the realization that if no traction is made today, then expect more cancellations. It’s just the name of the game now. No progress? Cancel!
Sarcasm aside, today is a very big day in negotiations. If movement is made on both sides, then we can see the potential end of the lockout in the near future. But again, if they run away, then don’t expect another meeting for another month.
But hey, I’m an optimist. I think that cooler heads, specifically those of Daly and SFehr, will prevail at some point. Maybe, just maybe, we will luck out and these cooler heads will take their bosses’ jobs when this is all over.