My summer with the CBA: Union dues?

As it turns out, the NHL is open-shop; that is, players don’t technically have to belong to the Players’ Association. But there’s a catch.

Article 4.1 (b): “any Player who is not a member in good standing of the NHLPA must, on the 30h day following the beginning of his employment as a Player, pay … an annual service fee in the same amount as the periodic dues.”


Translation: Even if you choose not to benefit from the Players Association’s services, you have to pay for them. Here’s guessing there’s 100% enrollment in this “open shop.”
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About J.P. Hoornstra

J.P. Hoornstra covers the Dodgers, Angels and Major League Baseball for the Orange County Register, Los Angeles Daily News, Long Beach Press-Telegram, Torrance Daily Breeze, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star-News, San Bernardino Sun, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Whittier Daily News and Redlands Daily Facts. Before taking the beat in 2012, J.P. covered the NHL for four years. UCLA gave him a degree once upon a time; when he graduated on schedule, he missed getting Arnold Schwarzenegger's autograph on his diploma by five months.

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