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Chamber of Commerce rips NFLPA

NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith speaks

NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith speaks as he and a group of player representatives arrive for labor talks in Washington Friday. (Mar. 11, 2011) Credit: Getty Images

NFL officials aren't the only ones unhappy with the NFL Players Association to decertify. The United States Chamber of Commerce issued a statement today, saying it was "troubled" by the move to decertify and pursue litigation in its fight against the NFL. The business organization also suggested that the union was "gaming the labor laws" and offered a potentially "disastrous model for labor-management relations" in the U.S.

"We are troubled by the decision of the NFL Players to de-certify as a union so that they may litigate under the antitrust laws, with the prospect that once the litigation is over they will again claim they are a union," the statement said. "Gaming the labor laws and the antitrust laws offers a potentially disastrous model for labor-management relations in this country and raises serious questions of labor policy.”

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