Arbitrator ruled the Tiger Cats did in fact breach the collective bargaining agreement but not enough to void the contract. The penalty is a fine but the CFLPA did not request one. :roll: Another only in the CFL situation.
From Hamilton Spectator:
The Ticats have won their arbitration case with star receiver and kick returner Chris Williams — despite having violated the terms of the CFL’s collective bargaining agreement.
Independent arbitrator E.E. Palmer has ruled the contract between Williams and the club is valid, while also finding the Ticats breached the CBA by negotiating with an unregistered agent.
Palmer stated that the penalty for such a breach is a fine, however, not a termination of the contract, as Williams and the CFL Players’ Association had requested. A fine was not levied because Palmer said it was not requested by the CFLPA.
Palmer also found the team renewed Williams contract last October – essentially picked up his option – in the manner required by the CBA. But the arbitrator also acknowledged the team did not use the exact language surrounding the renewal as laid out in the agreement.
That transgression wasn’t enough to void the contract, either, Palmer ruled.
“In my opinion, claims that the club was misusing their bargaining position to the detriment of Mr. Williams are not substantiated,? Palmer wrote.
The arbitrator’s brief statement – a full written ruling is expected later this week – does not address Williams’s contention that he was not offered the minimum deal at the time he signed his three-year contract.