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Raiders vote to decertify

By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Friday, November 19th, 2010 at 12:45 pm in Oakland Raiders.

The Raiders joined an expanding group of NFL teams which has voted to decertify the union in order to prevent a lockout in the event a collective bargaining agreement is not reached with management.

NFL Player’s Association executive director DeMaurice Smith met with the Raiders Thursday, a day after conducting a vote with the 49ers, who also voted to decertify. The number of teams which have voted for decertification is reportedly more than 20, with no team voting against it.

Zach Miller was voted the team’s new player representative, replacing Tony Stewart, who was waived in training camp. Miller had been serving as an alternate along with Ricky Brown since Stewart left the team. Brown and Bruce Gradkowski are the current alternates.

Decertification is a tactic which will enable the union to sue the league in the event of a lockout. Antitrust laws don’t allow unions to sue employers during CBA negotiations.

“We don’t want to end up there,” Miller said of decertification. “We would rather have our CBA done before then. It’s our answer if the owners prove to lock us out, that’s our answer for them if they want to take that step, but we want to keep working on the CBA and get something done before it comes to that.”

Running back Rock Cartwright vented some of his thoughts regarding negotiations on his Twitter account Thursday night after the meeting with Smith and remains frustrated by the lack of progress.

“They’re not even close to a collective bargaining agreement,” Cartwright said. “They’re basically a lot of money away. He said it’s been a stall. He was just kind of just talking to us and kind of letting us know exactly what’s going to go on so it’s kind of tough for me and for all of the other guys. If there’s a lockout, it takes a lot away from a lot of people.”

A concern among players is the possibilty of being without a medical plan in the event of a lockout.

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  • YoungAmerican

    Do you honestly think the JaJason thing is clever? It just makes you seem like a five-year-old.

  • http://www.aflciodental.com/unions/IBEW.png The Real Ray

    On the Steelers: Offense faces identity crisis
    Friday, November 19, 2010
    By Ed Bouchette, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

    Injury Updates:

    Chris Kemoeatu put in a full practice for the first time in two weeks and is ready to return to start at left guard after he missed the game Sunday with sprains of his knee and ankle.

    Ward went through a second consecutive day of practice in full pads, but safety Will Allen still has not practiced. Both Ward and Allen left the New England game with concussions.

    “I’ve been here seven years,” Arians said, “and that’s the best two practices Hines had in five of them because he hadn’t practiced on Wednesday in a long time. But he wanted to prove to everybody he was healthy and, boy, he had two great practices and showed a lot of the younger guys how to do it.”

    Troy Polamalu (Achilles) did not practice again, Nick Eason also missed again with an illness, and Brett Keisel (hamstring) went through another limited practice.

    Lawrence Timmons (hip) went through his first full practice of the week as did rookie cornerback Crezdon Butler (thigh).

  • Bauce 2 Dope

    YESSSSSSSSSSSS….Mizzou improves to 2-0 with 96-58 win over UNF……Michael Dixon with steady pg play while in foul trouble…..11 pts 5 steals 4 asst 2 reb…………..BAUCE!

  • Bauce 2 Dope

    # Just Fire Baby Says:
    November 20th, 2010 at 2:53 pm

    Tedford is a joke at this stage, but man that Andrew Luck is something else.

    How can Tedford have all these rocket-armed tall QB’s, but other than when he lucked into Aaron Rodgers, every one of his QB’s makes bad decisions and has no accuracy?
    **************************

    Fire his ass now! Washington will beat Cal next week too

  • http://www.aflciodental.com/unions/IBEW.png The Real Ray

    Bbbbbaaaaaaauuuuuuuuccccccccce!!!!!

  • Just Fire Baby

    The year the Colts won the Super Bowl they had the worst rushing defense in the NFL and set the NFL record for giving up the most rushing yards in one game that season.

    Last years Super Bowl featured the 26th and 18th ranked NFL defenses, but the 1st and 9th ranked offenses.

  • Bauce 2 Dope

    RAYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!!! RAIDERS baby!

  • Bauce 2 Dope

    Vegas Raider….we are 12th ranked….BAUCE!

  • http://www.aflciodental.com/unions/IBEW.png The Real Ray

    Raiders have the 12th ranked offense and 7th ranked Defense in the NFL……oh yeah!!!!

    Super Bowl Baby!

  • alex7

    Devise posey from osu just pulled a DHB and might have cost them BCS game.

  • Bauce 2 Dope

    # The Real Ray Says:
    November 20th, 2010 at 3:20 pm

    Raiders have the 12th ranked offense and 7th ranked Defense in the NFL……oh yeah!!!!

    Super Bowl Baby!
    ************************************

    BAUCE!

  • SnB Production

    Defense wins games during the regular season!

  • SnB Production

    Keep the score low and allow the offense to stay within game plan and also afford to take a risk or two.

    That’s how you win.

    Great defense, running the football and limit turnovers!

  • SnB Production

    12 hours and 32 minutes to kick-off at Heinz Field!

  • http://www.aflciodental.com/unions/IBEW.png The Real Ray
  • http://www.aflciodental.com/unions/IBEW.png The Real Ray

    12 hours??????

  • PurpleDrank81

    Did Ohio St. Lose

  • SnB Production

    getting way ahead! 18 hours…..

  • JB

    Watched the Bill Parcell’s special last night on the NFL network. All I can say is that I hope when he un-retires again, he comes to Oakland as the GM and revitalizes the Raiders back to the dynasty they once were. Parcells is a friend of AD and could get along with him. Based on what I saw, he could get the best out of the talent here and as important, make all of our coaches, including TC, better than they ever thought they could be. There is absolutely no doubt in my ind hat we could be in the SB within 2-3 years.

  • r8rwill

    #263 great defense and running the ball can get the raiders to the “GAME” with either of our qb’s..is what i am saying.. we have the ingredients, and we are in position to be winners in sb 45(?)

  • http://www.aflciodental.com/unions/IBEW.png The Real Ray
  • EMRaiders

    11 11/21 @ Pit L
    12 11/28 vs. Mia W
    13 12/5 @ SD L
    14 12/12 @ Jac W
    15 12/19 vs. Den L
    16 12/26 vs. Ind L
    17 1/2 @ KC W

    Here’s my updated guesses for the rest of the season. We finish 8-8. If somehow we finish 10-6 and make it to the playoffs, than that would be great. And I would be happy to say I was wrong. But the realistic side of me tells me otherwise. 8-8 us still a huge improvement and who’s to say that won’t be enough to win the division. We would be 4-2 in the division and that would be enough for any tie breakers if needed.

    The Denver and Indi games are very winnable. So that would be the 10-6. Let’s hope so. GO RAIDERS!

  • HairyBush

    JB Says:
    November 20th, 2010 at 3:42 pm
    Watched the Bill Parcell’s special last night on the NFL network. All I can say is that I hope when he un-retires again, he comes to Oakland as the GM and revitalizes the Raiders back to the dynasty they once were. Parcells is a friend of AD and could get along with him. Based on what I saw, he could get the best out of the talent here and as important, make all of our coaches, including TC, better than they ever thought they could be. There is absolutely no doubt in my ind hat we could be in the SB within 2-3 years.
    ———————
    I was just going to say that

  • http://www.blogcdn.com/www.fanhouse.com/media/2008/04/desmond-howard-425-sm.jpg Bo Schembechler Jackson

    Jerry = zzzzzz?

  • HairyBush

    Bo Schembechler Jackson Says:
    November 20th, 2010 at 3:59 pm
    Jerry = zzzzzz?
    ———————-
    At this point I would take an update on Terdell Sands lol

  • http://www.aflciodental.com/unions/IBEW.png The Real Ray
  • HairyBush

    The Real Ray Says:
    November 20th, 2010 at 4:03 pm
    The Steelers have the biggest fan base!

    http://media.ebaumsworld.com/picture/enchilada105/PittsburghSteelers.png
    ———————————-
    Is she single? If so, hook a brotha up!

  • SnB Production

    SuperBowl talk is not appropriate yet. The very best teams don’t win Super Bowls.

    Right now, for this team, its all about 1 thing. And that’s winning tomorrow.

    Running the ball, stopping the run and not turning the ball over can get this team into the playoffs