Thursday, May 8, 2008
NBA players' union plans to file complaint over access to Celtics
By Chris Sheridan ESPN.com
BOSTON -- The NBA players' union said it planned to file a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board after one of its officials was denied access to the Celtics locker room before Game 2 of the Boston-Cleveland series Thursday night.
Union spokesman Dan Wasserman said the union was initially told that no one from the organization would be allowed in the Celtics' locker room. After calls of protest were made to the Celtics and to the league office, the team agreed to allow union director Billy Hunter into the locker room prior to tip-off.
Another union official, attorney Hal Biagas, was told he could have access to the locker room after the game, but not before.
"The Celtics are the only team in the league that believes they have the right to keep union personnel from the locker room, and as a result we're filing a complaint with the NLRB," Wasserman said, explaining that a basic tenet of labor law calls for union representatives to have access to employees inside the workplace. Biagas said he had never before been denied pregame access to a locker room.
NBA spokesman Tim Frank declined comment.