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Morning Lineup – November 28

Wednesday Morning – Looking For Definitions

I know it's early, but you can still put your thinking caps on and get in on a dynamic discussion that has begun over at Backstep Firefighter where Bill Carey is moderating a series focusing on Defining Aggressive as it relates to firefighting.

Part 1 – Tasks and Identity has kicked it off, so find a quiet moment to CLICK HERE and get in on the roundtable.  Always room for one more.

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Speaking of discussions, the owners and players union of the National Hockey League have agreed to having Federal mediators enter the combat discussions about a new labor contract.  Katie Carrera writing in the Washington Post tells us:

With NHL labor negotiations locked in a stalemate, the two sides have agreed to try a new approach and involve the help of federal mediators in reaching a new collective bargaining agreement.

Before going any further, it’s important to note that the mediation is not binding. The mediators bring a neutral third-party perspective to help advance negotiations, but the two sides are not forced to accept the suggestions.

"The NHLPA has agreed to the addition of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service to our ongoing negotiations," NHLPA Executive Director Donald Fehr said in a statement. "We look forward to their involvement as we continue working to reach an equitable agreement for both the players and the owners."

According to ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun, the NHL and NHLPA are expected to meet with mediators Wednesday. It will mark the first formal session between the two sides since the league rejected the union’s most recent proposal on Nov. 21. During the 2004-05 labor negotiations, the NHL and NHLPA met with mediators to no avail.

So we will see what happens next.

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This next item would be more properly filed under the "Culture" category, I suppose:

Has Commercialization Gone Too Far?

This is not a Police Line which you cannot cross….

This is not a Fire Line from which you must stay back ….

This is a Garage Floor Line over which you must not step ….

And with that admonition, we will cross the line and get this equipment checked out.  I have permission to enter the coffee zone and get more java cooking up for when we meet back in the day room.   See you there in a few minutes.

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