Originally Posted by captivereefs
I have never figured out why professianl athlete need unions?
So they can negotiate a fair, living wage, as well as affordable healthcare benefits for themselves and their families. It's very difficult to afford medications and braces for your kids when you're earning a paltry $185,000 a year (current minimum NHL salary).
So they won't be forced to perform jobs for which they are inadequately trained. Without union protection, NHL players might be required to sharpen their own skates, or even worse, drive the zamboni!
So they can be assured of a pension when they retire. Since most players retire before they're 45, and because sports cars & bling bling make poor long term investments, professional athletes need an employer-subsidized annuity to provide for their 30+ years of retirement.
OK, OK - I'm being sarcastic.