NHL: US federal mediators to join stalled labor talks

November 27, 2012 

Federal mediators are entering the stalled NHL labor talks, with the season’s first 21/2 months already lost because of the lockout.

George Cohen, director of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, said Monday the parties had agreed to use the agency. He assigned three mediators to assist negotiations — deputy director Scot Beckenbaugh, director of mediation services John Sweeney and Commissioner Guy Serota.

“While we have no particular level of expectation going into this process, we welcome a new approach in trying to reach a resolution of the ongoing labor dispute at the earliest possible date,” NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said.

Cohen has worked with the players’ associations for Major League Baseball, helping end the 1994-95 strike as outside counsel, and the NBA. He was an adviser to the NHL players’ union before joining FMCS three years ago.

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