You really dont think that a more reasonable offer by the owners wouldn't have shortened this dispute? Of course it would have. If they came in with a more realistic offer, of say 52-48, and worked to 50-50 which is where they're at now , Feur wouldn't have the same solidarity of the players.
Bullshit, it wasn't until the players sat down without their donald that the finally came up with something new. Prior to that, it had been a rewording of the August proposal with guaranteed annual wage hikes. It was in those meeting that they finally came on board that linkage was a way of life and would remain so.
Even when the players made a big deal of their 50/50 offer back in November, it actually only got down to 53% the way they worked their make whole and that offer still had a guaranteed annual increase. Their 50/50 was a mirror so thin you could blow smoke through.