the union wants to stand up and be seen as powerful after bowing down last time.
It's not the union wanting to be seen as powerful. It's the players refusing to bend over and get fucked in the ass for no reason, seven years after they gave the owners everything they wanted.
I have yet to see one compelling argument in favor of the owners' position. There is no reason
the players should accept pay cuts across the board, severe cuts to their contractual rights and a lower share of the revenue pie when the league is making money hand over fist.