Not really. They fired Paul Kelly because they felt he wasn't confrontational enough and they wanted somebody that could get under the owners skin. Fehr has no doubt accomplished that goal. I think some of the owners have developed a personal hate against fehr and I don't see that every going away so long as fehr is head of the pa. Both sides need a reset at the same time
Leadership on the PA side has already been cleaned. Fehr has only been around for two years. He also played a part in resolving exactly this type of owner-player distrust/dislike in MLB.
That's rather vague. What could one side do that you would consider concentrating enough on getting a deal done?
examples of both sides not caring about getting a deal done and negotiating in bad faith:
-The owners insulting lowball first offer
-The union dragging its feet on getting negations going and then dragging its feet on putting forth proposals, especially in September and October
-The union not even running the numbers on their own proposals
-The owners take it or leave it approach to negotiating and setting pre conditions on meetings
-Fehr showing up hours late to meetings
-The owners trying to break up the union through pr stunts such as claiming that fehr is misinforming the players about their proposals
And the pr spin and bs by both sides throughout this process has been ridiculous.
I can go on and on with more instances of both sides negotiating in bad faith or simply not caring about getting a deal done.