23 Jan MLS gamers union presents proposal as CBA talks proceed with league
The MLS Gamers Affiliation submitted a counteroffer to Main League Soccer on a brand new Collective Bargaining Settlement (CBA), the league stated in a press release on Friday.
The provide was in response to the league’s proposal submitted to the union on Jan. 5.
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“Earlier right this moment we met with the Main League Soccer Gamers Affiliation and gamers to debate how we are able to work collectively to place MLS on a safe footing given the unprecedented affect of COVID-19,” MLS stated in its assertion. “The MLSPA offered a response to the League’s proposal, which dedicated to paying the gamers 100% of their salaries this yr, in return for a two-year extension of the MLS Collective Bargaining Settlement. We respect the gamers as athletes and enterprise professionals, and we’re carefully reviewing their counteroffer. We are going to reply promptly and are dedicated to fulfill as many occasions as needed with the MLSPA within the coming days to succeed in an settlement.”
The league’s provide additionally features a freeze on will increase within the wage price range from 2021 to 2022.
The talks include simply six days left till a league-imposed deadline to agree on a brand new CBA. The deadline went into impact when MLS invoked a power majeure clause again on Dec. 29. The clause permits both facet to reopen negotiations for 30 days within the case of an financial disaster, such because the scenario introduced on by a pandemic. If a deal cannot be reached, the CBA will be nullified, although that is not a requirement.
MLS has expressed concern that due to the slower than anticipated rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine, the consequences of the pandemic — which it says prompted it to lose virtually $1 billion in 2020 due partly to an absence of followers within the stands — will proceed deep into 2021. It is proposal earlier this month requested the MLSPA to make upwards of $110 million in concessions. That is on prime of what the MLSPA stated have been $150 million in concessions made on account of the newest CBA that was negotiated final June.
Earlier this month, MLSPA govt director Bob Foose stated there was no requirement that the talks be accomplished inside 30 days, and there may be nothing stopping the 2 sides from persevering with negotiations after that window. Even when MLS opts to nullify the CBA, the phrases of the previous deal would stay in impact till new phrases are agreed upon, although there may be the specter of a lockout. Foose additionally highlighted the monetary sacrifices the gamers have already made.
“Whereas the league is taken to saying that there aren’t any wage reductions in 2021, the truth is that concessions have already been made in annually of the renegotiated CBA to account for the monetary impacts of the virus,” he stated. “And whereas the league could proceed to speak about 2020 losses, the truth is that the negotiation over these losses is completed. We had that negotiation final summer time. The gamers have taken and can proceed to take a major monetary hit that is the same as a good portion of these losses.”