No strike! But no deal either

Posted on 25 February 2010 by ASN Staff

The Major League Soccer Players Union today announced that the collective bargaining agreement between the union and Major League Soccer will not be extended past the Feb. 25 deadline previously set by the two sides.

“Effective at midnight tonight, our collective bargaining agreement with MLS will expire,” said Union executive director Bob Foose in a statement.

Foose added that, “while we expect that negotiations with MLS will resume at some point, there simply hasn’t been enough progress made in the negotiations to date to warrant an extension of the old agreement. We have advised our players to keep working for the time being, but as of Friday they will be doing so without a CBA. In the meantime, all options are being considered as the process continues. We are completely committed to forging real changes to the way MLS players are treated.”

Update: The league has provided a statement in reply:
“During the last year, Major League Soccer has been negotiating with the MLS Players Union on a new Collective Bargaining Agreement. The current CBA expires today and the Players Union would not agree to a further extension.

“We have told the Players Union that the League does not plan to lock out the players and we are prepared to begin the season under the current CBA while we continue to bargain to reach agreement on a new CBA.

“We have listened to the issues raised by the MLS Players Union and the League has made detailed proposals that have addressed these issues, including in the areas of economics, guaranteed contracts, options and the ability of a player to move to another MLS Club if he is released by his current Club. These proposals, which represent substantial changes from the current CBA, will significantly increase our spending and provide substantially more rights to the players.”

6 Comments For This Post

  1. Some dude Says:

    What the hell is that supposed to mean?…that doesn't make sense

  2. amersocc Says:

    sounds to me like they're trying to have it both ways. Keep pressure on the league while not going through with a strike.

  3. Lancer Says:

    @some dude – It means that the players can strike at any time or the league can lock them out at any time now. With the extensions they couldn't do that. By not extending they may continue to negotiate but if it looks like negotiations are really going nowhere then the union can call an immediate strike. But if they do begin to agree then no harm and it's business as usual. After all, while the player just may have to strike to strengthen their position and get what they want, nobody really wants a work stoppage. And the closer it gets to First Kick the more the pressure is on the league…

  4. Some dude Says:

    What the hell is that supposed to mean?…that doesn't make sense

  5. ASN Editorial Says:

    sounds to me like they're trying to have it both ways. Keep pressure on the league while not going through with a strike.

  6. Lancer Says:

    @some dude – It means that the players can strike at any time or the league can lock them out at any time now. With the extensions they couldn't do that. By not extending they may continue to negotiate but if it looks like negotiations are really going nowhere then the union can call an immediate strike. But if they do begin to agree then no harm and it's business as usual. After all, while the player just may have to strike to strengthen their position and get what they want, nobody really wants a work stoppage. And the closer it gets to First Kick the more the pressure is on the league…

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