CFL commissioner Mark Cohon said the players association rejected a league proposal for a new collective bargaining agreement. CFLPA president Scott Flory countered; the CFL has rejected the PA’s latest offer.
The current CBA expires at 9 PM this evening. The two sides met for over a dozen hours on Wednesday.
Both parties released statements.
Here is commissioner Cohon’s.
” This afternoon, the Canadian Football League has sent its best offer for a new collective bargaining agreement directly to the players. Unfortunately, this best offer was rejected by the CFLPA executive committee this morning. We strongly believe it is a fair and equitable agreement for both parties. We want football. We want our season to start on time. But not at the cost of the unrealistic proposal put forward by the CFLPA. We do hope the CFLPA executive committee will put this offer to CFL players for a vote.”
Here is the statement from CFLPA President Scott Flory.
“I’m here to make a statement to our players and the fans of this league. We have just presented to the PRC an offer in the hopes of getting a deal done today. We feel as though we have listened and addressed all of their issues.
Their concern was around having fixed cost certainty, we have addressed that. We have proposed a salary cap that starts at $5.8M and increases by 3% annually.
We have proposed a minimum compensation per Club of $4.8M that rises in correlation with the max cap.
We agree with their proposal on minimum player compensation.
In an effort to compromise, we have developed a system which we call a “Revenue Protection Clause”.
This clause allows for a fixed cap for a minimum of 2 years. After the 2nd year, if there is an increase in revenue on a league wide basis of more than $12M, excluding Grey Cup, the parties will renegotiate the cap or the collective agreement will be jointly terminated at the end of that season.
Basically we provide certainty on both sides of having a fixed cap and allowing the possibility of our players to share in the potential growth.
We propose for a one-time bonus to our veteran players, to compensate them for a rise in the minimum compensation, of $15,000.00 per veteran player.
We have maintained our proposals on both pre-season and post-season compensation, as well as pension, which we feel are fair.
Health and Safety
We maintain our position on having only 1 padded practice per week in-season.
We are also maintaining our position of having an independent neurologist on the sidelines at every game. We feel that these are both fair and reasonable.
We are also maintaining our position on the elimination of the option year, EXCEPT on the new players to the CFL. They came to us with concerns about protecting their investments, this answers those concerns.
We eagerly await the response of the PRC. We are hopeful a deal can be reached today.
CFL training camps are scheduled to open on Sunday. Flory is telling veterans to show up. “We’re telling players to report to training camp. We want to play football.”
Most teams have veteran players that receive bonuses for reporting.
Most of the CFLPA membership has voted on whether to strike or not, with the exception of the Eskimos and Stampeders. Players in Alberta will not be allowed to vote until the CBA expires, as per Alberta labour laws.
After going through the steps required by the Alberta Relations Board, the earliest there could be a strike in that province is a week tomorrow.