The National Women’s Soccer League Players Association (NWSLPA) announced on Thursday that it has become a member of the American Federation of Labor Industrial Organization Conference (AFL-CIO).
By becoming the 57th member of the AFL-CIO, the NWSLPA aims to leverage parent union organization and training programs for all members, including the Women’s Global Leadership Program. I also want to make use of the experience of other sports associations. The NFL Players Association is also an AFL-CIO member organization.
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“first of all, [becoming an affiliate] NWSLPA Executive Director Meghann Burke calls ESPN and sends a message that “we are workers like everyone else.”
“I don’t think it’s a secret that we’ve been instructed. [other players unions].. We could certainly learn from the lessons of the past and what other PAs have experienced. But by partnering with the AFL-CIO, we can learn from centuries-old struggles for workers’ rights and benefit from their wealth of resources, training and relationships. “
NWSLPA, which represents 200 players, is currently in talks with the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) and is developing the first collective bargaining agreement (CBA) between them. NWSLPA is calling for a significant increase in player minimum salaries through the #NoMoreSideHustles campaign. This is currently $ 22,000 a year, and players often have to do a second job. NWSLPA is also promoting improved working conditions and free agents.
“We feel that player autonomy for careers is no different than the autonomy that other workers have for their rights. That’s what we’re fighting for in this contract. “Burke said.
As a sign of expanding NWSLPA-AFL-CIO relations, NWSL’s Portland Thorns players picked up bakery, confectionery, tobacco workers and the impressive Nabisco workers of the Grain Millers International Union last Tuesday. I participated.
“We are excited to welcome these devoted players to the federation,” AFL-CIO President Liz Shuler said in a statement. “We look forward to working with athletes for fair wages and dignity. They are fighting as football field workers, but workers of all disciplines do this job. It shows that it is the same fight as we are. Country: Safe workplaces, fair wages, and the need to be treated with respect. We know the power of collective voice and we I know I will win when I stand together. “
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NWSL Players Association Becomes AFL-CIO Affiliate
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