CFL Players’ Association Reportedly Votes Against New ABC

Just days after teams were able to kick off training camps which had been delayed by a strike by the players’ union over collective bargaining measures, the tentative agreement that appeared to be in place is no longer in sight

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As soon as it finally got started, it looks like the 2022 Canadian Football League schedule could be knocked down.

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Just days after teams were able to kick off training camps that had been delayed by a players’ union strike over collective bargaining measures, the tentative deal that appeared to be in place is no longer in sight .

“A settlement offer you considered has been rejected,” read a letter sent by the CFL Players’ Association to its members Monday night and obtained by Postmedia. “We are actively talking with your player representatives this evening, and you will receive communication shortly.”

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Monday marked the same time the league was originally scheduled to open its preseason schedule with a game between the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and the Saskatchewan Roughriders. But that ended up being postponed by the initial strike, beginning Sunday, May 15, which disrupted the seven teams’ training camps outside of Alberta, where labor laws did not allow Edmonton Elks or Calgary Stampeders to immediately join the rest of the union until later.

Neither team had missed a moment of training camp at the time of the vote.

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“According to sources, the draft CFL ABC has been rejected by the members,” TSN’s David Naylor reported Monday night. “This, despite the approval of the bargaining committee and the recommendation of the team player representatives. He was defeated. There is no ABC.

The ‘no’ vote means the players can resume the strike, putting them back to square one, although the two sides reached a preliminary agreement on Wednesday on what was expected to be a seven-year deal. Not only does this threaten the rest of the preseason schedule, which is due to start on Friday, but potentially the regular season, which is due to start on June 9.

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