United Steelworkers support Canadian Football League Players’ Association and denounce league behavior


TORONTO – The United Steelworkers (USW) union strongly supports members of the Canadian Football League Players’ Association who have been forced into a labor dispute as they seek to reach a fair collective agreement with the CFL.

“The United Steelworkers is committed to supporting the CFL Players Association to win this strike. We salute their courage and determination to give players a voice and respect for the work they do,” said USW National Manager Marty Warren.

“Our union denounces the actions of the CFL, which has chosen to provoke a labor dispute and attempt to undermine the players’ association, rather than continue negotiations in good faith, which the players have been seeking from the start,” Warren said.

“The United Steelworkers urge the CFL to return to the bargaining table and commit to bargaining in good faith with its most important asset – its players, who make Canadian football the great game loved and supported by fans everywhere. the country,” he added.

The AFLCP and United Steelworkers formed a “strategic alliance” in 2019 to strengthen unity of purpose between the two organizations. Through this alliance, the United Steelworkers is committed to providing assistance and resources to the CFTPA, including education, government relations advice, bargaining and campaign support.

About USW:

The United Steelworkers represents 225,000 members across Canada in almost every sector of the economy. Each year, thousands of workers choose to join the USW, recognizing the union for its strong record on health and safety, workers’ rights, securing good collective agreements and more.

About CFLPA:

The Canadian Football League Players’ Association is the union for professional football players in the Canadian Football League (CFL). Since 1965, the Association has worked to establish fair and reasonable working conditions while protecting the rights of all CFL players.


For more information:

Marty Warren, Steelworkers National Director, 416-544-5951
Shannon Devine, United Steelworkers Communications, 416-894-7118, [email protected]

Andrew B. Reiter