USW welcomes affiliation with United Football Players’ Association
PITTSBURGH, February 3, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The United Steelworkers (USW) today proudly announced their affiliation with the United Soccer Players Association (UFPA). Founded in 2020, the UFPA is made up of football players with experience in the National Football League, Arena League of American Football, XFL, Canadian Football League and others.
Together, the USW and UFPA will fight to represent professional athletes in United States Football League (USFL), XFL and other potential leagues that are not covered by contracts like those of the NFL Players’ Association and earn the benefits and protections of a union contract.
“Players’ workforce, hours and working conditions are areas where a union can make a difference and improving them will give everyone the opportunity to thrive,” said Ryan’s Cave, who has played eight seasons of professional football and has been representing players for ten years. “Whether it’s resolving payroll issues or dealing with injuries and workers’ compensation issues, players need a strong voice that the USW can help provide.
“My experience of playing through injuries between surgeries and helping other players through multiple league bankruptcies has shown that we cannot rely on the league to provide our job security and financial stability,” declared the president of the UFPA. Kenneth Farrow II, who played six seasons of professional football. “Joining a union to negotiate better treatment now is the single most important step we can take to raise our standard of living in the future.”
Farrow said a strong union can provide an outlet for players to discuss racism experienced both on and off the pitch and take collective action to break down the barriers that keep us divided.
“We stand together and are taking action to improve our working conditions, including travel accommodations, the condition of training facilities, schedules and other concerns,” the vice president of the UFPA. Nick Temple, who played seven seasons of professional football in several leagues. “Professional athletes deserve to be treated with dignity and respect at work by their employers, and the USW has been empowering workers to fight for fairness and justice for generations.”
Temple believes improving transparency around salaries and other concerns will better prepare players to make decisions and improve the league by retaining more and better players.
The USFL draft will take place later this month February 22 and 23, when eight teams select approximately 360 players.
The first league game of the season is scheduled for April 16, 2022in birmingham.
USW represents 850,000 men and women employed in manufacturing, metals, mining, pulp and paper, rubber, chemicals, glass, automotive supply, and energy-producing industries , as well as a growing number of workers in the technology, public sector and service sectors.
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SOURCE United Steelworkers (USW)