CFL & PA are still at odds

Hamilton, ON, Canada / AM900 CHML

So, now what?

The CFL and the Players’ Association remain at odds following the latest round of negotiations on a new collective bargaining agreement.

The current CBA has officially expired, and two days of labour talks have broken off.

That’s despite the union pulling its revenue sharing plan off the table Thursday and replaced it with a so-called “Revenue Protection Clause,” which calls for a fixed salary cap for at least two years.

The PA’s proposal was in response to the CFL’s offer on Wednesday, which commissioner Mark Cohon called its “best and final offer.”

Training camps start this Sunday and the union has told its players to report, meaning the Ticats will indeed be at McMaster this weekend.

But for how long remains unknown.

If the CBA negotiations drag into mid-June, will the players play in the preseason games?

I’m thinking they won’t, that’s the union’s biggest bargaining chip.

All I know is, as a fan of the game, I just want both sides to get a deal done.

Statement from CFL Commissioner Mark Cohon after talks broke off Thursday:

“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.”

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