The NFL Players Association is set to vote on whether or not to formally endorse a union and possibly a union-like structure that would make it easier for players to form a union, sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith told ESPN last month that “we’re not there yet,” but he has since said that he hopes the union will formally endorse the league’s collective bargaining agreement before the end of the season.
“We are hopeful that we’ll get that endorsement before the season ends,” Smith told Schefter last month.
“We’re hoping that this could be the tipping point for the players to get on board.
The players have been very vocal in wanting that endorsement, and we’re hopeful that it happens.”
The players are set to formally announce their union in mid-September.
The players would be expected to have an even larger percentage of their salaries in a union compared to the current CBA, which gives players a pay raise and a guaranteed salary increase of at least 5 percent each year.
They would also be expected have the right to collectively bargain with other players, which would allow them to negotiate higher wages and better benefits.
The current CPA also provides players with guaranteed pension benefits and health care benefits.