June 10th, 2021
CFLPA Ratifies Memorandum of Agreement to Make it Possible for Game Play in 2021
Toronto - The CFLPA is pleased to announce that it has ratified a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with the CFL on amendments to the existing collective bargaining agreement (CBA) that will make it possible for games to be played in 2021.
The CFL Board of Governors must now vote on the ratified MOA on Monday, June 14. The CFLPA Bargaining Committee, including members of the executive, counsel and various player reps, have been actively meeting and negotiating with the CFL for the past four months to amend the existing CBA with an aim to play as many games as possible in 2021. On Wednesday, June 9, the CFLPA Bargaining Committee presented a memorandum of agreement to CFLPA player representatives who reviewed and ratified the agreement in accordance with the CFLPA constitution.
The CFLPA has provided frequent and regular updates to the entire membership throughout the pandemic, including during MOA negotiations. As recently as last Friday, the CFLPA detailed critical dates for members should the season begin August 5 - which includes a scenario where a 7-day home quarantine would start for all CFLPA members on June 25 and training camps could begin on July 10. These plans are contingent upon the CFL Board of Governors voting on Monday, June 14 to commence the 2021 season.
"We've done everything we can as a union and as players to lay the groundwork needed for us to play a safe 2021 season and now the CFL Board of Governors has an opportunity to do their part. I would like to thank our bargaining committee and the player representatives, as well as the CFL, for working hard to get us to a point where we believe we have a good and fair agreement in place for the players and for the game."
- Solomon Elimimian, President of the CFLPA (member of the CFLPA Bargaining Committee)
"The memorandum of understanding that was presented to the player representatives was endorsed by our bargaining committee and is a fair agreement that represents the direction and needs of the CFLPA membership. We eagerly anticipate the CFL now making the right decision to get the season going while maintaining the highest player safety standards. The entire CFLPA bargaining committee has worked very hard to get us to this point and presented an agreement to the player representatives that has the very best interest of the players in mind. The pandemic hasn't been easy for anyone in the CFL - and I can tell you that it has been especially hard on the players and their families. This MOA represents another big step toward getting us all back to work so that we can safely get back on the field this season."
- Brian Ramsay, Executive Director of the CFLPA (Vice-Chair of the CFLPA Bargaining Committee)
About the CFLPA:
The Canadian Football League Players' Association (CFLPA) 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. In addition to negotiating and enforcing the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA), the CFLPA provides a variety of member services, builds corporate and community partnerships and works diligently for the betterment of its membership. Find us online at cflpa.com.
For more information:
Jason Langvee, CFLPA Office, firstname.lastname@example.org, 1-800-616-6865