Russell Okung accuses NFLPA staff of “bad faith” in CBA negotiations

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Russell Okung, one of the most outspoken opponents of the proposed Collective Bargaining Agreement, filed an unfair labor practice charge with the National Labor Relations Board on Monday, Ken Belson of the New York Times reports.

The soon-to-be Panthers offensive tackle accuses the National Football League Players Association of negotiating the proposed deal in bad faith. Okung serves on the NFLPA Executive Committee, which negotiated the deal and then voted against approving the deal twice. Okung also is one of four candidates for NFLPA president.

The three-page filing accuses the union’s staff, including executive director DeMaurice Smith, of forcing a vote on the deal over the objection’s of the Executive Committee, in violation of the NFLPA’s constitution.

Okung also asserts that the union’s leadership tried to silence him about the “lack of transparency with the Executive Committee about the negotiations with NFL owners.”

The National Labor Relations Board is an independent federal agency tasked with guarding employee rights. It typically takes several weeks for the NLRB to investigate and decide if sufficient evidence exists to proceed with a formal complaint.

NFLPA spokesman George Atallah told Belson the union’s lawyers have not yet seen a copy of the filing.

The NFLPA announced earlier Monday that its board of player representatives voted to extend the deadline for voting on the proposed CBA by two days, from 11:59 p.m. ET on Thursday, March 12 to 11:59 p.m. ET on Saturday, March 14.

Owners approved the new 11-season deal last month.

8 responses to “Russell Okung accuses NFLPA staff of “bad faith” in CBA negotiations

  1. Delayed voting pisses me off. I want to get passed this proposal, one way or another. How long is the offer valid and is it date certain?

  2. Okung fighting hard….just against his own Union. The Vote for President of the union will be a referendum on the Executive and staff. Tomorrow’s vote will be telling on the direction of the NFLPA for next decade.

  3. You know the deal is good because the only players complaining are the veteran, set-for-life players like Sherman, Rodgers, Wilson, and Okung (who has made almost $100m in his 10 year career). Once again, the wealthy are being selfish and aren’t willing to help the guys who greatly contribute to their success.

  4. It sounds like he would be real fun to work with if he becomes President.

  5. Players fighting players. I hope this deal gets approved so I can watch Okung’s head explode. Like someone else mentioned, the only people complaining are those making big money. They don’t want more money funneling down to the less paid players. They want more of the pie and keep those guys making peanuts. After all, they really need all those extra millions.

  6. Between Eric Reid and now this guy, maybe we should change keeep pounding! to keeep litigating!

  7. It’s a microcosm of real life. The rich players who have made their money don’t care at all about the other guys. They never lift a finger to make their lives better. It’s all about them. And they use their celebrity pulpit to talk the peasants into voting against their best interests.

  8. This guy has no shot. He’s just a windbag who is completely out of touch with the members of his union.

    The owners share something like 48.5 to 51.5
    The rich players take much more than that from the grunts.

    Dak wants 16% of the Cowboys pie while leaving an average of about 1.6% for the other 50 guys. 6 Cowboys will make as much as the other 45 players combined.

    Who exactly are the greedy ones in this deal?

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