NFLPA to players: NFL memo regarding pandemic protocols was sent without union approval

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To the extent that the NFL and NFL Players Association are discussing procedures for players returning to work during the pandemic, the union contends that Sunday’s memo to all teams establishing specific protocols was sent without NFLPA approval.

“Some of you have been contacted by your clubs about coming back into the facility to workout, or rehab, citing a memo from the NFL,” the communication to all players from the NFLPA explains. “We write to inform you that we do NOT have an agreement to allow additional players to come back into the facilities at this point, and the League’s memo was sent to Clubs without the approval of your union.”

The union reiterates that players undergoing active medical treatment or rehab are permitted to be at the facility, and nothing more.

“We advise that you stay home and stay safe during this time as we continue to work through return-to-work protocols to keep you safe,” the message states.

This specific incident is a reminder of the ever-present potential for miscommunications, misunderstandings, and flat-out disagreements regarding any and all potential terms relating to players showing up for practices, meetings, games, etc. Ultimately, the NFL will go the way of the NBA or the NHL, which is on track to return to action, or Major League Baseball, which could end up losing the entire season over an inability between labor and management to strike an acceptable deal.

13 responses to “NFLPA to players: NFL memo regarding pandemic protocols was sent without union approval

  1. Just so I understand, we’re at risk to catch covid if we go to church or out to vote but not at risk if we protest, riot or practice football? These cherry picked partisan guidelines make it difficult understand.

  2. Oh great – now we have to have an agreement to allow players to come back into the facilities?? Typical union bottleneck again.

  3. HagemeisterPark says:
    June 8, 2020 at 1:57 pm
    Oh great – now we have to have an agreement to allow players to come back into the facilities?? Typical union bottleneck again.
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    It’s called a Collective Bargaining Agreement. What don’t you understand?

  4. NFLPA/NFL Contract; I meant to reference, does not require the union approval to have its employees come to work.

  5. chawk12thman says:
    June 8, 2020 at 2:24 pm
    NFLPA/NFL Contract; I meant to reference, does not require the union approval to have its employees come to work.
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    It does required mutually agreed safe working conditions.

  6. Lots of folks out there that cannot stand the fact that a bunch of young black men have leverage in a contractual agreement.

  7. stay safe before you go play an nfl game, c’mon, they’re under under contracts too btw

  8. stubborndata says:
    June 8, 2020 at 4:25 pm
    Lots of folks out there that cannot stand the fact that a bunch of young black men have leverage in a contractual agreement

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    Well, the Americans who won’t be attending these games nor watching will put a huge dent in their pocketbooks. Then you’ll find out the real truth:

    Greenbacks Matter

  9. Solution: NFL owners cancel the season;; take a break. While at it cancel MLB, NCAA football and basketball, NBA…I am so sick of this that I can easily do without any of this “sports” and am about to change my DirecTV subscription to eliminate ESPN, FS1, SEC, BTN, NFL Network, NBC Sports. So-called “Sports” talk shows nothing but political blabbermouth shows now! Really have gone from football addict to totally don’t give a damn if they all go away!

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