USFL players vote to unionize

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The USFL didn’t want its players to unionize. The USFL didn’t get what it wanted.

Via Sportico.com, the USFL’s players voted on Monday to appoint the United Steelworkers as their exclusive bargaining representative. The unionization vote prevailed by a ratio of more than 2-to-1.

While the involvement of a union will make it more expensive to do business, it will result in greater benefits for players, from pay to other workplace conditions. And it’s necessary, given that football players are wired to accept whatever terms are offered in order to have the ability to play football.

The successful unionization of the USFL could mean that, next year, a similar effort will commence to organize the XFL’s workforce.

Young athletes who are interested in taking advantage of any and every opportunity to make a career out of pro football can easily be exploited and mistreated and ultimately not given a fair piece of the pie that their efforts are generating. (Case in point — college football.) It’s good that they’ll have the collective protection afforded by membership in a union.

8 responses to “USFL players vote to unionize

  1. And the USFL is now going to be done. They didnt have enough time to build enough capital to support a union. Dumb move.

  2. The players are risking serious and permanent physical and mental/neural damage for peanuts and deserve better than what they’re getting. What they need is long term medical insurance so it’s not the taxpayers who will foot the bill for their rehab and/or disability costs.

  3. I guess the star players in USFL will be able to try and unionize XFL next season after USFL fails.

  4. oldgrouch says:
    June 7, 2022 at 11:51 am
    The players are risking serious and permanent physical and mental/neural damage for peanuts and deserve better than what they’re getting. What they need is long term medical insurance so it’s not the taxpayers who will foot the bill for their rehab and/or disability costs.
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    They are playing because it pay a heck of a lot more than flipping burgers

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