Unions for the US women’s and men’s national teams have not committed to agreeing to a single pay structure proposed by the US Soccer Federation, the head of the federation said in a letter to fans. Tuesday.
The federation’s board declined to move forward with a deal structure agreed last spring by the men’s union with USSF Executive Director Will Wilson, a person familiar with the talks said, speaking on condition of anonymity. That structure was only agreed upon after the men threatened to strike ahead of the CONCACAF Nations League final. On June 6, the person said.
USSF President Cindy Parlow Coen and Wilson, speaking during a media conference call on Tuesday, declined to go into details of what happened.
“As with any conversation, there’s a lot of work to be done,” Wilson said.
The federation went public with its prize money offer in September and met jointly in November with the two unions, which are not obligated under federal law to reach equal collective bargaining agreements.
“What we’re talking about here is equal prize money, equal game bonuses, equal commercial revenue-sharing agreements,” Parlo Cone said. “But will there be a difference in the contracts? Yes, because the teams are different and their needs are also different.
The US Women’s National Team Players Association and the US National Soccer Team Players Association declined to comment.
Former national team player Parlo Cone became USSF President in March 2020 When Carlos Cordeiro stepped down The women’s national team players who claimed to have filed legal papers by the group’s lawyers had less physical ability and responsibility than their male counterparts.
Cordeiro announced last week that he was running to get the job. From Parlo Cone When the National Council of the USSF Meets in Atlanta on March 5
“I think we should continue to look forward, not backward,” Parlo Cone said. “I feel that I have led the organization with integrity and honesty. … We have made a lot of achievements in very challenging times, and so I am hoping that the membership will see what we have done. And Is it done? No, not at all. There’s a lot of work to do, and we have a lot more we want to accomplish. I want to be a president who isn’t constantly battling COVID.”
The players of the women’s team sued the federation in March 2019, claiming that under their collective bargaining agreement they were not paid equitably to the men’s team as compared to the amount received under its agreement.
US District Judge R. Gary Klausner Gave a Brief Judgment To the federation on the salary claim and the parties settled part of the suit Alleged discriminatory working conditions.
The players have appealed against the pay decision, and oral arguments are set before the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals. on 7 March
“This lawsuit isn’t a positive thing for anything that we’re doing, quite honestly, and it has contributed to a lot of negative things happening and saying,” Parlo Con said. “The litigation obviously makes the CBA negotiations a little more challenging, but we’re still on a positive path.”
FIFA awarded $400 million in prize money to 32 teams at the 2018 Men’s World Cup, including $38 million to champions France. It awarded $30 million to the 24 teams at the 2019 Women’s World Cup, including $4 million to the US after the Americans won their second straight title.
FIFA has raised the total for the 2022 Men’s World Cup to $440 million, and its president, Gianni Infantino, has proposed to FIFA doubling the women’s prize money for the 2023 Women’s World Cup to $60 million, with FIFA has increased the teams to 32.
“Until FIFA resolves this itself, we will have to find a way to equalize the World Cup prize money,” Parlo Cone said.
Women’s Collective Bargaining Agreement Expires on March 31 as part of a three-month extension, men’s agreement Expired in December 2018.
Comments: Parlo Cone said the USSF is moving forward with studies for a national training center, which he hopes can take place before the 2026 World Cup. Cordeiro also favors a training center.
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