NFLPA rep Nate Solder to NFL: “no football” unless players kept safe
The NFL and the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) are still in the middle of deliberating in regards to the set terms and conditions once football operations resume. The development of the situation has raised some eyebrows from the players around the league as the two sides have yet to be on the same page.
If the NFL doesn’t do their part to keep players healthy there is no football in 2020. It’s that simple.
— Nate Solder (@soldernate) July 10, 2020
Sat in on the NFLPA call for an hour. Well I can tell u this. We have absolutely ZERO answers! 😩🤦🏾♂️
— Bruce Irvin (@BIrvin_WVU11) July 10, 2020
Some have critiqued these disapprovals as a threat of a strike by the players. Apart from the possibility of an illegal wildcat strike, the players union is concerned that a strike would give the league a chance to pull the plug on the still-new Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA). The league most likely would do so especially with the given financial uncertainties due to the COVID pandemic.
In the event of a strike, the union would be able to file an expedited grievance towards the NFL. It will challenge the overall safety conditions of the workplace for the players involved. The grievance would be triggered by the two sides failing to work out a deal as to the pandemic protocols for 2020, which would result in the league unilaterally implementing rules.
As the start of the season draws near, several safety guidelines have yet to be set in place. The rest of the league and its fans are still waiting whether the two sides will be able to agree on conditions by July 28.