The Latest on the NFL Players’ strike action and the NFL’s response to it (all times local):4:20 p.m.
The NFL Players Association is trying to convince the NFL to strike while the players are in union negotiations, arguing that the players’ demands for better safety measures are a step too far and that it is not necessary to take a union strike while players are negotiating the terms of a new collective bargaining agreement.
Pregnant woman’s outfit article NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith and the union’s leadership have issued a letter urging NFL owners to immediately strike while negotiating the new CBA with the players.
In the letter, the union says it is “very disappointed” by the NFLPA’s efforts to “pursue union negotiations” while players in union talks are “unhappy” about their work.
“While our members have not yet reached a decision, our members believe that the NFL is not making the best decisions when it comes to safety at work and in our communities,” Smith said in a statement.
“They also believe that this lockout should not be extended.”
Smith said the union will “continue to fight for meaningful and comprehensive safety reforms that will help prevent injuries and protect the health of our players and our fans.”
“We also believe in the need for an agreement that includes a reduction in players’ union dues,” he added.
“The players have repeatedly said that they do not want union dues to increase in the future.”
Smith’s letter was first reported by ESPN.