CFLPA set to launch formal bargaining process, negotiations to begin next month

The CFLPA is about to officially give formal notice to the league that it wants to begin the collective bargaining process, setting the stage for negotiations to finally begin.

In a letter sent to players on Wednesday, union executive director Brian Ramsay said the CFLPA will give “notice to bargain” on Feb. 15 and expect negotiations to begin in March.

“In January 2019, we met with the CFL and mutually agreed to begin bargaining in March,” Ramsay wrote. “By then, we will have concluded our Annual General Meeting (in late February) where we expect to finalize our bargaining package on behalf of all CFL players.”

Ramsay said the league and the union have been meeting for the last 15 months on a range of topics.

“Although these meetings are prescribed in the collective agreement, they were not previously done. The intentions of the meetings were to collectively agree on mutually beneficial issues,” Ramsay wrote. “This was the case, as we were able to find solutions on several issues, (reduction in padded practices, net vs gross calculations on player discipline and the Live Mic initiative for the 2018 season) that historically would have been addressed at the bargaining table.”

The current CBA expires on May 15, ending a five-year agreement that was ratified on June 13, 2014 – nearly a month after the original deadline.