CFL players to hold strike vote

The latest development in the CFL labour negotiations has the players’ association holding a strike vote.

The CFLPA sent an email to its members on Friday outlining the details of the vote to happen on the following Wednesday.

The memo:


On Wednesday April 24, 2019, the Canadian Football League Players’ Association (“CFLPA”) will be conducting a strike vote among members (as defined below). Members will be asked to vote on the following question:

YES – I authorize the CFLPA Bargaining Committee to call a strike if necessary.

NO – I do not authorize the CFLPA Bargaining Committee to call a strike if necessary.

Members can vote on Wednesday April 24, 2019. The polls will be open from 9:00AM-9:00PM Eastern Daylight Time.  You should check to see when the polls open and close in your time zone.

All players on the Roster, Injured Players’ List, Reserve List, and Practice Roster of a Member Club as of April 19, 2019 shall be eligible to vote.

The vote will be conducted online via secret ballot.   You will be receiving a voting package by email that will set out how and when you can vote.

If you have not yet provided your email address to the CFLPA or have not received a voting package by April 23rd, 2019, please contact the CFLPA office at [email protected].

If you have any questions regarding the negotiations or the strike vote, please do not hesitate to contact your player reps and/or the CFLPA office.”

On Wednesday, the CFLPA’s bargaining committee instructed players via a memo not to arrange travel to the league’s member clubs for training camp. The union informed players that the association does not intend to work past May 18th unless a new CBA can first be agreed upon.

The CFL made a unilateral decision to delay negotiations until April 29. B.C. Lions linebacker Solomon Elimimian said the union was prepared for any situation during the bargaining process.

Players reported to training camp in May of 2014 without a CBA in place, hurting the CFLPA’s leverage in negotiations. The players’ association does not want to make the same mistake twice.

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