New CBA ratified by CFL players

The new collective bargaining agreement has been ratified by the Canadian Football League Players’ Association.

There was a 74 per cent approval from players for ratification.

The union sent a memo to its members detailing the major terms of the new collective bargaining agreement last Friday. But in a surprising turn of events the CFL and the CFLPA re-opened negotiations on the new collective bargaining agreement Saturday with the players fully prepared to strike if there was no deal in place by midnight eastern time.

At 11:30 p.m. Saturday night, the players’ association sent a memo to all of its members:

Never before have the players in this League been as unified as they are today.

Thanks to the powerful mandates, as directed by the players, and the unity demonstrated by all, we have been able to navigate the discrepancy in the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA).
The language in the MOA is now agreed upon and is exactly what we communicated to you earlier. We are now prepared to sign and move forward with our unanimous endorsement for the tentative collective agreement.

And the league put out a statement:

The CFL and the CFLPA have agreed to a Memorandum of Agreement which contains the terms of a new collective agreement. This Agreement is subject to ratification by the players and the League’s Board of Governors. 

After a conference call, the original deal between the CFL and its players was back in place. That pact has been voted on and agreed to by the entire union membership.

Justin Dunk is a football insider, sports reporter and anchor.