CFLPA lets members know CBA negotiations for COVID-19 recovery plan, shortened season underway

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The CFL Players’ Association has let its union membership know collective bargaining agreements discussions with the league have begun.

The was a memo sent to all of the players:

We have been formally invited to sit down with the CFL to — quote from the CFL’s letter — “join the CFLPRC in CBA negotiations to work with us on a COVID Recovery Plan that will deal with 2021 and beyond and also address collective agreement amendments that may be required should there be a shortened season in 2020.”

We are exploring the parameters of those talks with the league with an aim to try and get back on the field. As with the last set of negotiations, we will keep you updated and informed directly and also through your elected player representatives.

On Thursday, June 11, CFLPA executive director Brian Ramsay called out commissioner Randy Ambrosie for not receiving concrete ideas regarding a collective agreement or about opportunities to get on the field this year amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The league’s current CBA doesn’t expire until the end of the 2021 season, but there will need to be a modified agreement to accommodate a potential shortened 2020 campaign.

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