CFLPA invites fans for ‘show of solidarity’ outside Tim Hortons Field

Photo courtesy: Bob Butrym

The Canadian Football League Players’ Association is inviting CFL fans in and around the Hamilton area to join them for a demonstration of unity on Tuesday morning.

Players will be on hand from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. ET on Melrose Avenue outside of Tim Hortons Field for what they’ve called a “a show of solidarity to demand the Canadian Football League gets back to the bargaining table.”

Union members were locked out of club facilities in seven of nine CFL cities on Sunday following the expiration of the league’s collective bargaining agreement. Some players have elected not to report to their teams, while those who have are being housed and fed by their respective employers until the strike comes to an end.

Players in B.C., Saskatchewan, Winnipeg, Hamilton, Toronto, Ottawa, and Montreal are currently on strike, while players in Calgary and Edmonton are set to join them once they are permitted to do so under Alberta employment law on Wednesday.

The CFLPA has told the league that are willing to meet “anywhere and at any time” in order to return to the bargaining table to ensure the 2022 season goes ahead as scheduled.