CFL Players’ Association votes to reject tentative CBA: report

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The CFL Players’ Association has voted down the tentative collective bargaining agreement that was agreed upon by the league and union last week, according to TSN’s Dave Naylor.

According to sources, the tentative @CFL CBA has been voted-down by the membership. This, despite being approved by the bargaining committee and recommended by team player reps. It has been defeated. There is no CBA. #CFLPA #CFL

CFL players went on strike following the expiration of the previous CBA on Saturday, May 14, marking the first work stoppage in the CFL since 1974. They returned to work on Thursday, May 19 after a tentative agreement was made late the previous evening.

Though the tentative CBA was not posted publicly in its entirety, it reportedly included a substantial revenue sharing model between the league and the union, a change to the ratio allowing for up to three veteran Americans to rotate with Canadian starters, the reintroduction of padded practices, and the option for veterans to sign partially guaranteed contracts.

A number of players publicly voiced their concern that the union may vote against accepting the tentative agreement, including Montreal Alouettes’ linebacker Chris Ackie and B.C. Lions’ fullback David Mackie.