CFLPA becomes affiliate member of Canadian Labour Congress

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The Canadian Football League Players’ Association (CFLPA) has been accepted as an affiliate member by the Canadian Labour Congress, following a ratifying vote by the organization on Thursday.

“The CFLPA has a proud and successful 59-year history of advocating for fair and safe working conditions for our members and using our influence to help improve the lives of all workers across Canada,” CFLPA executive director Brian Ramsay said in a statement. “We’re very excited to formally affiliate to the CLC and bring our perspective and experience to the broader labour movement in Canada”.

The Canadian Labour Congress is the largest labour organization in Canada, helping support its 49 national and international affiliated unions. Founded in 1956, they help represent over three million workers in virtually all sectors, industries, occupations, and regions of the country, as well as over half a million retirees.

“This is a huge win and we’re thrilled to welcome the CFLPA to our team,” CLC president Bea Bruske said as part of the announcement. “This shows how the labour movement in Canada is constantly growing and diversifying, and our collective future is brighter with the addition of the CFLPA. There are over three million CLC affiliated workers who now stand in support of the CFLPA in their ongoing fight for respect, fair treatment, and equity for CFL players”.

The CFLPA represents approximately 650 members and has worked to protect the rights of all CFL players since 1965. In addition to negotiating and enforcing the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA), the CFLPA provides a variety of member services, builds corporate and community partnerships, and works diligently for the betterment of its membership.

“We are excited and proud to join the CLC team and the three million affiliated workers in Canada and internationally,” CFLPA President Solomon Elimimian said in a statement. “Just like on the playing field, there is strength in numbers and this alignment makes us all stronger in our ongoing work toward ensuring fair and respectful working conditions”.

The 2024 CFL season is slated to open on Thursday, June 6 when the Montreal Alouettes visit the Winnipeg Blue Bombers for a Grey Cup rematch.