CHICAGO (AP) — The U.S. Soccer Federation and its women’s national team union are set to negotiate Thursday after their collective bargaining agreement expired in a bid to reach an equal pay agreement.
The parties announced in December that they had agreed to a three-month extension of a working agreement which was originally set to expire on December 31. The terms of the expiring agreement will remain in effect under the status quo.
The American men played under the terms of an agreement that expired on December 31, 2018.
“For the past two weeks, US Soccer and player association representatives from our US senior men’s and women’s national teams have participated in all-day collective bargaining sessions,” the US Soccer Federation said in a statement on Wednesday. .
“These positive and constructive meetings took place in person in Chicago and Washington, D.C. The discussions, which included the equalization of FIFA World Cup prizes and a first-ever revenue sharing framework as part of each respective employment agreement, are complex and require significant due diligence on the part of all parties. Nevertheless, we believe that we are closer than ever to reaching agreements on these issues.
“In order to ensure sufficient time to reach a fair and equitable agreement, the parties have mutually agreed to continue negotiations until April, with the aim of reaching an agreement as soon as possible.”
Women’s team players who had sued the federation reached a settlement last month in which the players would split $22 million and the federation would establish a $2 million fund to benefit the players in their post-career careers. football and their charitable efforts to develop the sport. for women. The settlement, ending a six-year legal battle, is subject to collective agreements with unions that separately represent women and men.
“Recent meetings between the federation and the USWNT Women’s Players Association have been productive, and we look forward to continued negotiations in April with a view to reaching an agreement as soon as possible,” the women’s union said. in a press release.
The men’s union did not respond to a request for comment.
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