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CFL, Players’ Union finalize provisional employment contract and end strike

TORONTO — The Canadian Football League and its players’ union have reached an interim agreement on a new labor contract that will end the second strike in CFL history, the league said Wednesday night.

The contract is subject to ratification by both the CFL Board of Directors and the CFL Players’ Association, but the expectation is that players will check in with their teams on Thursday and complete a walkthrough.

The CFLPA said in a memo to its members that the strike had ended.

“We will inform the league that we have approved a memorandum of agreement and ended our strike,” the union said. “We believe clubs want to start training camp soon and players should expect to hear from them.”

The new wage agreement comes four days after players from seven of the league’s nine sides failed to show up for the start of training camp.

Talks between the league and the union broke off on Saturday.

The previous contract, originally signed in 2019 and amended for a truncated 21 season, expired at midnight on Saturday, leaving the players of the seven squads in a legal strike position.

Players from the Edmonton Elks and Calgary Stampeders reported to camp because they were not in a legal strike position under Alberta labor laws. Those players would have been eligible to leave the job on Thursday.

The regular season begins June 9 with the Montreal Alouettes in Calgary taking on the Stampeders.

The previous CFL strike in 1974 was also settled before the season began.

https://nypost.com/2022/05/19/cfl-players-union-make-tentative-labor-deal-ending-strike/ CFL, Players’ Union finalize provisional employment contract and end strike

JOE HERNANDEZ

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