SAN ANTONIO — The NFL Players Association said Thursday that it is considering a strike on Friday if it does not receive a settlement from the NFL Players Union.
The union said that it does “not have sufficient leverage” to force a union-mandated lockout, a position echoed by the NFLPA’s general counsel, Michael Bidwill.
Bidwill did not specify when a strike might occur, but it is expected to occur soon.NFLPA President DeMaurice Smith did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Smith told ESPN’s Chris Mortensen that “it’s a complicated situation, and we’re still trying to sort out everything, but at the same time, we’re going to be open-minded.”
The union’s latest grievance filed in January said the league failed to “provide adequate relief” for the health and safety of players, and that the league “has failed to address its own internal investigations, as required by the Collective Bargaining Agreement.”
The NFLPA also said that players are paying higher than the league’s negotiated minimum wage, and its members are being denied a fair share of the league salary cap.NFL Players Association President Demaurice St. James, left, talks to reporters on March 3, 2021, in San Antonio.
The union filed a grievance in January alleging that the NFL failed to provide adequate relief for players.
The NFLPA said players are being refused fair share in the salary cap and that it has been denied fair share.
The NFL said it had already agreed to pay about $500 million in compensation to players, which it said would be in line with previous payments of more than $1 billion.
The labor dispute has divided NFL players, who have long wanted the NFL to give them a share of its revenue.
The players union, however, has argued that the current collective bargaining agreement, which expires in 2019, does not address the issue.
The strike, expected to begin at 4 p.m.
ET Friday, could affect all 32 NFL teams, including the Miami Dolphins, Carolina Panthers, Philadelphia Eagles, New England Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs.