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THE CFL'S IMPASSE

The league and CFLPA broke off talks Thursday after the two sides exchanged proposals and were unable to reach an agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement. The last CBA expired at 10:59 p.m. on Thursday.

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The CFLPA has instructed players to report and attend training camps this weekend "in good faith" until it reviews all its options but is prepared to strike. Said CFLPA president Scott Flory in a letter to players: "After the votes are conducted in Alberta (where labour laws prevent a strike from occurring until 72 hours notice is given) we will then ALL serve strike notice and strike together."

The league, in turn, wants the CFLPA to take its latest offer -- calling it their best offer -- to the players for a vote.

In the meantime, no further talks have been scheduled.

What's Next

Flory's directive to the union members included direction of what would happen if the players left the field for the picket line.

"Whenever the action takes place we will be banding together and logistically we will find a solution for all of our members," he wrote Thursday. "This may include leaning on the veterans, alumni and friends of the PA for billeting our players that do not have a place to stay or cannot afford a place of their own."

THE CFLPA OFFER

The key elements in the CFLPA proposal include a salary cap that starts at $5.8 million and increases three per cent per year with a minimum floor of $4.8 million that rises in correlation with the cap. The players have also agreed to drop their demand of revenue being tied to the cap for the first two years of the deal.

If, after the second year, there has been a league-wide increase of revenue exceeding $12 million the parties will renegotiate the cap or the CBA will terminate at the end of that season. The CFLPA proposal also called for a one-time ratification bonus of $15,000 per veteran which would equate to around $600,000 per team based on 40 veterans per club.

THE CFL OFFER

The league's offer calls for a cap of $5 million with ratification bonuses of $5,000 per veteran and $1,500 per rookie which averages out around $250,000 per team. The cap would rise at a rate of $50,000 per season over a term of five years plus an option and would have a similar revenue growth protection clause that would kick in at $27 million as early as 2016 in the third year of the agreement.

Last year's salary cap was set at $4.4 million.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition May 30, 2014 C1

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