The American Football Federation said it came up with proposals on Tuesday contract identical to player associations for national teamsmen and women, and the governing body has said it will refuse to accept a deal in which the World Cup prizes are not matched.
Unions for men and women are separate. Under federal labor law, they have no obligation to jointly negotiate or agree to similar terms.
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The contract The men's agreement expired in December 2018. The women's agreement runs until December.
"US Football firmly believes that the best way forward for everyone involved and for the 'The future of sport in the United States is a unique compensation structure for the two senior national teams, "the USSF said in a statement. is lying. "This proposal will ensure that USWNT and USMNT players remain among the highest-paid senior national team players in the world, while providing a revenue-sharing structure that would allow all parties to move on. to zero and collectively share the opportunity that combines investment in the future of American footballn will take place during a new CBA. "
The men's union did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Molly Levinson, spokesperson for the women's union, said declined to comment.
After the USSF last week asked the men's union to voluntarily match the World Cup bonus money paid to the federation by FIFA, former national team players male declined comment or did not respond to requests for comment.
Items currently in the women's contract, such as compensation for National Women's Soccer League players and leave and pay maternity and pregnancy, would not necessarily be withdrawn from the USSF 's proposals, the federation said.
Players led by Alex Morgan sued the USSF in March 2019 , claiming they were not paid fairly under their collective agreement compared to what the men's team receives by virtue of its agreement which expired in December 2018. The women claimed over $ 64 million in damages plus $ 3 million in interest under the Equal Pay Act and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 .
The U.S. District Judge R. Gary Klausner in Los Angeles rejected the salary request in May 2020, the women rejected a pay structure for playing similar to the men's deal and accepted sbase wings and higher social benefits than males. He allowed their allegation of discriminatory working conditions to be tried.
Women asked the 9th Circuit to overturn the trial court decision and put their salary claim back on track. A three-judge panel will likely hear oral argument at the end of this year or early 2022.
FIFA has awarded $ 400 million in cash prizes to the 32 teams at the 2018 Men's World Cup , including $ 38 million for the French champion. It awarded $ 30 million to the 24 teams at the 2019 Women's World Cup, including $ 4 million to the United States after the Americans won their second straight title.
FIFA has increased the total of $ 440 million for the 2022 Cup Men's World Cup, and its chairmannt, Gianni Infantino, have offered FIFA to double the women's prize to $ 60 million for the 2023 Women's World Cup, in which FIFA increased the number of teams to 32.
"US Soccer will not accept any collective agreement that does not take the important step of equalizing FIFA World Cup prizes," the federation said. "US Soccer believes that the best way to achieve these important goals is through associations of male and female players coming together to negotiate a contract. However, if the player associations choose to continue to negotiate separately as they do. 'have done so far, US Soccer will invite USWNTPA to participate in negotiations with USNSTPA and vice versa, in the interest of full transparency. "
Most federations base their payments to players for World Cups on FIFA amounts.
As part of their employment contract, the American men were awarded $ 55,000 each for being part of the 2014 World Cup roster, then split $ 4.3 million for gaining four points in the group stage and reaching the stage direct elimination. That's just under $ 187,000 per player.
The American women shared $ 862,500 for making the list and $ 2.53 million for winning the 2019 World Cup, which represents $ 147,500 per player. If they had performed on par with the men, the bonus for each under their contract would have been $ 37,500. The women also receive payments for a post-World Cup tour that they share: $ 350,000 per game if they win, $ 300,000 if they finish second, and $ 250,000 if they finish third.
Offers alsoalso different bonus structures for eligible.