Chiefs Vote For Union Decertification

From the Truman Sports Complex

Meeting with NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith and other officials from the union on Monday afternoon, Chiefs players voted unanimously for union decertification if needed.

The NFLPA and the league owners are  in collective bargaining talks towards a new agreement. The current contract expires at the end of the 2010 season. Decertification is a method the union can use to either block an owners’ lockout or to stop the imposition of new work rules by the league.  By decertifing, the NFLPA would force the league to keep current rules on player acquisition, movement and retention.  The union then would sue the league, arguing that the imposition of standard rules regarding player acquisition and retention among 32 different business units is a violation of anti-trust laws.

What decertification would mean  is  the union technically will no longer be a “union” but a “trade association” instead. That changes the legal landscape.

The union applied the same approach after the failed strike of 1987. They took the league to court and ultimately that’s what led to the free agency/salary cap process that began in 1993 and has ran through the 2009 season. In this current season, there is  no salary cap.

The Chiefs became the 14th team in the NFL to vote on the decertification process. It’s been approved by all 14. The next vote among the other 18 teams will come on Wednesday in Chicago.

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