In US soccer, players officially sign equal pay agreements

In US soccer, players officially sign equal pay agreements

Representatives of the U.S. men’s and women’s national teams signed their historic collective bargaining agreements with U.S. Soccer on Tuesday, officially ending a long and sometimes bitter fight over equal pay.

The federation announced in May that it had reached separate agreements with the players’ union on contracts that run until 2028. The new contracts include a similar salary structure for appearances and tournament wins, revenue sharing and equal distribution of World Cup prize money.

The signing ceremony took place after the women’s friendly against Nigeria at Audi Field in Washington, with Labor Minister Marty Walsh in attendance.

“I have to give a lot of credit to everyone involved, the women’s national team and their PA (players’ association), the men’s national team and their PA, and everyone at U.S. Soccer. U.S. Soccer President Cindy Parlo-Kun, a former national team player herself, said many people who helped, who worked together to make this happen. On board with equal pay.

After years of fighting for equal pay and treatment, USA Women filed a federal gender discrimination lawsuit against U.S. Soccer in 2019. The case attracted international attention and prompted fans to chant “equal pay”. When the United States won the Women’s World Cup final in France.

In February, the two sides settled the case, with US Soccer agreeing to pay the women $24 million. But the settlement was contingent on both teams reaching new labor agreements.

The men played under the terms of a CBA that expired in December 2018. The women’s CBA expired at the end of March, but negotiations continue after the lawsuit was settled.

The main point of discussion was the World Cup prize money, which is determined by how many teams advance in soccer’s most prestigious tournament. While the U.S. women have back-to-back World Cup titles on the international stage, FIFA’s disparity in prize money means they took home far less than the male winners. US women receive $110,000 bonus for winning 2019 World Cup; The US men would have earned $407,000 if they had won in 2018.

The union agreed to collect FIFA payments for the men’s World Cup later this year and next year’s Women’s World Cup, as well as the 2026 and 2027 tournaments.

Because the men’s national team players are currently in league play, the CBA was signed by USNSTPA Executive Director Mark Levenstein. Women’s players Crystal Dunn, Becky Sorbron and Sam Mewis also signed, along with USWNTPA Executive Director Becca Rooks.

Sauerbrunn addressed the crowd.

“I want to thank all of you guys for the support, all the social media posts, the messages of support, the really funny times of equal pay chants, showing up at our games. You guys make a difference and you really make a difference in the world. are the best fans,” she said.

Former players Christian Lilly, Briana Scurry and Lori Lindsay also attended the on-field ceremony after the United States beat Nigeria 2-1.

Accepting the CBAs, a federal judge approved the settlement in August. A hearing for finalization is scheduled for December.

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