The NFLPA did not vote during a conference call to ratify the comprehensive settlement and 10-year collective bargaining agreement.
In a e-mail to the player representatives, NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith took opposition to the owner’s approval.
Here’s the e-mail:
We received the NFL’s proposed procedure for finalizing a settlement,” Smith wrote. “Among other things, it demands that the players re-form as a union and provide evidence by Tuesday, July 26 that a majority of players have signed union authorization cards;
(2) Requires that the players also vote by Tuesday, July 26 to ratify a proposed CBA that would contain virtually all of the provisions of the old CBA along with the non-CBA items that class counsel and the NFL have agreed to in the Brady mediation; and
(3) Then gives the players only three days–Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday of next week–to try to bargain any changes to the old CBA. Any such changes would have to be agreed to by the owners in order to be incorporated into the Agreement, which would then become final on Saturday, July 30. If the NFL does not agree to the players’ proposed changes, the old CBA terms on benefits, discipline, safety, etc. will remain unchanged for another ten years.
–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog