The NFLPA announced Tuesday it has filed a lawsuit against the league, alleging that the league “violated the collective bargaining agreements of the NFL and NFLPA by failing to adopt the NFL’s collective-bargaining proposals in the context of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, the CBA, and the NFLCPA” during the past decade.
The league’s plans, which include an expanded salary cap, the addition of new draft picks and a salary cap increase, are based on a “single-entity model” that doesn’t require any players to be part of the union.
Under the current plan, players can’t vote on matters of collective bargaining.
The NFL has been under court orders to fix the situation.
But with the new lawsuit, the league can’t make changes until 2019.
The players’ union has said that the changes it is filing are “necessary and appropriate” to improve the league.
The suit argues that the proposed reforms violate the collective-rights of players and that they violate the union’s rights under the U.S. Constitution and antitrust laws.
The union has argued that its plans are necessary and proper.
The lawsuit comes as the NFL is trying to resolve a lawsuit by the National Basketball Association over a proposed collective-bolstering agreement.
The NBPA is challenging the proposed collective bargaining plan, which is set to be finalized by the league on Wednesday.
The plan would increase the salary cap to $170 million in 2019, with the top 10 players in the league receiving a combined $90 million.
It’s the first time the NFL has brought a lawsuit over the cap increase.
The two sides are scheduled to meet in Detroit on Monday to discuss the cap issue.
The current collective bargaining proposal would see the top ten players in each league receive a combined total of $90.7 million.
The proposal has not been formally approved by the owners, but league officials are expected to take a position in coming weeks.
In a statement, NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said, “The NFL is committed to fair and equitable collective bargaining and we are confident that the union and the players will find a way to reach an agreement that protects all players.”
The NFL says the proposed cap increases are necessary to improve its competitive balance and keep the salary caps at $170.7 and $169.9 million, respectively.
It says that its collective bargaining strategy includes “extensive and rigorous” negotiations with the union, but added, “There is no doubt that this collective bargaining process will take some time and we expect the union to work collaboratively with the league and the Commissioner to achieve an agreement.”
In a letter to the NFL owners, the NBPA said the plan “would raise the salary limit for each team from $5.5 million to $6.2 million, a reduction of $5 million that would impact each team’s total salary cap.”
The union claims the salary increases would have a negative effect on players and their wages.
“The current salary cap and salary structure of the league have allowed teams to raise salaries at a pace that would increase salary caps for players, as well as make it harder for players to get raises,” the NBPPA wrote.
The NAB says that the plan would “increase the salary gap for NFL players by $10 million, and would negatively impact the ability of players to receive a salary increase.”
The NAC said the new proposal would have the same effect.
“This proposal would make it impossible for NFL teams to make a significant salary cap commitment to players,” the NAC wrote.