The OTHER News from the NFLPA Conference
All the news from the Annual NFLPA meeting in Maui has been focused entirely on the election of DeMaurice Smith as its new Executive Director. We’ll be posting some commentary about that shortly. In the meantime, here are some details now emerging on business-as-usual from that same meeting. Oh – and in case you didn’t know, the retired players have no true representation whatsoever: No seats on the Board or the Steering Committee and absolutely NO votes.
NFLPA Disrespects Retired Players Chapter Presidents and Steering Committee Members!
The NFLPA Retired Players Chapter Presidents proposed the following resolutions at the recent NFLPA Convention on Maui. The President of the Steering Committee, Jean Fugett, made the presentation. All three of the resolutions were turned down. Well – Surprise, Surprise, Surprise!
Why do our Brothers on the Steering Committee and the Retired Player Chapter Presidents keep wasting their time? Why don’t they come on over and join the Independent Players in this fight? At least they would be respected at our table.
Independent Players Advocate
I. Resolution to encourage the NFLPA to resolve and settle the Adderley lawsuit through negotiation or mediation, if necessary. REJECTED!
II. Resolution to request the NFLPA to include on its Executive Committee two (2) non-voting NFLPA retired players. REJECTED!
III. Resolution to support the NFLPA active players in their negotiation of a new Collective Bargaining Agreement with the understanding that retired player benefits will be increased as they have always been increased in the past whenever a new CBA is negotiated. REJECTED!