Minority vs Majority – Part 1

Aug 12, 2011

EDITOR’S NOTE: Dave has still been included in this ongoing local (Seattle) e-mail chain from yesterday as he’s still a dues-paying member of the NFLPA. We’re posting these four latest e-mail exchanges here in unedited format for viewing and we’re also posting a separate rebuttal in a second post (click HERE).
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From: Harrison, Nolan [mailto:Nolan.HarrisonIII@nflplayers.com]
Sent: Thursday, August 11, 2011 1:35 PM
Subject: RE: Former Player’s Benefit Increase?
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There will be an official benefits statement coming from both parties. A couple of things that were accidentally left out of the CBA summary (sorry, everyone is rushing to meet the memberships demand for information) was the improvements to Plan 88 more on workers comp and long term care.
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The .new Plan 88 pays:
$88,000 per year for in home care.
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$100,000 per year for institutional care. (amount increasing to $130,000 in 2016)
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Additionally:
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Workers Comp:
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The NFLPA fought for and won the ability to keep open the right to fight, under workers comp, for players to file in jurisdictions like California, even though they did not play for a California club. This could mean hundreds of thousands of dollars for former players who file and are awarded and keep the NFL from delaying awards.
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Long Term Care:
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Long term care policy continues throughout deal with it being included in the current player salary cap starting in 2016. The application window will be reopened and the NFLPA has the ability to renegotiate the terms of the contract in the coming years to be more favorable to THE WHOLE FORMER PLAYER POPULATION, which is what we advocated for in the beginning.
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Nolan Harrison III
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From: nick bebout
Date: Wed, Aug 10, 2011 at 5:30 PM
Subject: RE: Past benefit increases
To: Sam McCullum
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Sam—You’re exactly right. I have been so confused with the different groups—NFL, NFLPA, Retired Players Assoc., Dave Pear’s bunch, Brent Boyd’s bunch, Carl Eller’s bunch, Jeff Nixon’s bunch, Bruce Blaird’s bunch, NFL Retired Coaches bunch, His Bunch, Her Bunch, Our Bunch, They’re Bunch, Manning/Brady bunch,—–who do you believe/follow? We’ve got way to many engines trying to pull one long, weathered, tuff train uphill on a single track. We’ve got to ‘collectively’ pick one engine to pull/’lead us. How we do that I’m not sure, but one voice has to rise over the rest to proceed or we’ll never get over the ‘HILL’. Just some thoughts from Wyoming.
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Nick Bebout Atl 73–75, Sea 76-79, Minn 1980
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From: SMcCullum@advh2o.com
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Date: Wed, 10 Aug 2011 16:38:45 -0700
Subject: FW: Past benefit increases
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Folks:
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It seems that some of our former NFL members are not happy with the results of the most recently completed CBA, so the office sent this to remind folks that the active players have not forgotten those that have come before them.
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I also think this is in response to the bloggers that are still thinking they can get enough players to agree to not be represented by the NFLPA in the future. But I hope they realize that there are laws that govern these type of defined benefit programs, which are set for a least the next 10 years with the signed agreement. The need will be to work with current players and management to strengthen the relationship between the groups, to look for more ways to have our voice and concerns heard, not look for ways to divide.
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Sam McCullum
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From: Harrison, Nolan
Sent: Wednesday, August 10, 2011 3:49 PM
Subject: Past benefit increases
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With a new CBA now is a perfect time to review PAST pension improvements to give everyone context, the following covers 1987-2006.
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4/1987–negotiated inclusion of pre-59ers in the pension plan #NFLPA
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10/1992– 33-1/3% increase in monthly benefit for pre-59ers #NFLPA
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6/1993 – 40% increase in monthly benefit for Bert Bell participants (pre-59ers not yet in pension plan) #NFLPA
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6/1994– Pre 59ers included in Bert Bell pension plan, adding 906 players to plan #NFLPA
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6/1995–World War II years included for vesting, increasing credited seasons for 159 players #NFLPA
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5/1996 – Korean War and Vietnam years including for vesting, increasing credited seasons for 182 players #NFLPA
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3/1998–4 year players added to plan; 19% increase in monthly benefit for all retirees. #NFLPA
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1/2002 – min $200/month per season played ($800/month) retroactive 2 9/1/2001 for retirees 1920-1982 cost current players $110 million #NFLPA
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1/2003-injured reserve seasons prior to 1970 now counted towards vesting. Payments retroactive to 6/1/1998. #NFLPA
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6/2006-ben credit amounts increased 4 all current & former players Pensions increased 25% 4 pre1982 & 10% 4 post1982 w/min increase of $50/month #NFLPA
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Nolan Harrison III
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5 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. John Hogan
    August 12th, 2011 at 2:42 pm #

    John Hogan

    Hi Sam,

    I would like to point out another erroneous statement you have made: You indicated that benefits are set for the next 10 years. As a matter of fact, they CAN be amended by agreement of the parties at any time. In fact, the disability plan was amended several times between 2007 and 2010, due to the pressure brought to bear by Congress and numerous retirees who had been victimized by the system.

    John Hogan
    Disability Attorney
    Retired Football Player Advocate

  2. Burt Grossman
    August 12th, 2011 at 3:24 pm #

    Burt Grossman

    Sam is useless. I am surprised the NFLPA hasn’t put a gag order on him yet.

    Burt Grossman
    San Diego Chargers, Philadelphia Eagles
    1989 -1994

  3. Gregg Bingham
    August 12th, 2011 at 11:23 pm #

    Greg Bingham

    I’m with Burt but he also should have added, “What Sam said is also useless as some of us are dain-bramaged and can’t really make out what it is he said here. I don’t know about any of you other guys but I’m lost on what he’s trying to say…

    Gregg Bingham
    Houston Oilers
    1973 – 1984

  4. Burt Grossman
    August 13th, 2011 at 11:21 am #

    Burt Grossman

    He’s trying to tell us how great the NFLPA has treated us yet he included himself in the class action lawsuit against them contradicting his position. Then he accepted his payout from the settlement and then went back to telling everyone how great the NFLPA has represented us as soon as his check cleared.

    That should tell you what kind of man he is.

    Burt Grossman

  5. Rick Sanford
    August 13th, 2011 at 3:33 pm #

    Rick Sanford NE Patriots

    Could it be more obvious that Sam is telling us all how great the NFLPA is because he is working for them?

    Rick Sanford
    New England Patriots, Seattle Seahawks
    1979 – 1985