Players Union: "If we need to strike, we will"

The MLS Players' Union voted in resounding favor of a strike if a new collective bargaining agreement isn't reached before the start of the season -- which is only two weeks away.  According to the Washington Post, 350 players voted in favor of a strike -- with only two opposing a potential work stoppage. 

This news comes after the league and players held two days of negotiations facilitated by a federal mediator in Washington D.C.  The sides said that they will continue talking, though no specifics were provided. 

Really, everything that can be said about the issue already has been.  If this season doesn't start on time, it would flat-out stink.  MLS has been steadily growing as a league throughout its existence and it would be a shame to see it take a step backward in this World Cup year.  But the players want their rights and the owners want to make money, so you can't really blame either side for sticking to its guns.  All we can hope is that something gets worked out in the next two weeks.  For now though, it doesn't look too good. 

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  • I will be pretty disappointed if the season doesn't start on time, myself and 2 friends have already booked flights, hotels and purchased tickets for the match in NJ, not too mention the 100+ of other Fire fans headed there, I'd be really, really angry.

  • In reply to JohnG:

    More like 200+.....

  • In reply to JohnG:

    More like MLS players want their privileges and owners don't want to lose more money than they already are.

  • In reply to cweimers:

    Agreed. Owners have the upper hand in this situation and I bet they wont lose very much money if there is a strike. Im sure glad I didnt buy my season tickets yet.

  • In reply to JohnG:

    Same. We planned our whole spring break around that game. Let me just say it right now, and get it off my chest. Here foes:
    (begin rant) "PLAYERS! IT'S NOT WORTH IT START THE STUPID SEASON ON TIME SO THAT YOU DONT KILL THIS LEAGUE AND EITHER HAVE TO PLAY IN THE USL OR WORK THE DRIVE THRU AT MCDONALDS!"(end rant)

  • In reply to JohnG:

    Would be sick If there was a strike but I hope the players win their basic rights. Money is not the issue, and the owner's arguments about costs ignore the salary cap and are in bad faith. Even their figures on increased spending included 3 expansion teams and was meant to mislead.

  • In reply to JohnG:

    This offseason:
    All our good players leaving...
    Some of our good players returning...
    Coach not fired?
    Coach let go...
    Anyone gonna be our coach?
    Some dude's gonna be our coach...
    Dude's bringing a new player with him...
    maybe...
    new guy signs...
    Polish dude coming here...
    what's the holdup...
    finally, an announcement...
    Dutch dude's coming here...
    well actually he's on trial...
    lockout?
    no lockout...
    strike?
    no strike...
    Dutch dude scores!
    Dutch dude not signed yet...
    Dutch dude scores again!
    Dutch dude still on trial..
    Dutch dude scores again!
    Dutch dude going back to Europe.
    Dutch dude still on trial...
    Dutch dude signed!
    strike?
    ...

  • In reply to JohnG:

    200+?! I still will enjoy New York but if it hadn't been the Fire's first game, I wouldn't have planned the trip. Not to mention I'm jonesin hard for my Fire fix, there better not be a strike. The players deserve their rights and owners need to protect their interests but the existence of the league and the continued growth of a fan base is in the best interest for both the players and the owners.

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