The NFL has filed a grievance against the NFL Players Association, accusing the union of improperly recommending running backs as a contract negotiation tactic with its teams to fake injuries.
The non-infringement complaint was filed last week and is being resolved by an arbitrator. She accuses the NFLPA of violating provisions of the collective bargaining agreement between the league and the union.
The complaint does not accuse any running back of inappropriate behavior, a person familiar with the situation said Monday.
The NFL’s complaint seeks “an order to the union to cease and desist from such inappropriate conduct and such other remedies as the arbitrator deems appropriate,” the league told the owners, who sit on the Executive Committee of the Management Council. which is responsible for labor negotiations with the union, in a memo.
“Since last summer and throughout training camp, NFL Players Association leadership, including President JC Tretter, has consistently advised NFL players dissatisfied with their current contracts to consider faking or exaggerating injuries “to refuse service to increase their influence in contract negotiations,” the NFL wrote in the memo, a copy of which was obtained by The Washington Post.
The memo continued: “We have become aware of a formal NFLPA Zoom event with certain NFL running backs at which this advice was conveyed.” This behavior is a clear violation of the union’s best practices agreement to endeavor to faithfully comply with the terms and conditions of the union [CBA]’ and ‘to ensure that the terms of all NFL player contracts are fully complied with by players.’ “The Union’s conduct is also reckless, as any player who follows this advice and improperly denies benefits under his player contract will be subject to disciplinary action and financial liability in accordance with the CBA, club rules and/or the player’s contract.”
The NFLPA said in a statement: “Your complaint is ridiculous and baseless.”
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