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Alex Morgan: new contract must not reduce existing compensation


Alex Morgan says the United States Women’s National Team needs to make sure players don’t lose any of their existing compensations under identical contract offers the American Football Federation has made for the men’s and women’s teams.

But the team is hoping for a new collective agreement that will address players’ concerns about fair pay, she said.

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“We have yet to discuss the statement made by US Soccer. But any public commitment to equal pay is good,” Morgan said Wednesday. “However, we have to look line by line at what they actually deliver, because if you have equality but it’s not even what we’ve had before, or how valuable we are, then we still consider that that’s not good enough. “

US Soccer said on Tuesday it had offered identical contracts to player associations for the men’s and women’s national teams. But the governing body has also said it will refuse to accept a deal in which the World Cup prize money is not matched.

The offers are the federation’s latest salvo to meet the demands of the highly successful women’s team for a fair pay to what the men’s team receives.

Men’s and women’s unions are separate and they have no obligation under federal labor law to jointly negotiate or agree to similar terms. The men’s contract expired in December 2018. The women’s agreement runs until December.

“We don’t want to start the new year without a new collective agreement in effect, so this is the number one priority for our PA, our legal team,” Morgan said. “Looking at the (USSF) statements it’s hard to say, we want to feel encouraged and we want to be optimistic, but we’ve seen a lot of statements already. What we really want to do is see what we’re doing. can do at the negotiation table, see these statements being implemented in these negotiations. So of course we still have hope, you must continue to have hope. “

The women’s team are in Cleveland for a Thursday night game against Paraguay, the United States’ first game since winning a bronze medal at the Tokyo Olympics in a disappointing result for the World Cup champions. feminine.

US Soccer says he thinks the best way forward is with a single pay structure for the two senior national teams. But the federation also maintained that some provisions currently in the women’s contract, such as National Women’s Football League wages and maternity leave and pay, would not necessarily be removed from the federation’s proposals.

The single compensation structure would include revenue sharing.

“This proposal will ensure that USWNT and USMNT players remain among the highest paid senior national team players in the world, while providing a revenue-sharing structure that would allow all parties to start from scratch and to collectively share the opportunity that combines investment in the future of US Soccer will keep its promises during a new CBA, ”the federation said in a statement.

Last week, the federation asked the men’s union to voluntarily equalize the World Cup bonus money paid to the federation by FIFA.

FIFA awarded $ 400 million in prizes to the 32 teams in the 2018 Men’s World Cup, including $ 38 million for the French champion. It awarded $ 30 million to the 24 teams at the 2019 Women’s World Cup, including $ 4 million to the United States after the Americans won their second straight title.

Under their employment contract, the American men were awarded $ 55,000 each for being part of the 2014 World Cup roster, then split $ 4.3 million for gaining four points in the stage. groups and reached the knockout stage. That calculated at just under $ 187,000 per player.

The Americans split $ 862,500 for making the list and $ 2.53 million for winning the 2019 World Cup, which works out to $ 147,500 per player.

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Players on the Morgan-led women’s team sued the federation in March 2019, claiming they were not paid fairly under their collective agreement compared to what the men’s team receives under their agreement. .

U.S. District Judge R. Gary Klausner in Los Angeles rejected the salary request in May 2020, ruling that the women had rejected a pay structure to play similar to the men’s deal and agreed to pay instead. basic and higher social benefits.

The women asked the 9th Circuit to overturn the trial court’s decision. A panel of three judges will likely hear oral argument at the end of this year or early 2022.


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