The Major League Soccer Players’ Association (AJMLS) has proposed adding one year to the current collective agreement, rather than two, as league officials have called for.
The proposal was submitted on Thursday as the league and union approach a deadline of midnight.
Garber Tour leaders invoked a “force majeure” clause to reopen negotiations, citing continued uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus pandemic.
With this proposal, the union hopes to prevent a lockout from being declared.
“We sincerely wish that we can avoid (this scenario),” AJMLS said in an official statement.
“The players are ready to play. ”
MLS and AJMLS went through two difficult rounds of negotiations a year ago; one in February, before the start of the regular calendar, and a second, in June, when the players agreed to a pay cut to restart the season.
MLS executives say they took losses estimated at $ 1 billion last year, caused in part by declines in income that resulted from the pandemic.
Earlier in January, MLS offered players to pay their salaries in full in exchange for a two-year extension to the collective agreement currently in effect, until the 2027 season concludes.
The AJMLS notes that the negotiations carried out last June led to the addition of a year to the collective agreement, ie until 2025. In addition, adds the union, the players have already accepted concessions totaling more than 150 million US.
“As a cloud of uncertainty hangs over the 2021 season, players have once again been forced to return to the negotiating table. Today, after discussions and approval from the AJMLS Negotiating Committee, a proposal has been presented to MLS which includes a second extension to the term of the convention currently in effect to include the 2026 season ” , said officials of the AJMLS in a statement.
“Combined with our agreement last June, this proposal will lead to economic concessions of over US $ 200 million and the addition of two years to the collective agreement, that is, one year for each of the years significantly affected by the pandemic” , to chain the union.
MLS leaders did not respond to a message asking them to respond to the union’s proposal.