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At Last, Sunday Football! And It Comes with a Union Label

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The first Sunday of the NFL season is here—the world champion Seattle Seahawks kicked off the action Thursday with a 36–16 win over the Green Bay Packers. But while we are settling into our recliners and couches or at our favorite sports bar, thousands of union members, on and off the field, are making sure the games run as smoothly as Peyton Manning’s two-minute drill.

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Musicians Blast NFL Pay-to-Play Scheme

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Normally, regardless of what the field you work in, you show up, you perform the tasks required of you, then you get paid for your work.  The National Football League (NFL) has a better idea: Show up, perform and you pay them.  At least that'’s its proposal for musicians who might play at halftime of the Lleague'’s biggest event, the Super Bowl. 

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Fifth NFL Cheerleader Wage Theft Suit Filed

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A former Tampa Bay Buccaneers cheerleader has filed suit against the team alleging it violated federal wage and other labor laws during the 2012-13 season she was employed by the NFL club.  Since January, cheerleaders for the Buffalo Bills, Cincinnati Bengals, Oakland Raiders and New York Jets have filed similar "wage theft" suits, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

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AFL-CIO Stands with NFL Cheerleader and Oakland Raiderette Lacy T.

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Cheerleading for professional sports is more than sporting sparkly midriff-baring tops, white cowboy boots and zipping off to calendar shoots...it's a job. And it's demanding. 

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More Player Injury Suits Likely, Says NFLPA’s Smith

DeMaurice Smith, executive director of the NFL Players Association (NFLPA), says the National Football League likely hasn’t seen the end of lawsuits by players who have suffered injuries.

Smith, appearing Sunday on “Political Capital with Al Hunt,” said that despite the league’s recent $765 million settlement with former players’ lawsuits accusing the league of not telling players about links between repeated traumatic head impacts and long-term brain injuries, including Alzheimer’s disease, “reality will dictate that it’s never really the end of lawsuits.”

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Leading Up to Super Bowl XLVII, NFL Players Help New Orleans Community

While the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers were getting ready for today's Super Bowl, the NFL Players Association (NFLPA) participated in several community service projects to help out the local community of the game's host city, New Orleans. The first event was "Feed the Children," where 14 current and former players, as well as other volunteers and community members, delivered much-needed care packages consisting of food and household supplies to families in need.

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NFLPA-Harvard Team Up on $100 Million Study of Player Injuries

Football is a dangerous sport by nature, but it doesn't have to be as dangerous as it is today.

The NFL Players Association (NFLPA) has awarded $100 million to Harvard Medical School for a 10-year study of player injuries and illnesses, including brain trauma. The study is funded under the collective bargaining agreement the players reached recently with the NFL. Its goal: to transform the health of current and retired players, whose lifespan averages 20 years less than men who are not professional football players.

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U.S. Soccer Star Alex Morgan Pushes for Collective Bargaining for Players‏

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Alex Morgan, one of the stars on the 2012 Olympic gold medal-winning U.S. women's soccer team, is on the verge of professional soccer stardom for a new team in Portland, Ore., as part of the new National Women's Soccer League (NWSL).  Morgan is advocating for strong collective bargaining rights for League players

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More Lessons from the NFL Referees Lockout

More Lessons from the NFL Referees Lockout

Berry Craig, recording secretary for the Paducah-based Western Kentucky AFL-CIO Area Council and a professor of history at West Kentucky Community and Technical College, is a former daily newspaper and Associated Press columnist and currently a member of AFT Local 1360. Craig sends us this.

Pittsburgh Steelers partisan and union radio guy Charles Showalter is happy the union refs are back on the field.

But Showalter thinks unions should use the lockout as a teaching moment. So does Bill Londrigan, president of the Kentucky State AFL-CIO. Says Showalter, host of “The Union Edge: Labor’s Talk Radio” show:

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Fan Outrage Trumps Owners’ Greed, Ref Lockout Over

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The NFL’s lockout of its veteran and trained professional corps of referees is now over after the league and the NFL Referees Association (NFLRA) reached a tentative eight-year agreement late Wednesday night. The referees will hold a ratification vote Friday and Saturday. AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said the end of the lockout means:

A football season, which started in disaster, can now get back on track. Not only toward fairness and integrity for the game, but ensuring the highest level of safety possible for the athletes who play the game.

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