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XFL Players Reject Joining United Steelworkers Union

In March, the United Steelworkers (USW) announced that XFL players had submitted a petition for a representation election to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Region 16, advocating for about 475 professional athletes in the XFL. Today, the vote took place, and the XFL players decided against joining the union.

“NEWS ALERT: XFL players union election results are in, with union supporters losing the vote. NO: 124 YES: 73”

The USW represents USFL players and collaborated with the league during the off-season to secure better housing and pay for the players.

According to Mike Mitchell:

“An intriguing update. 197 XFL players participated in the vote, with 124 voting against and 73 voting in favor. Out of 112 USFL players who voted, 69 voted yes, 32 voted no, 11 faced challenges, and 266 players abstained.”

Ryan Cave, an executive with the United Football Players Association, previously stated that players were pushing for the benefits associated with a union contract.

“Unity and solidarity among players across the league is crucial for achieving results,” Cave said. “We believe that athletes have the most to gain when they unite under a single voice, demanding fairness and justice in their jobs. That’s what XFL players aim to accomplish by organizing a union.”

It remains intriguing as to why the XFL players changed their minds. Could they be joining the NFLPA?

San Antonio Brahmas kicker Parker Romo tweeted.

“We want to unionize with the right group… possibly the @NFLPA 👀”

Regarding the USW: The USW represents 850,000 workers in industries such as manufacturing, metals, mining, pulp and paper, rubber, chemicals, glass, auto supply, and energy production. It also covers a growing number of employees in technology, public sector, and service occupations.

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