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Arbitrator Rejects Salary Cut Appeals From Redskins, Cowboys
Published May 22, 2012
Burbank disclosed in his decision that on March 22, the two clubs sent a letter to the Management Council, the NFL labor-negotiating arm, withdrawing from the entity for the purposes of this issue. Burbank rejected that move. “The clubs attempt selectively to revoke the Management Council’s authority through the March 22 letter was ineffective as a matter of law,” he wrote in the 12-page decision.
Notably, the fact that the NFLPA agreed to the cap cuts, which are to be redistributed to other clubs, did not weigh heavily in his decision. An NFL source said Burbank might have reached the same conclusion even if the NFLPA had not agreed to the cap hits, though it certainly made the decision simpler.
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The league delegated to its labor committee moving the trade deadline into the eighth week of the season from the sixth, subject to more union discussions. The league was unable to reach a resolution with the NFLPA on paying survivor benefits to widows of pre-1993 players, so Pash said the league would begin to do that on its own.