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NFLRA Disputes NFL's Account Of Why Labor Talks Broke Down
Published June 5, 2012
The NFLRA also said that the league's statement that it started to look for replacement refs only after the "union advised us in March of its intention to take a strike vote and told us of its plan to drag out the negotiations until late summer" was false. The NFLRA in its statement said, "The NFLRA has never threatened to strike. After repeated references by the NFL during negotiations regarding its plans to obtain replacement officials the NFLRA briefed its members at its Annual Meeting on April 21, 2012. No strike vote was taken at the meeting. In fact the NFLRA’s directive to its membership was to prepare for the season and to perform each and every task assigned to them both before and after CBA expiration. This continues to be the position of the NFLRA."
NFL Senior VP/PR Greg Aiello said in an e-mail that the NFL was working on plan to bring the sides together for a deal on Sunday involving a transition from the old pension plan in which the referees would retain all the benefits under that plan. But the referees "did an about-face" from their agreement in an earlier bargaining session and "made a proposal that was entirely inconsistent from what they agreed to" earlier, which derailed the talks for a new CBA.