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NFL PLAYERS FROM '87 STRIKE AWARDED LARGEST SETTLEMENT EVER
Published September 13, 1994
The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), the NFL and the NFLPA yesterday reached a settlement that will release $30M in back pay, bonuses and interest to players prevented from returning to the field immediately after the end of the '87 strike. The settlement -- the largest back pay award in the NLRB's history -- resulted from the owners' decision following the strike to not allow players who had returned to their teams on Thursday, October 15, to play in games the following Sunday. The owners had imposed a Wednesday deadline for players to report, and when the players missed the deadline, the owners staged games with replacement players (Steve Berkowitz, WASHINGTON POST, 9/13). THE NFL CAN COVER IT: NFL VP of Communications Joe Browne said that the $30M had already been set aside as part of the $200M collective bargaining agreement with the players that was reached in January 1993 (N.Y. TIMES, 9/13). NFLPA Assistant Exec Dir Doug Allen: "It's a real step forward for us. It's long overdue." But former Redskin Jeff Bostic said while the settlement would be "welcome," the deal only compensated the players with simple interest, not compound interest: "It's another case of this union fumbling the ball" (Vito Stellino, Baltimore SUN, 9/13).