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AFL Players Return To Work Less Than 24 Hours After Initial Labor Stoppage
Published March 12, 2012
DOWN TO THE WIRE: Soto said that he “submitted a proposal to the league outlining a temporary collective bargaining agreement at 2:15 Friday afternoon.” He said that the league “presented a counteroffer and gave him a 5:30 deadline, but players said they were released before that time” (ORLANDO SENTINEL, 3/10). In Chicago, Seth Gruen noted starting AFL QBs “earn a weekly stipend of $1,200 while all other players make $400 per week.” Housing and two meals per day are included. Chicago Rush QB Russ Michna said, “It’s not necessarily anyone is looking for a contract increase. It’s a combination of both sides are just trying to make sure everyone is on the same page. I don’t know if it has anything to do with money” (SUNTIMES.com, 3/10).