As soon as it finally began, it appears the Canadian Football League’s 2022 schedule could get knocked right back off the rails.
Mere days after teams were able to kick off training camps that had been delayed by a players union strike over collective bargaining measures, the tentative agreement that appeared to be in place is no longer in sight.
“A settlement offer that you have considered has been rejected,” read a letter sent from the CFL Players Association to its members Monday evening and obtained by Postmedia. “We are actively discussing with your player reps this evening, and you will receive a communication shortly.”
Monday marked the same time the league was initially scheduled to open its pre-season schedule with a game between the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and Saskatchewan Roughriders. But that ended up being postponed by the initial strike, beginning Sunday, May 15, which disrupted the training camps of all seven teams outside of Alberta, where labour laws didn’t allow the Edmonton Elks or Calgary Stampeders to immediately join the rest of the union until later on.
Neither team had missed a moment of training camp by the time of the vote.
“According to sources, the tentative CFL CBA has been voted down by the membership,” TSN’s David Naylor reported Monday evening. “This, despite being approved by the bargaining committee and recommended by team player reps. It has been defeated. There is no CBA.”
The ‘no’ vote means players can go back on strike, bringing them right back to square one, despite the two sides having come to a preliminary agreement Wednesday on what was to have been a seven-year deal. Not only does it threaten the rest of the pre-season schedule, set to commence Friday, but potentially the regular season, which is to begin June 9.
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