Collective bargaining talks between CFL, players “hit a wall” – Toronto Sun

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Negotiations between the Canadian Football League and the CFL Players Association on a new collective bargaining agreement have “hit a wall,” according to a source who requested anonymity.

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The two sides worked well into Wednesday night during a marathon bargaining session in Toronto, and met as well on Thursday morning, and are scheduled to speak again next week. The current CBA expires on May 14, so the CFL and players will be feeling the heat to get a deal done in time to open training camps on schedule.

It is believed the two sides are no longer involved in the “interest-based” negotiating phase that had facilitated agreements on several issues.

The CFLPA membership was due to be updated on negotiations Thursday afternoon.

It’s believed there are less than a handful of major issues remaining for the two sides to tackle, and they include the level of the salary cap, as well as roster ratio. They were characterized as “significant hurdles” by the source.

In a membership vote last week, the players returned a strike mandate of 95 per cent. It does not ensure a work stoppage, however, as it was merely a matter of procedure.

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