XFL Players Seek to Join United Steelworkers

The United Steelworkers (USW) union has announced that there has been a petition filed for a representation election with Region 16 of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) on behalf of roughly 475 professional athletes in the XFL.

“No matter whether it’s a factory or football field, every worker deserves a voice on the job and in determining their own futures,” said USW International President Thomas M. Conway. “As part of the USW, players will have a strong advocate to bargain fair and safe working conditions across the league.”

USW International Secretary Treasurer John Shinn, who represents the union on the AFL-CIO Sports Council, said football players deserve fair treatment on the job.

“Our union is committed to working with players to improve conditions and ensure that they are treated with dignity and respect by the league,” Shinn said. “From our successful experience bargaining with the USFL, we know that players standing together in solidarity can win contract improvements throughout the season that will truly raise their standards of living.”

Ryan Cave, an executive with the United Football Players Association, said that players are organizing for the empowerment that comes with a union contract.

“All players throughout the league working together to build unity and solidarity is the key to getting results,” Cave said. “We know athletes stand to gain the most when we use one voice to demand fairness and justice on the job, and that’s what XFL players will achieve by organizing a union.”

Previously, the United Football Players Association led USFL players to join the United Steelworkers Union.