It is hard to believe that we are in a situation this far into the proceedings where there are such disparate views on how to get the process completed. There should really have been absolutely no surprise by the steps that needed to be taken by the various parties in order to complete the agreement.
Yet, when the NFL owners voted to approve the deal on Thursday, it was obviously a vote to approve the overall deal points and not a CBA, since it is impossible to have a collectively bargained agreement when you do not have a party to collectively bargain with.
Many NFL players lashed out at the owners feeling that the owners were trying to exercise a power play, reclaim public sentiment on their side and impose unreasonable terms on the players. Packers President Mark Murphy said that the owners are done negotiating.
Yet the reality is that no matter how the process was going to be structured, one side or the other was going to need to vote first.
One of the main points of contention for the NFL players and the NFLPA is that they did not want to be dictated to in terms of how the settlement was going to be implemented nor in terms of how (if or when) the NFLPA should be recertified as a union.
Federal labor law prohibits and employer for coercing employees to form a union or exercising any degree of control as to how that process will be implemented. The NFLPA has warned against a website which is apparently trying to lure the players to recertify online, a procedure which has not been endorsed by the association/union.
The harshest perspective was presented by Vonnie Holliday who issued the now infamous statement that the players “got tricked, duped, led astray, hoodwinked, bamboozled.” Hardly the response you would expect for a group that has just approved a 10 year agreement that will make you very rich.
Look for the players to have their say and express their unhappiness in court and then to “sort out” the details over the weekend.
Given the funeral for Myra Kraft on Friday, do not expect any real movement until later in the weekend when the lawyers work through the details.
It is likely the NFLPA and its players will ratify the proposed resolution on Monday.