AFL-CIO stands behind NFLPA
The AFL-CIO is standing behind the NFL Players Association after
a group of retired players filed a grievance against the union.
Twenty former NFL players signed a letter requesting that the
NFLPA be expelled from the AFL-CIO for failing to meet its
obligation to retirees.
But AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said in a statement
Thursday that ”we should all applaud the fierce advocacy the NFLPA
has demonstrated for its members, and for all working people.”
He says the union has secured ”significant gains for both
active and former players.”
NFLPA spokesman George Atallah says ”the NFLPA is proud of the
more than $1 billion in benefits current NFL players created for
former NFL players and we are proud of our strong affiliation with
A federal judge last month dismissed a lawsuit filed by retirees
against the NFLPA.