The United States Soccer Federation (“USSF”) and the United States Women’s National Soccer Team Players’ Association (“Union”) have decided to play nice with each other and have agreed to short schedule to conduct discovery and ask a federal court to decide whether the parties have agreed to abide by a “no strike” provision. A court hearing on the issue will be held on May 25, 2016. You can find my earlier stories on this ligation at: Legal Analysis regarding US Soccer vs. US Women’s National Soccer Team Players Association and The US Women’s National Soccer Team Strikes Back
To recap, Section 6.1(a) of Collective Bargain Agreement (“CBA”) executed in 2005 provided:
Neither the Players Association nor any player shall authorize, encourage, or engage in any strike, work stoppage, slowdown or other concerted interference with the activities of the Federation during the term of this Agreement . . . . Continue reading
This is Part II of my original analysis of the lawsuit between United States Soccer Federations’s (“US Soccer”) and the United States Women’s National Soccer Team Players’ Association (“Union”). As you may have heard, the Unions has “fired back” at last week’s lawsuit filed by the US Soccer against the Union.
While some pundits and fanboys/fangirls on Twitter have accused US Soccer of waging a war of discrimination against the Union and the players, the Union’s response is more about “lawyers doing what lawyers do.” That means that the Union’s legal team has responding with the typical lawyer armory of posturing, finger pointing and taking strident tones. All of this is being done as part of a two pronged effort to (a) assert that the players are not going to be cowed into submission and (b) convince a federal court judge to take side with the Union without pointing to any real evidence to support the Union’s position. I intend to give you a summary of the arguments rather than simply cutting and pasting the entire thing as some have done. An update of this morning’s legal proceedings has been added to the end of this piece. Continue reading