NFLPA Statement on New Anthem Policy
This employer policy change defies collective bargaining and players rights should be respected, as should the workplace rights of all union members
The NFL chose to not consult the union in the development of this new “policy.” NFL players have shown their patriotism through their social activism, their community service, in support of our military and law enforcement and yes, through their protests to raise awareness about the issues they care about.
The vote by NFL club CEOs today contradicts the statements made to our player leadership by Commissioner Roger Goodell and the Chairman of the NFL’s Management Council John Mara about the principles, values and patriotism of our League.
Our union will review the new “policy” and challenge any aspect of it that is inconsistent with the collective bargaining agreement. -National Football League Players Association, AFL-CIO
“UCOMM poses this question, is this Effects Bargaining? Effects bargaining is a type of bargaining which involves certain decisions which are within the management's right to make, which has an impact on mandatory subjects of bargaining.” - Kris LaGrange
“I do not like imposing any club-specific rules, if somebody [on the Jets] takes a knee, that fine will be borne by the organization, by me, not the players. I never want to put restrictions on the speech of our players. Do I prefer that they stand? Of course. But I understand if they felt the need to protest. There are some big, complicated issues that we’re all struggling with, and our players are on the front lines. I don’t want to come down on them like a ton of bricks, and I won’t. There will be no club fines or suspensions or any sort of repercussions. If the team gets fined, that’s just something I’ll have to bear.” -New York Jets Chairman Christopher Johnson