The United States Women’s National Team Players Association (USWNTPA) on Wednesday described the American Football Association’s offer of identical contract proposals for both the men’s and women’s teams as nothing more than an advertising stunt.
The American Football Association (USSF) announced its offer on Tuesday as part of an effort it said was to adapt women’s and men’s national teams during a collective bargaining agreement.
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“USSF’s PR stunts and media negotiations will not bring us closer to a fair deal,” writes USWNTPA said on Twitter.
“In contrast, we are obliged to negotiate in good faith to achieve equal pay and the safest working conditions. The proposal that the USSF recently made to us does not matter either.”
USWNT sued American football’s governing body in 2019 over allegations of gender discrimination in compensation and almost every other aspect of its playing conditions.
Months later, the team won a fourth World Cup as fans during the final song, “Equal Pay.”
The lawsuit, which sought $ 66 million in damages under the Equal Pay Act, was dismissed, but the USWNT has since appealed.
USWNT’s current employment contract expires at the end of 2021, while the men’s team has been working under the terms of an agreement that expired in 2018.
In announcing its offer on Tuesday, US Soccer also said it would not agree to a working agreement that would take the step of equalizing World Cup prize money and invited the teams and their unions to join the federation to help find a solution.
FIFA offered $ 30 million in prize money to the teams in the 2019 World Cup for women, while the men raised $ 400 million in 2018.