Talks are ongoing between the United Auto Workers union and the National Football League Players Association, whose members may face an owner's lockout in March.
The UAW is asking its members to signify its support for the players union by signing an online petition. In a speech this week to a UAW conference in Washington, Gary Casteel, a regional director of the UAW, said, "It doesn't matter if you work on the assembly line or on the line of scrimmage."
The average NFL player earns about $2 million per year, compared to about $30,000 for a new UAW hire. But Casteel said that even with the wage difference, there are plenty of reasons for the UAW to support the players.
Casteel said that the talks between the players union and the owners of the 32 NFL teams affect about 152,000 who work near and at league stadiums such as the restaurant workers, the grounds team, and the first responders.
The expiration of the labor agreement between the owners and players is on March 4, and the players are anticipating a possible lockout by the owners. NFL Executive Vice President Jeff Pash said that the owners want an agreement and that the idea of NFL owners wanting to shut down the NFL is “nonsensical." [via reuters]