Las Vegas, NV – The Canadian Football League Players’ Association (CFLPA) was represented during this week’s (August 8-11) United Steelworkers (USW) International Convention in Las Vegas. It represented the first time the CFLPA was both invited to attend and speak at this major international labour convention.
CFLPA Executive Director, Brian Ramsay took the stage on Sunday and spoke to the Canadian caucus on behalf of the Association. His speech addressed both the challenges and gains the CFLPA has made as an Association over the past several years. Ramsay reinforced the importance of solidarity within the CFLPA membership and among all labour unions, and aimed to bring awareness to the specific challenges professional athletes in Canada face as it relates to fair treatment and medical coverage. He also honoured the retiring National Director, Ken Neumann, who was instrumental in the two organizations strategic alliance which was formed in 2019.
“I am incredibly proud to have represented our CFLPA membership at this year’s USW International Convention. This was an important opportunity to expand our network across borders as well as learn from some of the most powerful labour unions in North America,” said Brian Ramsay, CFLPA Executive Director.
Ramsay joined a powerhouse lineup of speakers at the conference featuring the Vice-President of the United States, Kamala Harris, as well as international labour leaders and champions such as Canadian Labour Congress President Bea Bruske, federal NDP leader Jagmeet Singh, U.S. Labor Secretary Marty Walsh, U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai, AFL-CIO President Liz Shuler, USW International President Thomas M. Conway, and Mexican Senator and labour leader Napoleón Gómez Urrutia.
More than 3,000 USW members and allies from across the United States, Canada and the Caribbean attended the conference, and more than 100 guests from unions in 22 countries were in attendance.
The USW represents 850,000 workers and retirees in a diverse array of industries including metals, mining, rubber, paper and forestry, oil refining, chemicals, natural gas, health care, renewable energy, communications, transportation, higher education and the public sector.
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About the CFLPA
The Canadian Football League Players’ Association (CFLPA) is the union for professional football players in the Canadian Football League (CFL). Since 1965, the Association has worked to establish fair and reasonable working conditions while protecting the rights of all CFL players. In addition to negotiating and enforcing the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA), the CFLPA provides a variety of member services, builds corporate and community partnerships and works diligently for the betterment of its membership. Find us online at cflpa.com.
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