By David ShusterPosted March 18, 2019 06:53:38The NFL’s labor union is threatening to go on strike after its leadership agreed to a deal that would save more than $1 billion over the next three years.
The union said in a letter to the league’s leadership that it would strike on March 17 if the league did not give it an extension.
The NFLPA says the union will strike if the NFL does not agree to pay for new stadiums and pay more for health care and pensions.
The letter, signed by more than 200 union members, states that the league has failed to meet a series of conditions for the plan.
The union is asking for $2.7 billion in new revenue and $300 million in new guarantees from the league for health and retirement benefits.
The NFL has already spent $1.5 billion on the $1-trillion plan, but the union has argued that it has not met those conditions.
The league said in an email that it is committed to the new plan and would “continue to engage with the union in a constructive manner.”
The union also is seeking a 10 percent pay increase and $400 million in health and pension guarantees, as well as new benefits for players.
The proposal is expected to save $1,200 million over the two-year period.