The United States Soccer Federation said Tuesday that it had offered identical contracts to the women and men who are on its national teams.
In addition, the governing body of soccer in the country warned that it will refuse any agreement in which the money for prizes in the World Cups is not distributed equitably.
The unions of female and male players are different. Under federal labor laws, these unions are not required to bargain together or agree to similar terms.
The contract for the men’s team expired in December 2018. The contract for the women’s team remains in effect until December.
“We firmly believe that the best way forward for everyone involved and for the future of the sport in the United States is an individual pay structure for the two national teams,” the Federation said in a statement. “This proposal will allow the members of the women’s and men’s teams to continue to be among the best paid in the world, providing an income-sharing structure that allows the parties to start over and collectively share the opportunity that this combined investment will generate in the future. for American football with the signing of a new collective contract ”.
Unions in both branches did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Molly Levinson, a spokeswoman for the players’ union that has sued the federation, declined to comment.
Molly Levinson, a spokeswoman for the players’ union that has sued the federation, declined to comment.
Last week, the Federation requested that the men’s union agree to share equally the money paid by FIFA. Since then, the selected ones have not commented.
Different sections of the women’s contract, such as pay for players in the national league or maternity and pregnancy leave, would not necessarily be removed from the Federation’s proposals, the latter indicated.
In March 2019, the players, led by Alex Morgan, sued the Federation, arguing that they had not received equitable pay under their collective contract, compared to what men get.
The soccer players demanded more than $ 64 million in compensation, plus $ 3 million in interest, under the terms of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
The federal district judge. Gary Klausner dismissed the pay claim in May 2020, noting that the women had rejected a structure similar to that offered in the agreement with men, in which you pay to play. Instead, female soccer players accepted higher base salaries and benefits than men.
Klausner instead allowed the part of the lawsuit that alleged discriminatory working conditions to go to trial.
The women asked the Ninth Circuit to vacate the ruling and reinstate their claim. A three-judge panel would hear oral arguments later this year or early 2022.
FIFA awarded $ 400 million in prize money to the 32 teams participating in the 2018 Men’s World Cup. France, who were crowned, received $ 38 million.
$ 30 million were awarded to the 24 teams at the 2019 Women’s World Cup, including $ 4 million for the US team, which won its second title in a row.
For the 2022 World Cup, FIFA has increased the total allocated to men’s teams to 440 million. Its president Gianni Infantino has proposed that FIFA double the prize money for women, to 60 million, for the 2023 World Cup, in which the number of participating teams would be increased to 32.
“We will not enter into any collective agreement that does not take the important step of matching the money from the FIFA World Cup prizes,” the Federation said. “We believe that the best way to achieve these important goals is for the women’s and men’s soccer unions to come together to negotiate a contract.”