Workers are taking over some of the biggest players in the NFL, including the San Francisco 49ers and New York Giants.
The National Football League and several of its affiliated teams are now the subject of unionization efforts by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, which represents some of its teams.
The International Brotherhood said the NFL should follow the example of other leagues that have recognized the union of their players.
“I think the NFL has a responsibility to work for the interests of all of its players, and they are making that very clear with their decision to not recognize the labor organization as an official bargaining agent for the 49ers,” said AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka.
“This represents an important milestone for the players’ movement in the United States and across the country.”
The NFL is the biggest employer in the country, with more than 9.2 million employees.
The union said the union will continue to work closely with its players to negotiate an improved contract that would better protect players.
The league said it was pleased to welcome the AFL-BNA into its ranks, which it called “the world’s largest collective bargaining unit.”
AFL-COO Keith Olbermann said the league’s decision to recognize the union “is a step forward for our players, the NFL and the NFLPA.
It will be good for our business, good for the NFL’s reputation, and good for American workers.”
As part of the agreement, the union said it would hold talks with the NFL on a new collective bargaining agreement.
The NFL and NFLPA did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
A union member with ties to the NFL said he believes the league and NFL teams are “going in the right direction” on this issue.
According to the union, the players represent more than $8 billion in annual revenue.
The majority of the players are NFL alumni and are paid to represent the franchise, not the teams.
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