The NWSLPA wants to make sure you are constantly informed and all information that is available. We have created a Google Drive with important, but also confidential documents. The password for all of the documents is the same password used to login to the player protected part of the site.
Please do not send these documents outside of the player portal or share site password. If there is any language or information you do not understand feel free to contact your player rep or an executive!
We are currently working towards getting all player access to an account / login to obtain all photos and videos that can be used on your social media and personal accounts.
Below are some media guidelines if you are ever asked questions regarding our Players Association.
. . . So what do you say if someone
asks about the Players Association?
WHAT IS THE PLAYERS ASSOCIATION?
We are a non-profit labor organization that represents all NWSL Players who are employed by the League.
WHO DOES THE NWSLPA REPRESENT?
We represent all players who sign a Standard Player Agreement and receive a paycheck from NWSL. We represent international players as well as Canadian allocated players, because they have all signed contracts with the NWSL. The only group of players currently active in NWSL who we do not represent is the USWNT allocated players.
WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A PLAYERS ASSOCIATION AND A UNION?
The NWSLPA is both. We chose to call our non-profit organization a Players Association. We are also recognized by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) as a union.
HOW DID YOU GET TO BE A UNION?
We first formed the NWSLPA organization. Then we asked the NWSL to voluntarily recognize us as a union. They did so in November of 2018, so that's when we became an official labor union.
DO YOU GUYS HAVE A CBA (COLLECTIVE BARGAINING AGREEMENT)?
Not right now. We have a basic agreement with the League formed when they voluntarily recognized us as a union. That Voluntary Recognition Agreement will be in place until we feel that it's an appropriate time to begin work on a CBA.
WHEN WILL YOU HAVE A CBA?
We don't have a timeline in mind at the moment. Creating a CBA is an expensive and time-consuming process that we don't want to undertake until we feel it's appropriate for our organization and the League.
WHAT'S UP NEXT ON YOUR AGENDA?
We believe in working collaboratively with all parts of the League to make progress. We understand that a lot of people are sacrificing and lots of progress needs to be made on all fronts. Right now, our focuses are on working with the League to have a seat at the table when it comes to discussions and decisions. We have a great, open dialogue where we can share input and bring questions or issues their way to get answers directly from the League. We also work to provide extra benefits to players and improve the player experience as a whole through supporting one another and sharing resources.
SO I'M SURE YOU'LL BE ASKING FOR INCREASED SALARIES, RIGHT?
Everyone in the League obviously realizes that the players should be paid more and we agree! However, we believe that there are other areas to address first, and that when the League is in a place to be able to sustain higher salaries, we will share in that success. At the moment, we're focused on adding value to our player experience in creative ways, such as opportunities to take coaching courses and establish second sources of income.