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Scianitti: Players holding ratification vote across league

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Matthew Scianitti
6/12/2014 2:09:01 PM
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Although Thursday was already scheduled to be a major voting day in at least one of Canada's largest provinces, it now marks a major decision day across the country in the Canadian Football League.

The Players Association will either decide to ratify last Saturday's tentative collective bargaining agreement or not, and face uncertain labour future in the days and weeks ahead.

Polls for the players opened at 6am et. The votes will be taken using electronic secret ballot, on a third-party website, with a passcode for each player.

According to sources, the question on the ballot: Are you in favour of approval of the Collective Agreement that has been described in the Summary of Collective Agreement Proposed for the years 2014-2018: YES (in favour of) / NO.

In order to ratify the tentative deal, players on six of the league's nine team must vote "Yes." On each team, the vote must be 50 per cent-plus-one to pass.

In the last few days, some CFLPA executives have travelled to CFL cities to answer questions on what is part of the tentative five-year deal - including a $5 million base salary cap, a $27 million threshold to renegotiate the salary cap, ratification bonus for players, and the removal of the option year in veteran contracts.

Union vice-president Jeff Keeping, also an offensive lineman with the Toronto Argonauts, confirmed Thursday rookies are entitled to a vote in every province where a CFL team is located, except Quebec. According to Keeping, Quebec labour law states an individual must be part of a union to vote on tentative collective bargaing agreements. CFL rookies aren't part of the Players Association until after training camp, when they make the team, sign a certified player contract and begin paying dues.

Voting is set to last until 8pm et/5pm pt. The Players Association is then expected to hold a conference call Thursday evening when they should know the vote's results.




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