A decade of internal talks at the CFL Players Association are coming to a head, with a request that Alberta-based players be covered by the Workers Compensation Board.
CFLPA Executive Director Brian Ramsay says CFL contracts are not guaranteed. That means if a player is hurt, the team doesn’t have to pay them anymore, which is why players should be covered.
“It would provide our members, the employees, with the coverage needed to rehabilitate if they do find themselves suffering from an injury.” Ramsay says.
Ramsay adds that workers compensation is provided to NFL players in some US states. He admits they’re different games and different leagues, however:
“…in an industry that’s similar, that model has worked and continues to work in those states that it’s mandatory.”
The CFLPA put the request to a three-member board reviewing the issue. The board has been collecting data over the summer, and is expected to decide on a recommendation to the Province in the spring, after providing a progress report in the fall.
And the CFLPA will be watching closely, since it may apply for coverage in other provinces, depending on the outcome of the Alberta review. (ms, News Talk 770)