The US women’s soccer team has reached a new collective bargaining deal with US Soccer
It’s not quite equal pay, but still a better deal.
The U.S. Women’s National Team Players Association (USWNTPA) today announced a new collective bargaining agreement with the U.S. Soccer Federation, temporarily resolving a dispute over the disparity between male and female athletes’ compensation. The deal will reportedly see female players’ salaries rise significantly, though it does not guarantee them pay similar to their men counterparts, a longstanding demand.
The agreement runs until 2021, meaning that it’ll cover two major sporting events; the FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2019 and the Tokyo Summer Olympics the year after. According to the New York Times, high-profile female stars like Carli Lloyd and Alex Morgan could more than double their income to over $300,000. They also gain limited licensing and marketing rights, though their salaries will not match those of big-name players like Christian Pulisic. Male American soccer stars like Pulisic, who play in European leagues, make well over $1 million a year.
The agreement will “continue to build the women’s program in the U.S, grow the game of soccer worldwide, and improve the professional lives of players on and off the field. We…look forward to strengthening our partnership moving forward,” read a joint statement between U.S. Soccer and the female players’ union.
Other specifics of the deal weren’t available. U.S. Soccer and Lloyd, the team’s captain, didn’t immediately return requests for comment. USWNTPA’s legal rep wasn’t reachable.
The struggle for equal pay has played out in the public and intensified after the team won the 2015 Women’s World Cup. Lloyd went on “60 Minutes” last year to demand superior compensation to the male athletes. The union also alleged in a 2016 Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filing that they were paid four times less than men players. The team had explored the legality of a strike; though a court ruled in the favor of American soccer’s governing body.
And on Equal Pay Day, Morgan posted a tweet demanding an end to the gender pay divide, with the hashtag #ChangeTheGame (Defenders of US Soccer cite federation figures that show revenue for the female team has historically trailed that of men.)
— Alex Morgan (@alexmorgan13) April 5, 2017
That said, the captain seemed pretty happy with the new deal. Lloyd posted a tweet today acknowledging the new contract with a smiley face emoji.
👏🏼👏🏼 Happy an agreement has been reached. 😃 https://t.co/roXWP5YInh
— Carli Lloyd (@CarliLloyd) April 5, 2017
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