[MLS SPOTLIGHT]Major League Soccer officials voted overwhelmingly to certify the Professional Soccer Referees Association (PSRA) as their collective bargaining agent with PRO, the refereeing arm of MLS. The vote was conducted by manual ballot under the auspices of the National Labor Relations Board.
“We are very pleased, yet not surprised, with the outcome of the NLRB vote,” said PSRA attorney Lucas Middlebrook. "This is a historic day for Major League Soccer officials, and for professional soccer in North America. We are eager to commence the collective bargaining process with PRO, and look forward to negotiating what is fair for this extremely specialized and talented group.”
There are nine full-time referees and 21 referees overall in MLS this season, down from 30 in 2012.
Officials of every other major American sport have unions.