A new collective bargaining agreement between PSRA (which represents full- and part-time referees, assistant referees and fourth officials) and PRO (which manages refereeing at all pro levels in the
United States) was finally ratified.
The new agreement, which will run through January 2024, only came after the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, which works on resolving labor
disputes, was called in to help with negotiations and an initial agreement was rejected by PSRA members.
“After 10 months of hard work by both parties, we are very pleased to have a
new collective bargaining agreement in place as we enter the 2019 season,” said PRO GM Howard Webb
in a statement. “We want to thank the membership of the match official bargaining
unit, which has ratified this agreement. We consider the new CBA to be a fair deal for all, which will assist in our collective efforts to grow and develop the refereeing landscape in professional
In 2014, PSRA and PRO agreed on a collective bargaining agreement but it only came after two weeks of replacement referees working MLS games. That agreement expired on Jan.
“I’d like to thank PRO and their team, as well as PSRA’s negotiating committee and our legal counsel, for working so diligently in putting together a new CBA that
will serve as the framework of working conditions for our bargaining unit of MLS officials for the next five years,” said PSRA president Steve Taylor
. “Many thanks also to the PSRA
membership for entrusting this work to our committee. Ultimately, I’m confident this agreement serves the PSRA membership well.”