Members of the women's national team have been engaged in a gender discrimination suit against U.S. Soccer that was first
filed in 2016 as an EEOC complaint and is slated to go to trial in federal court under the Equal Pay Act and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act in May. U.S. Soccer's position is that compensation for
each team is the result of separate collective bargaining agreements, and that the pay structures are different as a result.
Meanwhile, the men have been operating under the terms of the own deal for more than a year. Regarding a new deal, the USNSTPA says the federation is taking the "frivolous position" that the men's compensation should stay at 2011-2018 levels.
USNSTPA on what's next:
-- It calls on the federation to triple the pay of the women in their next collective bargaining agreement to take effect in 2022 compared to what it agreed to pay the men in their CBA reached in 2011 or what federation agrees to pay the men in a new CBA. (The men's CBA expired at the end of 2018.)
-- It calls on "the courts, juries, the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee, Congress, new Federation leadership, or a combination of all five" to reform the federation.
-- It calls on U.S. Soccer sponsors to not support the federation until there's a new CBA that pays a fair share of national team game and commercial revenues. (Of note, the current commercial agreements with SUM and Nike expire at the end of 2022. With the 2026 World Cup co-hosted by the USA in the picture, the federation should expect to receive a huge jump in revenues from their new commercial agreements.)
U.S. Soccer's response to USNSTPA's statement:
"We have read the statement released today by the union representing the players of the USMNT. Our goal is to determine fair and equitable compensation for our USMNT and USWNT, while also being mindful of how and where we invest our overall financial resources so that we can continue to focus on investing in the development of our players, coaches and referees at all levels. We look forward to continuing our dialogue with the players' unions with the intention of finding a resolution that works for all parties."
U.S. women's star Megan Rapinoe's response via players' spokesperson Molly Levinson:
''Our great hope is that 2020 will be the year of equal pay. We are grateful for the support of our male colleagues, and also for the overwhelming solidarity from millions of fans and sponsors around the world who have stood with us to fight USSF's discrimination. Achieving equal pay is so much bigger than our team and our playing fields -- women in work forces everywhere deserve equality now."