In a statement released on Tuesday, U.S. Soccer said it has offered players on the men's and women's national teams identical contract proposals.
It stated that they are offered with the goal of aligning the men’s and women’s teams under a single collective bargaining agreement structure. Details of the proposals were not released.
The move comes less than a week after U.S. Soccer president Cindy Parlow Cone
said the labor issues that have been hanging over the federation in recent years can't be resolved without settling the differences in the amounts of bonuses paid out for play in the men's and women's World Cup.
U.S. Soccer's collective bargaining agreement with the U.S. National Soccer Team Players Association, which represents the men, expired at the end of 2018. The federation and men have been negotiating on the terms of a new agreement. The agreement with the U.S. Women's National Soccer Team Players Association expires at the end of the year.
If the players associations insist on continuing to negotiate separately, as they have to date, U.S. Soccer stated it will invite each group to sit in on the negotiations with the other group.
In her letter to the federation's membership, Parlow Cone asked the player associations to agree on equalizing FIFA's World Cup prize money
FIFA awarded $400 million in prize money for the federations of the 32 teams at the 2018 men’s World Cup, including $38 million to the French federation for its team's championship in Russia. It awarded $30 million for the 24 teams at the 2019 Women’s World Cup, including $4 million to U.S. Soccer after the Americans won their second straight title.
The high percentages of prize moneys U.S. Soccer has paid out to the men and women and other compensation are such that the U.S. men’s and women’s teams are believed to be the two highest-compensated national teams in the world, reported
the New York Times.