CPL players face a long road ahead in forming a players' union

After twice asking for voluntary recognition from the CPL, the PFACan says it is now forced to go to each provincial labour relations board to achieve union certification.

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By all accounts, most athletes who are plying their trade in the Canadian Premier League want to form a players' union.

But the players must first walk down a lengthy and arduous path when it comes to achieving unionization and having the Professional Footballers Association Canada (PFACan) represent them in collective bargaining with the CPL over their working conditions.

After twice asking for voluntary recognition as a union from the CPL, the PFACan said it is now forced to go to each provincial labour relations board in the provinces where the league has teams in order for the players’ union to be certified.