WNBA to Cut Short Labor Contract after 2019 Season

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In this September 29, 2017, file photo, Los Angeles Sparks forward Nneka Ogwumike looks toward the scoreboard after receiving treatment for a cut on the face during the second half in Game 3 of the WNBA basketball finals against the Minnesota Lynx in Los Angeles. The WNBA players have opted out of the current collective bargaining agreement that runs through October 2021, allows the players’ union to start negotiating the new one now. “We look forward to our upcoming discussions and negotiating a new agreement with the league,” the players’ union, led by Ogwumike, said in a statement. (Mark Terrill, File/Associated Press)

Reprinted from The Washington Post by Doug Feinberg on November 1, 2018.

WNBA players have exercised their right to terminate their collective bargaining agreement after the 2019 season, cutting the deal short by two years.

The current labor contract started on March 5, 2014, and had been scheduled to run through October 2021 or the day after the last playoff game, whichever was later. The move announced by the players’ union on Thursday ends the deal on October 31, 2019, or the day after the postseason finale.

The move allows the sides to negotiate a new deal that would go into effect for the 2020 season during an Olympic year.

“We look forward to our upcoming discussions and negotiating a new agreement with the league,” the union said in a statement. …

The Washington Post 11/1

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