NFL owners are planning to lock out players next season unless they agree to unreasonable demands -- like taking away ALL healthcare benefits from players and their families.
American Rights at Work points out that
players risk their lives for the game. An average football player's career lasts only three and a half seasons – but the injuries they face on the job aren't short-lived at all. Tackles, hits, and blocks result in intense physical trauma, impacting players' health, well-being, and medical expenses far into retirement.
Further, a lockout would be disastrous for thousands of working families whose livelihood depends on professional football. Says American Rights at Work,
If there's no football season, it would impact 150,000 jobs – and cause more than $140 million in lost revenue – in each and every city with an NFL team.
The Teamsters, by the way, have a long history of solidarity with the NFL players. In 1967, the great Cleveland Browns running back Jim Brown distributed union cards in an effort to form a Teamsters affiliate. Most recently, the Teamsters and the Players Association delivered two tractor-trailers full of food and supplies to needy families in New Orleans.
You can help support the players by signing a petition urging the NFL owners NOT to lock out the players.