NHLPA, MLBPA offer support to USWNT in dispute with USA Hockey

Josh Cooper
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 08: (L-R) Olympic hopefulls Jocelyne Lamourex, Monique Lamoureux, Hilary Knight and Meghan Duggan pose for a photo outside the NASDAQ Stock Market on Febuary 8, 2017 in New York City. Team USA celebrates the one-year countdown to the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images for the USOC)
Jocelyne Lamourex, Monique Lamoureux, Hilary Knight and Meghan Duggan pose for a photo outside the NASDAQ Stock Market on Febuary 8, 2017 in New York City. Team USA celebrates the one-year countdown to the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018. (Getty Images for the USOC)

On Friday, the U.S. Women’s National Hockey Team received support from two powerful sports unions in their battle with USA Hockey over fair wages.

Both the National Hockey League Players’ Association and Major League Baseball Players Association tweeted word of encouragement for the U.S. Women’s National Hockey Team as the group continues to threaten a boycott of the upcoming IIHF Women’s World Championships.

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Here is the note from the NHLPA:

And here is the MLBPA’s message:

Last week, the women’s team announced they would boycott the Worlds this year unless “significant progress has been made on the year-long negotiations with USA Hockey over fair wages and equitable support.” Players are looking to get a wage outside of the six-months leading up to the Winter Olympics every four years.

On Monday the two sides held, what was described by forward Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson as, “productive” talks. On Thursday, it was reported USA Hockey had started to look into potential replacements for the tournament, which is scheduled to begin on March 31 for Team USA.

A story by USA Today on Friday said that negotiations “haven’t progressed” since Monday.

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Training camp for the World Championships was set to start on Wednesday, but USA Hockey was forced to cancel it, as well as an exhibition game against Finland on Friday, because they didn’t have a team that could participate.

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