Scott Flory(seen with the 2009 top offensive lineman award) is running for CFLPA president.For one of the first times since the Las Vegas Posse folded in 1994, something that happens in Vegas could have a critical impact on the CFL. The CFL Players' Association is conducting its annual meetings in Vegas this week, and those meetings are likely to determine how the CFLPA proceeds in this latest round of contentious collective bargaining negotiations with the CFL. As Drew Edwards of The Hamilton Spectator writes, those meetings could even see a change in CFLPA leadership:
With contentious negotiations over a new collective bargaining agreement on the horizon, there is a major power battle taking place among the leadership of the CFL player's association. The CFLPA has been meeting in Las Vegas since Wednesday and a vote is scheduled on Friday that could see the ouster of current president and former Hamilton Tiger-Cat Mike Morreale.
Morreale took over from former president Stu Laird in 2012 after Laird enjoyed a 12-year run as the head of the organization. A former defensive lineman with the Calgary Stampeders, Laird played 13 seasons in the CFL.
Morreale is being opposed by current Montreal Alouettes offensive Scott Flory. More than a dozen players reps are scheduled to vote on all executive positions on Friday.
It's difficult to tell how Flory's approach would differ from Morreale's, as their platforms aren't public. However, regardless of who wins, the vote on executive positions is likely going to determine how the CFLPA approaches negotiations going forward. The candidates will offer their plans, and whichever one is endorsed by the majority of player reps will then have a mandate to carry out negotiations in that fashion. If Morreale keeps his position, that might suggest players are happy with the stance the CFLPA's taken thus far, insisting on getting a percentage of league revenues rather than a flat salary cap and breaking off negotiations when that wasn't offered. If Flory takes over, though, that could signal a shift either towards a more conciliatory approach (getting back to the table and agreeing on a flat cap, just debating what it should be set at) or a more hard-line one (upping the players' demands and perhaps even threatening a strike).Read More »from Friday’s vote could decide CFLPA leadership, prove crucial in CBA talks