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El 'Soccer' femenino conquista la igualdad salarial

Equal pay, equal conditions, compensation for long-term injuries and psychological problems, distribution of World Cup prizes and income from sponsors. The American ‘soccer’ took a step forward and signed this week a historic agreement for a collective agreement that guarantees equal treatment in the women’s and men’s professional soccer teams in the country.

The fight led by stars of the United States women’s team such as Megan Rapinoe or Alex Morgan, who in 2016 opened a dispute before the US Equal Employment Opportunity and Opportunity Commission (EEOC) for salary discrimination, had a prize.

Early last Wednesday, the United States Soccer Federation (USSF), the Chicago-based body in charge of soccer in the country since 1913, announced the first collective bargaining agreement that guarantees equal pay and establishes a new global standard.

THE COURAGE OF RAPINOE AND MORGAN

“If a group of players had not had the courage to open a dispute against their own employer, we would never have reached this achievement,” Becca Roux, the director of the US Women’s National Team Players Association, recalled at a press conference.

“It’s everyone’s victory. Hopefully this marks the movement in general, I hope it affects not only football, but sport and society,” added Cindy Parlow Cone, president of the USSF.

The agreement was signed by the USSF and the American players’ associations and lasts until 2028. It not only provides equal pay and prizes but also an identical mechanism for sharing the commercial income of both teams.

No football federation currently offers to match the earnings of their men’s and women’s national teams for participation in their respective World Cups.

The USSF president expressed her thanks to all three parties involved, including the Men’s National Team Players Association, which, she said, agreed to forgo part of their earnings in recognition of the importance of ethical sharing.

“We looked at the data and realized there was a chance to win less, but we focused on the big picture. We wanted to do something that the other teams hadn’t done before. We’re proud of this,” said Walker Zimmerman, president of the Association. of soccer players of the men’s team.

BUSINESS REVENUE SHARING

One of the most outstanding points of the agreement is the same distribution of commercial income, a particularly important aspect considering the extraordinary results achieved by the women’s team, which has won four World Cups (1991, 1999, 2015 and 2019).

The men’s team has not qualified for the 2018 World Cup in Russia and will return to this showcase next December in Qatar.

Women’s soccer will receive an important boost with this new distribution approved by the USSF, which has Volkswagen, Nike, Visa, AT&T or Budweiser in its portfolio of sponsors.

In addition, the USSF will pay players a portion of revenue from tickets sold for home games, with a bonus for games sold at capacity.

SUPPORT FOR PLAYERS DURING AND AFTER PREGNANCY

Among the priorities is also the support for players who have children during their professional career.

In this sense, the agreement provides that “those who have to take leave due to pregnancy or to care for a newborn or adopted child will continue to be compensated with an agreed amount for a maximum of six months.”

They will also have medical insurance, dental insurance, and vision insurance through the USSF, in addition to the ‘401K’ retirement program, a US system that provides added financial assistance from companies to workers facing the end of their professional careers. .

MENTAL HEALTH AND SAFETY

The players will have, like the men, with forms of compensation for the injuries they suffer related to football and also for psychological problems caused by their profession.

To this is added the important section on the “Safe Work Environment”: the agreement provides for a protection system to prevent the risk of harassment and inappropriate behavior.

In this sense, players will be able to periodically give opinions about the treatment they receive, also anonymously, to protect their dignity and privacy.

Andrea Montolivo

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