Twitchy posted a whole bunch of tweets from the deranged twitter mob calling for the death of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and the replacement referees. For some reason, the folks at twitter are ignoring their own rules and allowing the death threats to stand. I just wonder why the mob isn’t mad at the regular refs who refuse to agree to a deal and come back to work.
We remain apart on economic issues, as well as on fundamental non-economic matters. From an economic perspective, the differences involve both pay and pension. Our last offer, tendered to the union prior to the beginning of the lockout, would have given officials significant annual pay increases. Nonetheless, there remains a considerable gap between us. The officials continue to insist on larger overall pay increases, as well as greater amounts devoted for non-game compensation, than we consider reasonable in light of economic developments of recent years and compensation trends for other league and team employees.
We also continue to differ on the appropriate retirement arrangements for the officials. The NFLRA seeks both to retain the current defined benefit pension plan for the current staff for at least another 5-6 years, and to increase the amount of the defined benefit. We have proposed to freeze the defined benefit plan (preserving all vested benefits for all officials) and replace it with a defined contribution/401(k) arrangement – the same arrangement that is in place for all other league employees and which 13 clubs have adopted. We have offered a defined contribution that would average $20,000 per year, while the officials’ union has proposed a substantially higher amount.
Um, sounds pretty good to me.
Unions ruin everything, now they’ve ruined football. If the refs weren’t unionized each one would work out his own deal based on his own performance. Good refs would make more, bad refs would make less or get fired. Instead this is what we get.