As you know, I like to pass on worthwhile emails and requests to sign petitions on this site. In light of the wave of national disgust with the NFL over calls “scab” referees made in some football games last weekend, I thought I’d share a very interesting entry from my Inbox with you!
Please join with Daily Kos and our partners at Workers’ Voice in petitioning the National Football League to immediately end its lockout of professional, union referees. Click here to sign.
Workers across the country are under attack, and referees in the National Football League are no different. The NFL made over $8 billion in revenue last year, but it has locked out its professional union referees in an attempt to reduce their wages and benefits. In the meantime, they have replaced the professionals with scabs, some of whom were previously fired by the Lingerie Football League for incompetence.
After a series of historically bad calls by the scab referees, now fans, players, sportscasters, President Obama, and even Republicans are calling on NFL management to end its lockout and return the union referees to the football field.
With this continued lockout, NFL management is showing that it cares more about stripping workers of their benefits than it does about the safety of the players and the integrity of the game. It’s simple greed.
Labor Editor, Daily Kos