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USW and UFPA Join Forces to Champion Fair Labor for Professional Football Players

Join the United Steelworkers and United Football Players’ Association in their fight for fair labor practices by signing a USW Authorization Card. By doing so, you will be taking a crucial step towards having a voice in the decisions that impact your career and future as a professional football player. Show your support for equal negotiation rights and a seat at the table when it comes to discussions about wages, benefits, and working conditions. Signing the card is a simple, confidential process protected by law, and you will not be required to pay any fees or dues until a contract is ratified through a democratic vote. Take control of your future and join the fight for fair labor practices today.

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About Us


In February, the United Steelworkers (USW) proudly announced its affiliation with the United Football Players’ Association (UFPA). Founded in 2020, the UFPA is composed of football players with experience in the National Football League, Arena League of American Football, XFL, Canadian Football League and others.

Together the USW and UFPA  won a historic agreement with the United States Football League (USFL) that offers player safety protections, fair pair, travel stipends and more. Our fight continues to represent professional athletes in the XFL and other potential leagues who are not covered by contracts like those in the NFL Players’ Association and win the benefits and protections of a union contract.

“Labor, hours and working conditions for players are areas where a union can make a difference and improving them will give everyone an opportunity to thrive,” said Ryan Cave, who played eight seasons of professional football and has been representing players for ten years. “From resolving issues with payroll to dealing with injuries and workers’ compensation problems, players need a strong voice that the USW can help provide.”

Our Mission


The players of the XFL are joining together to use our collective strength to win protections this season. Players play hard all week and deserve dignity and respect. We’re fighting because we deserve:

  • Weekly pay for weekly work
  • Guarantees from the league
  • A right to a second medical opinion
  • Travel stipends and per diems
  • Second string doesn’t mean second class
  • Rest – 7 a.m.-7 p.m. work days aren’t fair
  • Space after long days – no roommates
  • Higher pay for players on the IR
  • Housing stipends.