The North American Soccer League Players Association, irate because the league has refused to sit down with it at the collective-bargaining table. Will meet Monday in Chicago to decide if the players want to strike.
"We want soccer fans to understand that if there is a strike, it is over one issue only: recognition of our union," Ed Garvey, staff director of the NASLPA said yesterday at a press conference. "We have not asked for a single dollar. We have not asked for a pension, for insurance or even impartial arbitration. We have only asked that the owners give us the respect of meeting us at the bargaining table as the law requires them to do."
When the NASLPA union was formed in August 1977, NASL Commissioner Phil Woosnam said he anticipated no problems recognizing the new union.
The union has not been recognized and the NASLPA filed a certification petition with the NLRB, which, in turn, has asked for a summary judgment against the league for refusing to bargain.
"We will either strike or wait for the NLRB to take action," said Garvey. "We have sufficient strike ballots to allow the board to call a strike if they feel that is the best course of action."
Only 100 ballots have been received from the 275-member association, with the vote running 2 to 1 in favor of a strike.
"A strike is a bit extreme and the players don't really want to do that," said Bob Stetler, player representative of the Washington Diplomats.