The AFL and the AFLPA have used collective bargaining agreements (CBAs) from 1993 onwards following a threat by the AFLPA to seek an award in the then Australian Industrial Relations Commission.
The AFLPA and each Player it represents agrees with AFL that any restrictions contained in the AFL Player Rules, including without limitation, restrictions on the freedom of Players to transfer from one AFL Club to another, restrictions on the Total Player Payments an AFL Club may give or apply for the benefit of a Player or an Associate of a Player, are necessary and reasonable for the purpose of protecting the legitimate interests of the AFL, the AFL Clubs and the AFL Competition (clause 8.
The average income for AFLPA members was $250,000, for Professional Footballers Australia $130,000, the RLPA $180,000 and RUPA $199,000.
The AFLPA has the most staff, with 22, and provides a wide range of services to members.
The NFLPA absorbed the AFLPA
in 1970, and the National Labor Relations Board certified the NFLPA as the bargaining representative for players.
But as it turns out, every tax-deductible cent donated to the AFLPA goes not to New York City firefighters or Cantor Fitzgerald widows, but rather to spay/neuter programs for Missouri's dogs and cats.
AFLPA is just one of many new charities to claim a September 11 affiliation.
Under the new 2012-2016 CBA, negotiated between the AFL and the AFLPA, each club must now pay a minimum 95 per cent of the combined total player payment/additional service agreements limits.
Moreover, Macdonald (forthcoming) makes the point that both the AFL and the AFLPA have recognised the reasonableness of any restraint of trade in reaching their CBAs.
I'm also pleased that she has made these declarations to the AFLPA
," said Nixon.
While the AFLPA
accreditation committee will examine Nixon's case it is considered extremely unlikely that any sanction will be imposed.
Brendon Gale, AFLPA
CEO, added: "AFL players strongly support the continuation of the International Rules series.