Walker Zimmerman explains US Soccer’s equal pay agreement process

Walker Zimmerman explained the lengthy process of Collective Bargaining Agreements (CBA) negotiations that resulted in the U.S. men’s and women’s national teams being paid equally.

In a first-of-its-kind deal in world football, players from each team will be paid the same playing bonuses and participation fees, and will share the amount of prize money from their respective World Cup performances.

However, reaching this point was not easy. From a leadership change on the men’s side to a women’s team still operating under the existing CBA, there were many hurdles to overcome for both sides.

Zimmerman was among the USMNT leaders who helped negotiate the line and sign the new deal. Playing exclusively with former USWNT defender Yael Averbuch West on 90minX Football Americana In the podcast, the Nashville center back talked about some of the hurdles he had to overcome along the way.

“I think what made it so interesting was just the turnover and timing of our expired CBA,” Zimmerman said. “Again, for those who aren’t listening, our CBA was at the end of 2018. As of January 1, 2019, we were playing under an overdue CBA while women still had to be under theirs, which I think has always made negotiations a bit difficult for US Soccer because in order to have equal pay, it was very difficult for them to determine the start and end times of these trades.

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