US women's hockey players threaten boycott over wages
- Author: Julie Sanders Mar 30, 2017,
Mar 30, 2017, 19:40
The controversy between the US Women's Hockey program and USA Hockey seemed to come about suddenly when the women's team confirmed on Wednesday morning that they will withdraw from the 2017 World Championships over fair wages and support.
"We're asking for a living wage and for USA Hockey to fully support its programs for women and girls and stop treating us like an afterthought", U.S. captain Meghan Duggan said. Olympic Committee provide national team players with financial support, training opportunities, camps and strength and conditioning programs.
According to reporting by espnW, USA Hockey now provides the USWNT players with $1,000 per month during the six-month Olympic residency period, and "virtually nothing" the rest of the four years, even though women's hockey players are expected to train full-time and compete for the national team even outside of Olympic years.
USA Hockey said it is committed to growing women's hockey and that more than 73,000 women play hockey in the US now compared with 23,000 in 1998, when the Americans won gold at the first Olympics for women's hockey. We simply want USA Hockey to support our development program in the same way they support the men's program.
The players have had contracts only in Olympic years and are seeking a deal that covers them in all other years.
"Incredible courage on display by these courageous women".
USA Hockey says "support stipends and incentives for medals" could bring each player nearly $85,000 in cash over the Olympic "training and performance period" in addition to housing, meal and travel money plus medical and disability insurance, without giving amounts. That claim, says Bellamy, is "incredibly misleading and dishonest". They stand and fight for all of us.
The United States is tied with Canada for the most medals in IIHF World Championship history with 17.
Some 14 months of negotiations between players and USA Hockey went nowhere leading up to this development. I'd expect USA Hockey to make some concessions to get these women back on the ice as quick as possible. Next week, we're heading just outside of Windsor to start preparing. "That's why we bring up equitable support".
It's worth noting that the Women's National Hockey Team has a far better recent record than the men's team, winning silver or gold in every World Championship since their first appearance in 1990, and medaling in every winter Olympics since 1998.
Earlier this month, Ashley Johnston, who plays for the NWHL team, the New York Riveters (as in Rosie the Riveter), but is not one of the championship players striking, told NPR that she and her teammates get $260 a game and nothing more.
"We have heard that USA Hockey is attempting to field an alternative team to play in the World Championship games".
As for the team, a lawyer for the players told USA Today Sports that there is no way that they will be capitulating.
Equal pay (or lack thereof) is making headlines again, this time in the world of sports.
There are many reasons contributing to why female athletes are often paid less. "Sadly it becomes a decision between chasing your dream or giving in to the reality of the financial burden", player Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson said.
Neither USA Hockey nor the players would reveal details of the wages in dispute or how the men's team is compensated.
The women's hockey team was due to arrive at a Michigan-based training camp on 21 March 2017, to prepare for the IIHF World Championship event, starting on 31 March 2017. But that total included the USOC training stipend and projected U.S. winning the gold medal and receiving a bonus of $25,000 from the USOC.
"We're doing this not only for ourselves, but also for someone like Cammi Granato and that generation of girls who tried to this fight and couldn't (win)". It's a whole family being united from 20 years ago until now.
It is a huge sacrifice, especially since one of the things we are asking for is more programming, which is more games.