Steelers players vote to decertify union

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Steelers players this afternoon voted unanimously to decertify their union, after a meeting with NFL Players Association leaders at the team's UPMC training facility.

DeMaurice Smith, executive director of the union, met with players after practice today and then took a vote to decertify the NFLPA.

Smith has been taking such votes as he meets with players around the league and so far, in a handful of votes, all have been unanimous.

The union is making the move to decertify as a procedural effort in case the NFL owners lock the players out when the current collective bargaining agreement expires next March.

The NFLPA decertified as a union in 1987 after the last players' strike, a move that eventually proved successful in their attempts to forge a new CBA that resulted in free agency in 1993.


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