As I am someone who is generally FOR employees getting more money (it’s kinda my job), allow me to explain...
The initial intent behind parity clauses was to keep the employer fair and honest, and insulate one group from political favoritism etc.
Firefighters really want Item X in their CBA. They bargain for it by telling a city “give us X, and we’ll accept a lesser wage increase...say, 6% over three years.” The City accepts-done deal
Using a “loophole” (of sorts) to trap the other side in a “have your cake and eat it too” situation can be seen as dirty pool
(Full disclosure: I *have* processed such grievances for clients...and WON)
With a parity clause, at least, I could at least tell an arbitrator “the City KNEW that clause was there and gave police the higher wages anyway. Not our problem...”
The LAW works a little differently...
But a lot of these laws are “pended,” for want of a better term, where there is a union...the assumption being that collective bargaining stops such abuses from occuring
Yet, that’s what the USWNT’s OWN SUIT basically alleges
“But they didn’t have a choice...” But they did...
But USWNT wasn’t that honest. They tried to get cute. And, in truth, I don’t mind that so much. I applaud creative thinking, even if somewhat disingenuous
Worse, if you were to maybe question the USWNT suit, pointing out the bargaining aspect, or general lack of revenue streams relative to the men, you were attacked and ridiculed by the WoSo hordes
But I digress...
As a labor lawyer, I could appreciate the strategy
As a soccer fan, I found it tiresome...
And I feel badly for the USWNT players. This was THEIR fight, and they lost. But there will be other battlegrounds. I really do hope they continue the fight to get what they think they deserve...at the BARGAINING TABLE, like everyone else
That’s what happens when you get sick of being preached to by the likes of Hope Solo...lectured to by Grant Wahl...condescendingly tweeted at by anonymous gender studies majors
Good luck to #USWNT at the bargaining table. Hopefully NWSL gets addressed this time, too. If you have to go on strike, you have my full support
But tell your “fans” to get over themselves next time. It will help your cause immensely