The Professional Referee Organization, which manages game officials for the U.S. Soccer Federation and MLS, notified the Professional Soccer Referee Association of the lockout and said replacement officials will be used.
PRO said the union, which was formed last year, rejected a no strike-no lockout agreement that management had proposed. The sides have bargained since July without reaching a deal on a labor contract.
“Our proposal represents a significant increase above current compensation for referees and places them above the average for officials around the world,” said PRO general manager Peter Walton, an English Premier League referee from 2003-12.
PRO said in the 11/2 years since its formation, it had increased full-time officials from two to nine and added 11 part-time officials.
The PSRA has filed unfair labor practice charges accusing the PRO of bad-faith bargaining and making threats against its members.
“We have requested a plethora of information, including financials, that PRO and MLS have refused to provide, instead demanding we take their pleas of poverty at face value,” said Lukas Middlebrook, a lawyer for the union.
PRO said replacements include former international FIFA officials who have moved to the U.S. and former MLS officials.
More Sports Headlines
Seahawks do what rest of salary-capped NFL say teams can't do Mariners beat Twins 4-3 in 11 innings Snohomish mixed martial artist returns to her first love AquaSox strand 10, fall 3-2 to Volcanoes Seahawks release DT McDaniel , acquire CB Seisay Benches empty as Royals fall to Blue Jays Rays demote Moore, place Souza on DL with fractured hand Charles scores 29 points, Liberty beat Storm 78-62
Our new comment system is not supported in IE 7. Please upgrade your browser here.