3/15/2017 11:12:00 AM Players threaten boycott over wages
(AP) — The U.S. women’s hockey team is threatening to boycott the upcoming world championships on home ice over a wage dispute with USA Hockey.
The team announced today that they will not participate in the International Ice Hockey Federation tournament that begins March 31 in Plymouth, Michigan. Players say they informed USA Hockey that they would not report to training camp next Wednesday unless meaningful progress is made on fair support and wages. The U.S. is the defending champion after winning the gold medal last year.
“To voluntarily take ourselves out of the running to do that is not easy, but it’s what’s right and we’re asking for what’s right and fair,” Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson said by phone. “It’s definitely hard. But as a group we’ve made this decision and as a team and I’m proud to do this with my teammates and to stand arm in arm with them and to say enough is enough.”
The players are seeking a contract with USA Hockey that they say “includes appropriate compensation.”
The players have had contracts only in Olympic years and are seeking a deal that covers them in all other years. According to the statement released by a law firm representing players, USA Hockey has paid players $1,000 a month during their six-month Olympic residency period and “virtually nothing” the rest of the time.