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March 20, 2014 at 8:23 AM

MLS referee lockout is officially over

Posted below is a statement from Steve Taylor, lead negotiator for Professional Soccer Referees Association (PRSA), announcing the MLS referee lockout is officially over.

A collective bargaining agreement with PRO, the organization that oversees officiating in the U.S. and Canada, was agreed upon Tuesday and officially ratified Wednesday night. The PRSA refs are set to resume regular duties this weekend in place of the replacement refs.

UPDATE 8:23 a.m. — Here is a statement from PRO general manager Peter Walton.

“We are looking forward to having our referees back on the field and officiating games. The new agreement will provide important benefits to our referees while ensuring that PRO will be able to achieve its goal of developing and employing world-class referees for the competitions we serve.”

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Statement from Steve Taylor, lead negotiator for PSRA in collective bargaining negotiations with PRO, released the following statement today:

PSRA is pleased to announce that an agreement has been reached with PRO regarding an historic Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) for PSRA Bargaining Unit Members who make up the pool of Full-time and Part-time referees, Assistant Referees, and Fourth Officials working games in Major League Soccer. The agreement was reached at the bargaining table with the help of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS). Terms of the CBA are not being released.

PSRA’s Negotiation Committee “tentatively agreed” to terms on the entire CBA on Tuesday, the PSRA Board of Directors approved the CBA on Wednesday, and by Wednesday night the PSRA Membership ratified the CBA.  The ratification of the CBA and acceptance by the PRO Board effectively ends the lockout of PRO/PSRA officials in time to have them take charge of MLS games this coming weekend.

PSRA was represented throughout negotiations by the law firm of Seham, Seham, Meltz & Petersen, LLP.  The expertise of Lee Seham and Lucas Middlebrook was invaluable to the process. The PSRA is grateful to them for all of their assistance and tireless efforts along the way.

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