Pittsburgh Power Home Opener Clouded By Labor Dispute

The Trib has the latest on the Pittsburgh Power's labor situation.

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Meanwhile, union executive director Ivan Soto, who has not renewed a strike threat since the AFL's opening night March 9, has proposed multiple pay scales, including one that takes away housing and food benefits, but increases each players' pay from $400 to $1,350. He also suggested retaining housing and food, with salaries of $750 and a $250 bonus for starting quarterbacks.

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NFL dreams die hard, so Soto doesn't appear to have much leverage here. He describes the Arena Football League's policies as being "pretty much set in stone." One league proposal has most players making $500 per game, while quarterbacks make $1650 per game.

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With a strike imminent, the Power released its entire roster two weeks ago while players were eating in an Olive Garden in Orlando. Some players then left the union and played in the Power's season-opening game anyway, and the strike abruptly ended. (The game against Orlando, which also featured fill-in players, was a comedy of errors.) But labor issues persist.

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The Power host the Philadelphia Soul in their home opener Friday night at 8:00 p.m. at CONSOL Energy Center.

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