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Pittsburgh Power: More Arena Football League Labor Trouble On Way

The Arena Football League faces another work stoppage this week, but the Pittsburgh Power won't be among the teams involved, the Trib reports. The entire Power roster was fired in a notorious incident in an Orlando Olive Garden earlier this season, but apparently that won't happen in an Applebee's, or any other restaurant, in Cleveland on Friday as the Power prepares to take on the Cleveland Gladiators.

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"Our goal is not to destroy the Pittsburgh Power," [players union executive director Ivan] Soto said. "They have been put through the wringer."

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Power lineman Beau Elliott, who is on injured reserve with a shoulder injury, said he hopes other teams will get involved this time.

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"We did our duty," Elliott said. "It’s time for somebody else to take a little action."

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Soto is now seeking raises for each player from $400 to $600 per game, with a starting quarterback bonus of $1,275. His proposals have dropped quite a lot since March, when he was seeking $1,350 per game for each player. The league is offering $500 per game, the same as it was back then. Unfortunately, Soto doesn't have a whole lot of leverage -- the players are paid a pitifully small amount, but it's likely they're mostly playing to keep their football dreams alive, not so much for the money.

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