Toronto’s Garcia: Players are ready to strike

Toronto FC defender Nick Garcia has revealed that MLS players are ready to strike if the league does not come to an agreement with the Players’ Union.

Toronto FC defender Nick Garcia has revealed that MLS players are ready to strike if the league does not come to an agreement with the Players’ Union.

With a new collective bargaining agreement not yet sorted as players fight for their rights which includes salary increases, Garcia, who is one of two Toronto player representatives, says a strike is imminent if things don’t change soon.

"We are united as a union and if we need to strike, we will," declared Garcia.

"We're anticipating not having the season starting [on time]. As of now, for us, we're very far apart - even with the mediator there in D.C. We're hoping things can get done, but quite frankly I don't think we're confident things will."

MLS Commissioner Don Garber has suggested the players being the 2010 season under the terms of the old CBA but Garcia confirmed the players were not up for that.

“We're not prepared do that," Garcia added. "That's one thing we are not going to [do]. We are prepared and willing to not start the season with the current CBA.

“We, as a union, have come more than half-way [in the negotiations]. "To this point, the league hasn't taken us seriously, so for me I don't think real issues have been addressed and I know other guys on other teams feel the same way."

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