Leslie Smith launches Project Spearhead, a fighter-driven effort to get UFC athletes unionized

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  1. FrankieNYC

    FrankieNYC "My balls was hot!" Platinum Member

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    https://www.mmafighting.com/2018/2/...r-driven-effort-to-get-ufc-athletes-unionized

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    The UFC women’s bantamweight fighter has started Project Spearhead, an effort to get UFC athletes to unionize, she confirmed with MMA Fighting on Monday. Unlike past labor movement failures, Smith vows that this attempt for organization will be driven mainly by fighters. She will start out as the interim president of Project Spearhead and Kajan Johnson, a UFC lightweight, is the interim vice president.


    “This is kind of just another in a long string of efforts, but I think a lot of things separate it from the other ones,” Smith told MMA Fighting. “One of them being that this has no outside influences. This is for the fighters, it was come up with by me — a fighter.”


    The website for Project Spearhead launched Friday. On it is a step-by-step explanation of the unionization process and a link to download authorization cards, which would ignite said process if signed by enough athletes. The site says that the UFC is “misclassifying” fighters as independent contractors, when they are really treated like employees. As it is now, UFC fighters would not be able to be in a union, because they are independent contractors, per U.S. labor law.


    “Project Spearhead is here to force the issue - the UFC can choose to either pay into our needs and respect us as employees with a say in all decisions affecting us or treat us like the independent contractors that we are being called and lighten up with the USADA supervision, uniforms and restrictions,” the site reads.

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    A few years ago, Jeff Boras invited any UFC fighter to a meeting about forming a union & only Leslie showed
     
  2. Draper

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    Who the fuck is Leslie Smith?
     
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    good for her
     
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    If it hasn’t worked for anyone else why would it work for Leslie Smith?
     
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    Trouble is, based on merit, Kajan Johnson and Leslie Smith should've been cut already. And you already know they're getting cut after their next loss. So they're on borrowed time to try and influence a movement.
     
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    In other news the UFC just cut Leslie Smith
     
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    I just don’t see it happening, Les
     
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    The only fighters that can make anything happen are the ones with gold belts around their waist.

    Bless her heart for trying though.
     
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    I'm not for it in this sport. Unions have basically prevented performance enhancing drug testing from being effective in other sports. That might be a fun freak show for some of the ball sports, but I don't think it's a good idea with fighting. Any financial gains would be offset by their future drug testing terms IMO.
     
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    Did anyone bother telling her that per federal law IC's cannot have a traditional union backed but federal protections? I mean if you are not even aware that you cannot have a union, maybe its destined to failure? She probably means she wants to set up a association that can collectively bargain. which IS NOT a union.
     
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    Pretty much this...

    If these guys didnt makes it, how the fuck am i supposed to expect Leslie Smith to succeed?

    {<huh}
     
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    i thought this thread was gonna be about hitler
     
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    Good for her for trying. Her chances of being successful are remote.
     
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    "--lighten up with the USADA supervision"

    uh oh.
     
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