Pass AB 202 to require the NFL to pay cheerleaders a living wage
When former Raiderette cheerleader Susie Sanchez filed suit against the Raiders, she reported she made just $6.50 an hour for her work. That’s well below California’s minimum wage but the NFL claims it’s legal because cheerleaders are “seasonal employees” who aren’t subject to state employment protections. California State Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, a former college cheerleader, wants to change that with a new bill, AB 202, that will require professional sports team to classify cheerleaders as employees in order to protect them from workplace abuse. Will you sign my petition asking the California State Legislature to pass AB 202 and set a precedent for states standing up to the NFL’s policy of underpaying these hard working athletes? Over a year ago I launched another petition, which has over 145,000 signatures, asking the NFL to pay cheerleaders fairly. Since then, cheerleaders from five teams have filed wage discrimination suits but the league still refuses to instruct their teams to pay cheerleaders a living wage. Instead, they continue to insist that cheerleading is a voluntary job and little more than a hobby. NFL cheerleaders spend countless hours in practices, for which they are unpaid, and many report being forced to work in “deplorable” conditions. For most of these athletes, becoming an NFL cheerleader is the culmination of many years of dance and gymnastics training. Few, if any, would describe their life’s work as a “hobby.” That’s why it’s important for California legislators to step in and pass AB 202 so that the cheerleaders for the state’s three NFL teams can enjoy the same labor protections afforded to any other worker. I’m hopeful that if California takes this stand for cheerleaders, other states will follow suit. In order for that to happen, California lawmakers need to hear from us. Will you please sign my petition asking the California State Legislature to pass AB 202 and finally give NFL cheerleaders the rights and protections they deserve?
NFL Teams: Pay Your Cheerleaders A Living Wage
NFL Cheerleaders are one of the most recognizable mainstays of the sport, rooting on their teams in extreme weather and performing routines for millions of fans. But while NFL Cheerleaders bring in as much as $1 million dollars each season for their teams in merchandising and promotions, many get paid as little as $150 per game. In fact, while NFL Cheerleaders do have some opportunities for outside appearances, many of these skilled athletes make less than $1000 per year. Comparatively, an NFL Mascot can make as much as $65,000 per season; and while some NFL teams have recently moved in the direction of paying Cheerleaders minimum wage ($9 per hour), the NFL pays Concession Stand Workers $12-$18 per hour. NFL Cheerleaders spend countless hours at practice each week, perfecting their routines, but most aren’t paid for any of it. Being an NFL cheerleader isn’t a hobby; for many, it’s their dream come true. The selection process for the few slots on each squad is highly competitive and each member is required to have highly specialized dance and athletic skills. It’s time for NFL teams to step up and start paying cheerleaders a “living wage”. Please join me, Paula Abdul, and numerous other great supporters, in asking the 26 NFL teams that have cheerleading squads to commit to paying their Cheerleaders a living wage for the work they do contribute to their respective franchises and the National Football League as a whole.
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