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CSONKA WANTS TO ORGANIZE NEW NFL UNION

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Hall of Fame running back Larry Csonka is trying to organize a new union for NFL players and part of his platform is a promise of a collective bargaining agreement within 90 days.

NFL players have been without a contract since a five-year agreement expired in 1987. The NFL Players Association, involved in a number of lawsuits against management, decertified as a union last November."I believe the climate is right for the players to get a contract now," said Csonka, who has mailed authorization cards to the players. "I don't think the players understand that. I'm not looking to overthrow the union. That's not the thrust. I don't see it as a fight for control with the union but an opportunity to get all the facts to the players and let them decide."

Gene Upshaw, executive director of the NFLPA, who was elected to the Hall of Fame in the same year as Csonka, predicted the effort would fail as at least two other organizing efforts have since 1987.