In letter to Martin, Murphy says league “looking into possibility of pension increase for alumni not already receiving pensions”
Green Bay Packers President Mark Murphy, a member of the NFL’s Executive Management Council, responded to concerns related to retired NFL player’s benefits in a letter to NFL Alumni Executive Director and President George Martin.
In the letter, Murphy addresses a proposed pension increase for retired players who completed their careers prior to 1993 saying “that proposal was on the table on March 11, along with many others as part of a comprehensive proposal designed to prevent a work stoppage. We proposed to fund this improved benefit solely through owner contributions without regard to the computation of current player costs or savings from any particular area.” Murphy adds, “Unfortunately, the NFLPA chose to walk away from the negotiations without a response to our proposals.”
Murphy further explains that the proposal offered to the union focused on players currently collecting pensions and included a pension increase of 60% on average for players age 55 or older. “…we will investigate the possibility of including similar players who have elected not to begin their pensions in future negotiations.”
Other improved benefits Murphy says were on the table was easing the qualification standards for the NFL disability plan which he says would result in more qualified players receiving those benefits. Further, an increase to the 88 plan for both institutional and home care costs was proposed.
While alumni continue to receive benefits during the work stoppage, substantive improvements wait in peril until both sides return to the negotiating table on June 7.
Posted on May 21, 2011, in NFL Alumni News and tagged demaurice smith, george martin, green bay packers, mark murphy, National Football League, National Football League Players Association. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.