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By PFW staff

The NFLPA officially recertified as a union on Saturday, which allows it to bargain with the league to finish up the new Collective Bargaining Agreement.

According to NFL Network's Albert Breer, the NFLPA is no longer a trade association. Since facilities opened on Tuesday, the NFLPA had been collecting union cards and needed a majority vote to recertify.

Breer reported Friday evening that the league and players planned to begin CBA talks on Saturday, but the NFLPA could only bargain as a union.

With the recertification process complete, negotiations to complete the CBA can get going so they can be completed by Aug. 4, when the league year is set to begin.

The way we see it

Consider this the final hurdle of the entire four-plus-month labor dispute, assuming the CBA gets finalized without any issues. When the framework to an agreement was in place, the recertification process seemed to hold up ending the lockout, as the owners wanted a quick recertification but the players said it would take time. DeMaurice Smith made it clear that deciding to recertify was an important decision for the players. It took just over four days to complete, and the 10-year CBA should be finalized soon.

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