- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 13, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Arena Football League Players Union is affiliating with the AFL-CIO. The labor union is announcing that the link-up follows a unanimous vote by the league’s Board of Player Representatives.

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka says his group is excited to welcome the AFLPU into America’s labor movement and looks forward to working with the player’s union. AFLPU President Ivan Soto says the partnership will level the playing field for players as the league continues to grow.

The AFL-CIO website says it is currently made up of 56 unions representing 12.5 million workers. The Arena Football League is a small U.S. football league that plays its games inside.

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