Players from the Edmonton Elks and Calgary Stampeders will be able to join the Canadian Football League (CFL) players' strike on Thursday.
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The footballers of the seven other formations of the Ambrosie circuit have been on strike since Sunday, when the collective agreement ended. Members of the Alberta teams could not legally go on strike due to the province's labor laws.
The Elks and the Stampeders are therefore the only clubs to have started their training camp.
The CFL and the players' union were unable to agree on the terms of a new employment contract after long hours of negotiations on Saturday. According to the TSN network, informal discussions have resumed between the two camps.
The circuit's preseason schedule is scheduled to begin next Monday with a duel between the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and the Saskatchewan Roughriders. The CFL has not announced its intentions for this game, but it is unlikely to take place, even if the strike is settled by then.
The maple leaf league saw its first labor dispute since 1974. At the time, the CFL and the players had agreed before the start of the regular season.