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    USA women’s hockey team boycotting unfair wages


    The United State women’s national hockey team is out to boycott the upcoming World Championship, here’s why. First off USA Hockey funded $3.5 million into Boy’s national developmental program and there is not a women’s equivalent to this program. They are boycotting to make a change for that, and to have funding put into programs for women.

    Another thing is that they are only getting paid 6 months over a 4 year term.  They are only making $1,000 ever month during those 6 months. The women that have participated in the Olympics get a bonus but then their pay only equals out to $20,000 over a 4 year term.

    On March 29, 2017 the USA Hockey has made a settlement with the USWNT and has offered them $70,000 a year and a $2,000 olympic bonus if they go. In total the women will now have about $950,000 every four years compared to the $20,000 they were getting beforehand.

    USA Hockey is also developing a larger foundation for women and girls interested in the sport at the National level. With this settlement it means the women will be on the ice this weekend in Plymouth, Michigan for the World Championships, but there exhibition in Finland got canceled due to the boycott.

    In recent news it was also said that if the USWNT team did not come to a conclusion with USA Hockey the USA Men’s team was going to boycott their World Championships in May.

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