Posts tagged MLB

    Why baseball’s next unionization effort could come from MLB front offices: ‘We’re not protected at all’

    May 8, 2023 // The lawsuit invoked the Curt Flood Act, a 1998 piece of antitrust reform named after the player who sued MLB to end the reserve clause. Judge Gardephe did not find the case convincing enough to transform the Wyckoff and Cox suit into the front-office employee equivalent of Flood's historic triumph; instead, he reinforced that teams were behaving within their rights set forth by MLB's antitrust exemption. "Because scouts' work has a direct and critical effect on the selection of players who will participate in the games that the public will watch," Gardephe opined, "their role cannot be characterized as 'wholly collateral' or 'incidental' to the business of professional baseball."

    MLB and players reportedly reach an agreement to unionize the minor leagues

    September 12, 2022 // The bargaining unit would include minor leaguers except for 40-man major league roster players on option, who are covered by the big league union; players assigned to the Dominican Summer League, which is outside the U.S.; and players on the voluntary retired list. Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said Friday he anticipated an agreement. Martin Scheinman

    MLB, union hold ‘productive’ talks but remain far apart ahead of Monday deadline

    February 27, 2022 // As of early Sunday afternoon, the two sides remained considerably apart on virtually all of the core economic issues which both sides were willing to discuss, including the minimum salary, the pre-arbitration bonus pool and, most notably, the competitive-balance tax. They had made progress on the draft lottery, with the top six picks in play, although the clubs wanted a 14-team tournament and the players prefer 12.

    Labor Tensions Just Came for MLB Spring Training

    February 23, 2022 // Since December, Major League Baseball players have been locked out of their training facilities, thanks to a disagreement between their union and team owners. With the off-season coming to an end, the dispute is now guaranteed to postpone the start of spring training—and could potentially delay Opening Day.

    MLB lockout: Everything to know about baseball’s first work stoppage since 1994-95

    December 2, 2021 // Less than two hours prior to that deadline, however, owners voted unanimously to force a work stoppage on Thursday. They did so in the form of a lockout. As such, baseball will endure a work stoppage for the first time since the players' strike of 1994-95.