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Monday, January 16, 2017

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 1-16-2017

Bridgeport Evening Farmer, January 16, 1917:

Baseball is to be unionized. The [ballplayers’] fraternity, through its President, David L. Fultz, applied in Washington, D.C., for a charter from the American Federation of Labor. Samuel Gompers, President of the Federation…said there was no doubt that the fraternity would be admitted to membership.

Tacoma Times, January 16, 1917:

The entire Boston Red Sox baseball club will go on strike if Dave Fultz, head of the baseball players’ fraternity says the word, in the opinion of Duffy Lewis, star outfielder.

An anonymous player quoted in the Washington Times, January 16, 1917:

“We are not fairly represented in all statements sent out from fraternity headquarters…Major league players did not pledge themselves to a sympathetic strike in the interests of minor league men. We agreed not to sign contracts until the major leagues eliminated disability clauses. That has been done. We have no further quarrel.”

We know how this situation played out, but in retrospect, it seems pretty apparent that Fultz should have had some idea that he was overplaying his hand.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: January 16, 2017 at 07:31 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, labor relations

Friday, January 13, 2017

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 1-13-2017

Pittsburgh Gazette Times, January 13, 1917:

Threats of David L. Fultz, president of the Baseball Players’ Fraternity, to call a strike of between 600 and 700 players unless their demands are granted before the beginning of the 1917 season were answered by B.B. Johnson, president of the American League, here [last night].
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“We never again will listen to any proposal he may offer,” President Johnson said. “We invite him to carry out his bluff…The American League will see that Fultz is crushed; driven out of baseball.

Ouch. Fultz did indeed call for a strike, but you can probably guess how well that worked out.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: January 13, 2017 at 09:33 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, labor relations, union

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Minor league umpires get hotel upgrade, family leave, raises

The minimum monthly salary for rookie and short-season Class A umpires, which had started at $1,900 under the previous five-year agreement, will rise to $2,000 under the new deal and increase to as much as $2,300 for a fourth-year umpire.

For full-season Class A, the minimum rises from $2,000 to $2,100 and increases to $2,600 by a seventh season. At Double-A, the minimum goes up from $2,300 to $2,500 and rises to $3,100 by a ninth season. At Triple-A, it goes up from $2,600 to $2,900 and rises to $3,900 by a 14th season.

Per diems increase by $2 annually, to $44.50 this year at Class A, $50 at Double-A and $58 at Triple-A. In 2021, they will be $52.50 at Class A, $58 at Double-A and $66 at Triple-A.

Davo's Favorite Tacos Are Moose Tacos Posted: January 10, 2017 at 12:28 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: labor relations, umpires

Monday, December 05, 2016

OTP: 5 December 2016: Baseball’s New Collective Bargaining Agreement

OTP articles are traditionally whimsical, but not much whimsy is abroad these days.  Since labor relations are always political, here’s an actual baseball-news item for a change: 

Word broke late last week of a new five-year CBA as a deadline fast approached. The luxury-tax threshold — officially called the Competitive Balance Tax — and tougher rules surrounding it quickly emerged as a central theme.

Despite those enhanced rules, what’s glaringly evident is that MLB no longer sees the need to curb overspending via a hard salary cap. That talking point had lingered since the New York Yankees began annihilating everybody with free-agent spending that led to four World Series titles and two other finals appearances from 1996 to 2003.

(Views expressed in the article lede and comments are the views of the individual commenters and the submitter of the article and do not represent the views of Baseball Think Factory or its owner.)

BDC Posted: December 05, 2016 at 10:21 AM | 2020 comment(s)
  Beats: labor relations, politics

Sunday, December 04, 2016

Juliano: Should Baseball Union Be Happy With the Status Quo?

Most in the baseball media have declared management as the winner in the sport’s latest round of labor negotiations. Over the last two days, I’ve portrayed the outcome as a split decision by illustrating how the new CBA will do little to change the prevailing trends in the game. But, that begs the question: is the status quo good for the players?

Renegade (((JE))) Posted: December 04, 2016 at 11:53 AM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: cba, labor relations, mlbpa, owners

Friday, November 18, 2016

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-18-2016

Washington Times, November 18, 1916:

Following the action of the minor leagues in refusing tho consider several demands filed with them by the Baseball Players Fraternity, comes the hint that there many be a general strike by the men who drew salaries for displaying their skill on the diamond.
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“If the players decide to go on strike we will not try to stop them,” said a big baseball man yesterday. “The ball parks will be kept closed next spring if a majority of the players do not sign contracts…[if there is a strike,] club owners will fight the players to a finish. Organized baseball cannot afford to surrender to them.”

The players’ demands were entirely reasonable: Prevent clubs from suspending injured players without pay, allow players who were unconditionally released to sign elsewhere immediately, allow travel expenses for things like reporting to spring training and reporting to minor league assignments, and change the way players’ claims against owners were heard.

Seems crazy that owners would have been willing to drive the sport off a cliff in order to prevent these changes, but I guess labor relations were different in 1916.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: November 18, 2016 at 01:12 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, labor relations

 

 

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