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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 | 529 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.
...
“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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