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Sunday, March 03, 2019

MLB players love our caps. The people who make them for us deserve fair wages.

... I found one offseason development in the baseball business world particularly distressing.

For almost 60 years, workers at New Era’s factory in Derby, N.Y., have been making the caps that players wear during games. And since 1993, that factory near Buffalo has been the sole manufacturer of on-field caps for Major League Baseball. But the company announced in November that it would close the plant as part of a corporate shift away from manufacturing, transferring most of its work to overseas contractors and production for MLB to a nonunion facility in Florida. That means all 750 union-organized professional baseball players who will take the field on Opening Day this season will be wearing caps made by people who don’t enjoy the same labor protections and safeguards that we do — and fans will be buying caps made overseas at lower wages than U.S. workers earn. Our union helps ensure that we earn fair pay and benefits. It’s unfortunate that isn’t the case for the people who make something as integral to our game as the caps we wear…

NattyBoh Posted: March 03, 2019 at 10:41 AM | 0 comment(s)
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