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Thursday, May 30, 2013

Labor dispute at company that makes MLB uniforms; Baseball players union lends support

The factory makes uniforms for every major leaguer, from likely Hall of Famers such as Albert Pujols to minor league call-ups like former IronPigs hurler Tyler Cloyd, as well as high-end replicas worn by fans everywhere.

Now a labor dispute that has caught the attention of the Major League Baseball Players Association threatens to disrupt that supply. The textile workers’ three-year contract will expire Friday night. And Pennsylvania Joint Board Workers United, Service Employees International Union is locked in a duel with VF Majestic over medical benefits.

The Major League Baseball Players Association weighed in last week with what might be considered the labor equivalent of chin music to VF Majestic, penning a letter of support for the textile workers at the Palmer Township plant.

“At the end of 2011, our union negotiated a successful new collective bargaining agreement that will expire in December 2016,” wrote Michael Weiner, the Players Association’s executive director and general counsel. “Now is the time for all of you to stick together so that you can achieve your goal as well: a fair contract with good wages, good health care and respect on the job.”

Oh, you can’t scare me, I’m sticking to the union,
I’m sticking to the union, I’m sticking to the union.
Oh, you can’t scare me, I’m sticking to the union,
I’m sticking to the union ‘til the day I die.


eddieot Posted: May 30, 2013 at 10:45 AM | 4 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: labor relations, michael weiner, mlbpa, uniforms

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   1. villageidiom Posted: May 30, 2013 at 01:09 PM (#4455858)
Somehow I picture Casey Affleck in a cheesy moustache working there and stirring up resentment.
   2. Robert in Manhattan Beach Posted: May 30, 2013 at 01:21 PM (#4455878)
"We haven't gotten to that point," Melman said. "We are putting our energy into reaching an agreement. Our members have made it very clear to us their most important goal, in addition to decent wages, is affordable health insurance."

There will be some bad press when the unis starting getting made in China but it will die off after a few news cycles.
   3. Bote Man Posted: May 30, 2013 at 01:38 PM (#4455899)
They can always play naked. Think of the ratings boost from the ladies!! And others!
   4. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: May 31, 2013 at 08:12 AM (#4456630)
“Now is the time for all of you to stick together so that you can achieve your goal as well: a fair contract with good wages, good health care and respect on the job.”
Translated: "We don't currently have any plans to do anything to help you, other than saying 'good luck with that'."

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