Baseball players’ union lashes out at owners for lockout – Workers World


At midnight on December 2, immediately after the contract between Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association expired, team owners locked out all members of MLBPA. The union posted the following statement on Twitter 20 minutes after the lockout was imposed. In two days, the statement received nearly 13,000 likes.

Major League Baseball has announced a player lockout, shutting down our industry.

Major League Baseball Players Association executive director Tony Clark explains the issues dividing the union and the owners.

This shutdown is a dramatic step, regardless of the timing. This is not required by law or for any other reason. It was the owners’ choice, clear and simple, specifically calculated to pressure players to give up their rights and benefits and abandon good, fair bargaining proposals that will benefit not only the players, but the game and the game. the industry as a whole.

These tactics are not new. We have been here before and the players have lived up to the occasion time and time again, guided by a solidarity that has been forged over generations. We will do it again here.

We remain committed to returning to the field under a negotiated collective agreement that is fair to all parties and that gives fans the best version of the game we all love.


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