The Major League Baseball Players’ Union will join the ranks of the AFL-CIO (1)

The Major League Baseball Players Association has joined the AFL-CIO, the nation’s largest federation of unions.

The move, announced Wednesday by MLBPA Executive Director Tony Clark at a National Press Club event in Washington, D.C., comes after the union announced a campaign to organize minor league players at the end of the last month.

“The MLBPA and each of its 1,200 players have a place in our movement because this union understands and lives the meaning of the word solidarity by harnessing the power of sport and helping others,” said the AFL President. -IOC. Liz Shuler said in a statement.

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Clark added that the decision to join the federation was partly due to the pandemic, and that it will strengthen the organization and help the MLBPA navigate its final minor league endeavors.

But the top union is unlikely to meddle in the federation’s political work.

In response to a question about whether the MLBPA will play a role in providing campaign contributions or blocking union-endorsed candidates as part of its AFL-CIO membership, Clark said “unlikely “.

“Our organization speaks on behalf of the players. And our players have a number of different interests from a number of different backgrounds,” Clark said. “Politics can be politics, but union support is something our guys can get.”

The MLBPA will become the 58th union to join the AFL-CIO, which represents more than 12 million workers.

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