Friday, October 23, 2015

Minor League Players Suing Major League Baseball over Wages

Major League Baseball has been without a work stoppage since the 1994 strike that cancelled the World Series and with the current collective bargaining agreement set to expire after the 2016 season all signs point to at least a few more years without a hiccup. Many things could happen between then and now to mess with this safe haven of a workplace that Major League Baseball has become including the fact that a federal judge in California granted condition class certification to minor league baseball players allowing them to sue Major League Baseball teams for failing to pay them minimum wage.

The suit dates back to February of 2014 where players claimed to have to work long hours during the season and perform other duties requires by their MLB bosses in the offseason without what they are calling adequate compensation. U.S. Magistrate Judge Joseph C. Spero granted a motion asking the court to certify a proposed Minor League Collective under the Fair Labor Standards Act. Players who will be able to take part in this class action lawsuit will be any minor league player who worked for the MLB or any MLB franchise since February 7, 2011 but did not spend any time in the Major Leagues at the same time.

Minor league players want fair wages for fair pay and I agree with that if they didn’t knowingly sign a contract with the team. I’m glad I’m not the one making this decision because I can see both sides of the equation. Stay tuned I guess. 

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