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Major League Baseball Basic Agreement

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November 23, 2011 – Players and owners get a new working agreement with provisions that extend the playoffs to 10 teams and set up blood tests on human growth hormone. The MlBPA Players Choice Group Licensing Program uses collective marketing to help licensees and sponsors who wish to associate their brands and products with those of major league players, teams and coaches. By an individual agreement with each player, MLBPA has the exclusive right to use, license and sublicensing names, numbers, nicknames, similarities, signatures and other personal clues (known as promotional rights) of Active Major League Baseball players who are members to be used in connection with products, brands, services or product lines, if more than two players are involved. On November 21, 2013, Michael Weiner, MLBPA`s CEO, died after 15 months of fighting with a non-operable brain tumor. He was 51. Tony Clark, assistant executive director, was named executive director on December 2, 2013, the first former Major League Baseball player to hold the position. [17] Term Edition: 1970 – December 31, 1972. The new basic agreement applies to the 1970, 1971 and 1972 seasons. All provisions, including new payments for spring training, are retroactive to early 1970. Minimum wage: the minimum wage rises to US$12,000 for 1970, US$12,750 for 1971 and US$13,500 for 1972. Reserve Clause: The issue of the reserve clause is filed until the Curt Floods cartel action is settled by the courts.

Once the flood deal is over, the problem can be reopened for negotiations between seasons. Arbitration: Arbitration is amended with an impartial arbitrator “nuts and bolts” of work claims that do not include “integrity of the game” issues. The Commissioner retains his role as the last arbitrator after a formal hearing in cases involving “integrity” or “public confidence” in the game. The Commissioner had previously been the court of last resort to resolve virtually all differences. Wage reduction: the maximum salary reduction remains 20 per cent compared to the previous year`s salary. The new contract adds an additional requirement: no player can reduce his salary by more than 30 percent in two years. Severance Pay: The agreement expands the number of players eligible for severance pay, players dismissed during spring training receiving 30 days` salary (one first), players who were laid off after opening day and who receive 60 days` salary (one third of their salary) and players made redundant after May 15 will receive full salaries for the year. Right of representation: Owners recognize the right of players to hire an agent to negotiate a contract/salary with management. Tender time: The deadline for teams to offer contracts for the following season for unsigned players is January 15. Winning Actions: Owners agree to increase the pool of money paid to players for their clubs` place in the table and after the season by US$250,000. (Players receive money for first, second or third place in their division as well as for the rise or victory of the World Series.) Operating Rules: The 1970 agreement prevents changes to baseball operational rules, such as exceptions, options or schedule, without prior negotiations and agreements with the union. Until now, owners could make unilateral changes to player benefits.

Stress Allowance: The agreement increases the amounts of the weekly bursary during spring training and the daily meal allowance during the season. Schedule: Start time for “Getaway” games from 18 .m to 17.m. if a club has a game in another city the next day. However, the schedule of 162 games is maintained. (The players had pleaded for a return to a game plan of 154.) Pension: With the pension contract expiring on March 31, 1972, players are again trying to increase management contributions.

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