The MLB Players Association is creating a $1 million fund for stadium workers impacted by the owner-imposed lockout
The Major League Baseball Players Association has announced a $1 million fund to support stadium workers affected by the MLB’s owner-imposed lockout.
Stadium workers, concession crews, ballpark janitors, and many more are often hidden in the shadows of the players and owners. Players often take the top spot of concern when it comes to baseball, but everybody forgets about the thousands of workers losing their jobs due to the owner-imposed lockout.
“There are a lot of people who make our game great. Many aren’t seen or heard, but they are vital to the entertainment experience of our games. Unfortunately, they will also be among those affected by the owner-imposed lockout and the cancellation of games. Through this fund, we want to let them know that they have our support.”- MLBPA Executive Leader Andrew Miller, and Mets starter Max Scherzer
“Whether you’re a worker on the baseball field or a worker behind the scenes, we all deserve the respect and dignity on the job. The labor movement will do everything in our power to support these and all workers.” – AFL-CIO President Liz Shuler
The Players Association announced the donation on Friday along with the AFL-CIO, a federation of unions. The players know that they couldn’t provide this beautiful game to millions of fans without the support of everybody behind the scenes. The AFL-CIO and the MLB Players Association are determined to do whatever they can to provide for the workers that keep their stadiums standing.
Stadium workers will be receiving their second fund in just two years. The first came back in 2020 when COVID-19 shut down the MLB. Each team donated $1M to a general fund, totaling a $30M donation. The owners and players vowed to protect their workers back in 2020, and the players will continue that support in 2022.
MLB Deputy Commissioner Dan Halem met with the Players Association’s lead negotiator Bruce Meyer on Tuesday in New York City. The two met for around 90 minutes, but no formal proposals were mentioned, according to Bob Nightendale. The Lockout Continues.
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