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Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Law Professor's New Book Argues for Unionization of Minor League Baseball

Via the Workplace Law Prof blog and my colleague Joseph Slater, McGeorge Law Professor and labor arbitrator Don Wollett has released a new book, Getting on Base: Unionism in Baseball. The book argues that minor league baseball players should be organized into a union. Among the responses so far:
Great! …[I] agree … not affording collective-bargaining to minor leaguers is self-serving and outrageous. Chuck Mack, Vice President of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters.

Great contribution to baseball history…invaluable insights. Judge Alan Hancock.

After you’ve read Getting On Base…, you, the silent partner, may want to stand up and be heard, Duane Beeson, Esq., senior partner Beeson, Tayer and Bodine.

Don’s ideas about “members-only” bargaining for minor league players in, for example, the independent minor league teams in the U.S., and a different kind of “full services union” (complete with hiring halls) in the foreign player market, are very creative, Charles Askin, arbitrator.


As a starving minor leaguer, I know personally that minor leaguers are desperately in need of unionization. However, the difficulties in accomplishing such a feat are great. It is such a numbers game in minor league baseball that most are afraid to do anything that goes against the status quo. For this reason, salaries and contracts remain almost exactly the same today as that of 30 years ago.

The past three years I tried to illuminate the life of minor league players through my blog at the Sporting News.
I will this season be blogging for Baseball America.

Blogger gbroshuis -- 2/24/2009 10:54 PM  

"...minor league baseball players should be organized into a union."
From this it is not enough what to turn out. Too many problems.

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