• Loading stock data...
Wednesday, July 24, 2024
Join us this September for Tuned In Request to Attend
Law

More Than 50% of MiLB Players Vote to Support Unionization

  • MLBPA sent a letter to MLB asking for voluntary recognition of the union.
  • If MLB does not voluntarily recognize, MLBPA could hold a vote through the NLRB.
Adam Cairns/Columbus Dispatch / USA TODAY NETWORK

Minor League Baseball players are one step closer to finally unionizing.

After sending out authorization cards in late August, the Major League Baseball Players Association announced on Tuesday that over 50% of minor league players have voted to support unionizing.

That figure far exceeds the 30% threshold necessary for next steps.

In a letter sent to MLB, the union asked the league to voluntarily recognize that a majority of minor leaguers are seeking to unionize and formally accept MLBPA as their bargaining representative.

If MLB does not formally recognize the union by a certain date — which has not been publicly reported but was specified in the letter — the union would likely hold a vote through the National Labor Relations Board where 50% of eligible players would need to vote in favor of unionization.

“Minor league players have made it unmistakably clear they want the MLBPA to represent them and are ready to begin collective bargaining in order to positively affect the upcoming season,” MLBPA executive director Tony Clark said in a statement.

MiLB players have dealt with a large host of economic issues over the years — but the tide may finally be starting to turn in their favor.

In July, MLB agreed to a $185 million settlement with minor leagues for a class-action lawsuit alleging that the league had violated labor laws in Arizona, California, and Florida.

Linkedin
Whatsapp
Copy Link
Link Copied
Link Copied

What to Read

Premier League, LaLiga, Unions to FIFA: There Are Too Many Games

Soccer groups say FIFA has abandoned player welfare by chasing profits.
Sep 27, 2020; Washington, D.C., USA; A general view of an Adidas branded logo sign in front of an empty area of stands before the game between the D.C. United and the New England Revolution at Audi Field. Fans were not permitted to attend the game due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Adidas–Bella Hadid Olympics Campaign Controversy: Everything to Know

Adidas navigates the fallout from a campaign commemorating the 1972 Munich Olympics.

Thom Brennaman Returns to Booth Years After Viral Slur

‘There’s a drive into deep left field by Castellanos.’

A Year Into Josh Harris Era, Commanders Unable to Fully Break From Past

It’s been one year since Dan Snyder sold the Washington Commanders.
podcast thumbnail mobile
Front Office Sports Today

NFL’s 18-Game Season & Contract Holdouts, Olympics’ Newest Sport

0:00

Featured Today

The FTC Noncompete Ruling Could Change MMA As We Know It

Fighters could see their options—and earnings—grow.
July 21, 2024

O No Canada: The Next Big Sports Betting Scandal Could Erupt North of the Border

‘It’s open-season for match-fixing up there.’
July 20, 2024

The Road to the Return of ‘EA Sports College Football’

This summer, the biggest development in college sports is virtual.
Apr 15, 2024; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Caitlin Clark poses with WNBA commissioner Cathy Engelbert after being selected with the number one overall pick to the Indiana Fever during the 2024 WNBA Draft at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.
July 16, 2024

Women’s Sports Merch Is a $4 Billion Market, but Supply Isn’t Meeting Demand

Retailers can’t make women’s sports apparel fast enough.

Lawsuits Allege Widespread Copyright Violations by NBA Teams

Almost half the NBA is being sued over copyright issues.
July 22, 2024

USOPC Sues Logan Paul’s Drink Company Ahead of Olympics

It’s not the first time the beverage company is under scrutiny.
July 22, 2024

ACC Commissioner: FSU, Clemson Lawsuits ‘Incredibly Harmful’

Jim Phillips laid into FSU and Clemson during football media days.
Sponsored

TopSpin 2K25 Brings the Legends of Tennis to Your Living Room

2K sports is reviving a classic with TopSpin 2K25.
July 19, 2024

Lamar Jackson, Troy Aikman in Legal Battle Over the Number Eight

The two quarterbacks both have trademarks with the number.
July 19, 2024

Jaguars Sue Ex-Employee for $66.6 Million After Thefts

This could help the Jags avoid suing FanDuel and DraftKings directly.
July 19, 2024

Odell Beckham Jr. and Nike Claim Victory in Jury Ruling That Hands Both $0

The two sides were suing over alleged contract breaches, including OBJ’s gloves.
Oct 2, 2021; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; NFL commissioner Roger Goddell speaks during the Don Shula Celebration of Life at Hard Rock Stadium.
July 13, 2024

The NFL Is Confident It Can Overturn the Sunday Ticket Verdict

The league may have good reason to believe it can win.