Service & Solidarity Spotlight: Minor League Baseball Players Celebrate One Year with a Union

Cole McDonald of the Corpus Christi Hooks, the Double-A affiliate of the Houston Astros.

Working people across the United States have stepped up to help out our friends, neighbors and communities during these trying times. In our Service & Solidarity Spotlight series, we'll showcase one of these stories every day. Here’s today’s story.

Today marks the one-year anniversary of minor leaguers officially joining the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA). The eventful year was highlighted by the minor league players’ achieving their first collective bargaining agreement (CBA). The CBA significantly improved the daily lives of more than 5,000 ballplayers and their families, providing for them better salaries; health benefits; housing; transportation; workplace safety; free agency; name, image and likeness rights; and a prohibition on job cuts through contraction during the course of the CBA. Minor leaguers also have procedures in place to resolve issues that arise with their clubs, including due process in disciplinary matters.

Please support the MLBPA in celebrating this outstanding achievement by resharing the MLBPA video that launched today on their social channels @MLBPA and @MiLB_PLAYERS at 9:30 a.m. ET. Don’t forget to use  #ItsBetterInAUnion.