Statement from AFL-CIO President Liz Shuler on the minor league players’ union win with the MLBPA:
Today’s overwhelmingly victorious card-check from minor leaguers to be represented by the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) is a historic win that will benefit the players both on and off the field for generations to come.
Minor leaguers have gone more than a century without union representation. In a multibillion-dollar industry, there is no excuse to pay these players below the poverty line. Now, by joining together to use their collective voice at the bargaining table, the minor leaguers will be able to advocate for a union contract that will ensure a future with the good pay and benefits they deserve.
Contact: Kalina Newman, 202-637-5018