Dieter Kurtenbach: You shouldn't have expected any better from A's owner John Fisher
It was Black Tuesday for the A’s, as the team furloughed scouts and other team employees, issued pay cuts to “a number” of other employees, and eliminating a $400-a-week stipend for all minor-league players, citing the lack of revenue amid baseball’s work stoppage.The A’s were not the first team to furlough jobs in the pandemic, but Tuesday’s moves made them the most aggressive cost-cutters in Major League Baseball. The cuts brought about justified outrage and condemnation from fans and baseball media.It should not have elicited surprise, though.This is how the cowardly John Fisher has run the...
The Mercury News
Steve Hummer: Braves great Tom Glavine knows who you'll blame if baseball stays out
ATLANTA — As a union players’ rep the last time baseball was this discombobulated, former Brave Tom Glavine was about as popular with the fans as a $10 spilled beer.He’s well away from all that now, retired for 12 years and 25 years past the baseball strike of 1994-95 in which he took up a position front and center. Players and owners are in the trenches once more, with some hardball negotiating to come as they try to find some way to restart the game in the time of the coronavirus.Asked if this is one time he’s glad to be 54, and glad not to have the union responsibilities that came with his ...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Editorial: Coronavirus liability protections must strike a reasonable balance
As states slowly emerge from stay-home orders, most discussion has rightly focused on physical safeguards for workers, customers and broader communities from COVID-19.But responsible loosening of the public health-related shutdown must also involve setting reasonable limits to liability for companies that have taken recommended precautions and acted in good faith.No one can guarantee that coronavirus transmissions won’t increase — or even spike — with the slow resumption of commercial activity. Even a cautious reopening involves a certain degree of risk. Employers who follow all guidelines to ...
The Seattle Times
Bill Koch: Let's hope MLB players, owners don't strike out
Leave it to Major League Baseball’s owners and players to squabble in the face of a global pandemic.This relationship has never been what you would describe as warm and fuzzy. Strikes and lockouts were the norm for decades, including the shameful cancellation of the World Series in 1994.It feels like we’re building toward another flashpoint this week.Owners have put forth a proposal to the MLB Players Association that would involve restarting spring training in June and a return to the diamond around the Fourth of July. We’re about to find out exactly why it was never as simple as signing and ...
The Providence Journal (Providence, R.I.)
Philly port workers threatened a work stoppage over coronavirus safety precautions. They're still calling for more
Since mid-March, when much of Philadelphia shut down to slow the spread of the coronavirus, the union that represents the thousands of workers who unload and load ships has been calling for better safety precautions at the Port of Philadelphia.The union, the International Longshoremen’s Association Local 1291, wanted workers to be monitored for coronavirus symptoms before coming on-site, protective equipment, and medical staff for workers who felt sick during the day.When nothing happened for weeks, the union increased its pressure. Last week, it told the Ports of Delaware River Marine Trade A...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
From long toss in the backyard to BP in the driveway: How Cubs players are staying ready for an uncertain opening day
Steve Stone had a sobering admission about how he kept his arm sharp during the 1981 strike that lasted 50 days from mid-June to early August.“I can’t remember I did,” recalled Stone, who won the American League Cy Young Award the previous season with the Orioles. “A neighbor happened to be a builder, and we’d occasionally play catch in the street.“But this (current work stoppage) is a different scenario. I didn’t pitch to a catcher until 10 days before a major-league game (after play resumed).”Major League Baseball suspended spring training on March 12 — two weeks before opening day — because...
Boeing indefinitely extends production shutdown at Washington state plants due to coronavirus
Thirty thousand Boeing employees on Wednesday must start taking vacation or sick time, or apply for unemployment, after the region’s largest private employer decided Sunday to keep its Puget Sound plants closed indefinitely.The workers had been paid during the initial two-week work stoppage that began March 25, when Boeing closed its local factories to grapple with the spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.The company told employees Sunday in an email it “is extending the temporary suspension of operations at all Puget Sound area and Moses Lake sites until further not...
The Seattle Times
Jay Ambrose: Nancy Pelosi strikes again
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says President Donald Trump has killed people by the way he has conducted himself during the coronavirus crisis, and, look, I am not going to say in reply that she has killed anybody.But I will say this. She has consistently helped thwart the American good over the past several years, and she is doing it right now, not just by her divisiveness, but by having held up a $2 trillion rescue bill and trying to make parts of it obstacles to success.It was in a CNN interview that she said Trump’s “denial (of the virus threat) at the beginning was deadly,” that he has more r...
Tribune News Service
Grocery strikes spike at Whole Foods, Instacart and Amazon as fear over COVID-19 spreads
Both grocery and delivery workers are holding strikes and walkouts this week as concerns over dangerous work conditions during the COVID-19 pandemic intensify.Employees at Amazon and Instacart went on strike Monday, while Amazon-owned Whole Foods employees are planning a walkout Tuesday.Staff at all three organizations — which do not have unions — are petitioning for safer work conditions, better pay to make up for their increased risk and extended sick leave protections.The strikes come as grocery workers become increasingly worried about their safety. An Albertsons employee in Escondido and ...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Sam Mellinger: Three reasons the NFL's newly ratified CBA is good for the Chiefs (and Chris Jones)
The year’s most transformative element in sports (non-coronavirus category) is likely to be the NFL’s new collective-bargaining agreement.The document is 400 pages and passed by an upright-thin margin (51.5% voted in favor) late Saturday night, so we will reserve the right to adjust our thinking in due time. But at the moment it appears to be like pretty much everything else that’s happened in the league the last two years:Very good for at least three reasons, which we’ll do in ascending order of importance.———3. Long labor peace.The deal runs through 2030. That guarantees more than 40 years o...
The Kansas City Star