David Murphy: Baseball's salary fight won't prevent a 2020 season, but the next CBA seems destined to end in strike
The nickname was not born from cynicism, but the moniker fits. Baseball is America’s pastime, and there are few things more American in their spirit than the battle between capital and labor. The National League was founded the same year as the Molly Maguire trials, the American League two years before Mother Jones led her March of Mill Children from Philadelphia to New York.The history of baseball is as much a history of labor organization and intra-aristrocratic warfare stemming from the competition for talent. The sport’s modern organization traces back to the elite social clubs of the indu...
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Scientists across the US went on strike Wednesday in support of Black Lives Matter
CHICAGO — For Brian Nord, hearing about yet another black person dying at the hands of police always elicits the same response.“There’s a dense iron ball that kind of sinks down into the pit of your chest,” Nord said. “And it’s just anguish. And then again at the same time it’s like, one more time? It’s like, really, again?”That’s why Nord, an astrophysicist and cosmologist at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Batavia and the University of Chicago, helped lead thousands of scientists to stop all work on Wednesday in a strike to demand academic institutions correct long-standing racial i...
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...
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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...
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