Cardinals lefty Andrew Miller: 'There's still some doubt we're going to have a season'
ST. LOUIS, Mo. — There were times throughout the negotiations between the players’ union and Major League Baseball owners that Andrew Miller, a veteran on the committee involved in those talks, that he felt a season was unlikely because of disagreements between the sides.The biggest threat of all to the season both sides agreed on.And it’s still there.“Absolutely. I think there’s still some doubt that we’re going to have a season now,” Miller said. “We’re here, but I’m from Florida – I read my local every day and I think we’re over 10,000 (coronavirus) cases again. By no means is this a slam d...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
MLB won't make counter offer to Players Association; season likely not to be more than 60 games
NEW YORK — MLB does not plan to make a counter offer to the player’s union to try to restart the season.On Friday, after another tumultuous, yet somewhat positive, week of back-and-forth salary negotiations between the Players Association and the league, MLB decided not to counter the union’s 70-game plan. It also wouldn’t agree to a 2020 season with more than 60 games played in it.“MLB has informed the Association that it will not respond to our last proposal and will not play more than 60 games,” the Players Association responded in a statement. “Our Executive Board will convene in the near ...
New York Daily News
Former Planned Parenthood Great Plains CEO accused of abusive behavior, systemic racism
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The former head of Planned Parenthood Great Plains, who left for New York in 2017 to run the organization’s largest affiliate, is being accused by her current and former staff of abusive behavior, systemic racism and financial mismanagement.More than 300 people have signed an “Open Letter” released Thursday calling for Laura McQuade’s removal as president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Greater New York. The letter also calls for an independent investigation into the allegations as well as salary cuts for top officials earning more than $100,000.McQuade was president and CE...
The Kansas City Star
For the NBA players, canceling the season could devastate the salary structure for now and the future
For the NBA players, the risks and implications of joining the Orlando bubble have largely been identified and dissected. The most obvious involves the coronavirus, which is spiking in Florida and easily transmissible indoors. Everybody assumes that risk in the NBA bubble — the players, the coaches, the referees, the operational staff. Then there’s the threat of injury, which is especially significant to players on the verge of big contracts. According to a source, Boston Celtics’ forward Jayson Tatum, who is eligible for a max extension in the offseason, has expressed reluctance to play for t...
New York Daily News
UAW demands apology, congressional inquiry into Facebook over the word 'unionize'
Facebook says it was a mistake. But the UAW and AFL-CIO say it is censorship and illegal.Here’s what happened: On June 10, Facebook had a work session about a new tool on its Workplace platform, which is an employee communications system similar to Microsoft Teams.Facebook leaders discussed that the tool could provide content control, designed for administrators to cut down on bullying and harassment. One example given by Facebook as a topic employers might like to block using the tool was the word “unionize.”The suggestion outraged the UAW and AFL-CIO unions and prompted the UAW on Monday to ...
Detroit Free Press
Minneapolis chief to withdraw from negotiations with police union
MINNEAPOLIS — Police Chief Medaria Arradondo said Wednesday that he will step away from contract negotiations with Minneapolis’ powerful police union, the latest in a series of reforms meant to restore faith in the beleaguered department following the death of George Floyd.“I need to as chief step away from the table with the Minneapolis Police Federation and really take a deep dive in terms of how we can do something that is historically been something that is in the way of progress, that I’ve been hearing from many in our city,” Arradondo said. “It’s time that we have to evolve.”Arradondo’s ...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Will Bunch: Why do police unions talk and act like the Mafia? How can we stop them?
Finally! After an unforgettable week in which America — already reeling from the brutal caught-on-video Minneapolis police killing of George Floyd, on top of a pandemic, a recession and … everything — watched with dropped jaw literally dozens of videos of police clubbing, shoving or driving into peaceful protesters, or tear-gassing them and even maiming some for life with rubber bullets, some officers are finally standing up and declaring: “I quit.”The problem is, the 57 members of the police riot response unit in Buffalo, N.Y., who “resigned” — to be clear, these cops aren’t giving up their j...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Paul Sullivan: Let's just fast forward through the tedious MLB negotiations to the end for the eventual — and obvious — solution
Baseball took its first step to a restart on May 11 when owners gave the go-ahead to begin negotiating with the players’ union on a potential return around the Fourth of July.But a 50-50 revenue sharing split was shot down by players before it was even proposed, and a tiered salary structure taking more money out of the higher-paid players’ pockets also was a non-starter.So here we are in early June, with the NHL and NBA much closer to their restart agreements than MLB, making the fight between baseball owners and the union even more aggravating to shell-shocked fans who just want to sit back ...
Paul Sullivan: 12 questions as Major League Baseball and the players union enter a key week of negotiations
CHICAGO — The fate of the 2020 baseball season could be decided by the end of next week, which most have pointed to as a soft deadline for an agreement between MLB and the players union.Though negotiations have been contentious — to say the least — and neither side appears willing to budge on a fair way to compensate players during a pandemic-shortened season without fans, hope springs eternal that they can reach a compromise and play ball.Here are some things we’ve learned from discussions with baseball people on both sides of the issue.———1. What is the drop-dead date for a decision to start...
Michael Cunningham: MLB's labor offer threatens damage to its best product: star players
The latest proposal by baseball owners for a 2020 season is so transparent in its attempt to divide the players’ union that it must be a gambit. Surely, they offered a deal they knew would quickly be rejected and rankle star players only because their next proposal will look good by comparison. I hope that turns out to be the case.But then I consider baseball’s poor track record marketing its product, the players. I think of MLB’s even longer track record of disparaging players during labor negotiations. And I must conclude that it’s possible that franchise owners are so intent on squeezing as...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution