MLB Players Association Seeks to Unionize Minor Leaguers

The Major League Baseball Players Association, which has represented major leaguers in matters of collective negotiations and labor law since 1966, is seeking to do the same for the thousands of players who annually toil in the minor leagues for notoriously low pay.

The MLBPA has sent authorization cards to current minor leaguers asking them to designate the union as their official collective bargaining representative, according to Joon Lee of ESPN and Evan Drellich of The Athletic.

If enough cards are affirmatively returned, the MLBPA will confidentially submit the results to the National Labor Relations Board with the expectation that a union election will be held for minor leaguers, according to Drellich. The timing of such an election would depend on NLRB administration processes, which could take months to complete.


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