AP source: Minor leaguers reach 5-year labor deal with MLB

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NEW YORK (AP) — Baseball minor leaguers reached a historic initial collective bargaining agreement with Major League Baseball on Wednesday, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because details were not announced.

The sides reached the five-year deal two days before the start of the minor league season and hours after a federal judge gave final approval to a $185 million settlement reached with MLB last May of a lawsuit filed in 2014 alleging violations of federal minimum wage laws.

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Union staff recommended approval and about 5,500 minor leaguers were expected to vote by Thursday.

Minimum salaries will rise from $4,800 to $19,800 at rookie ball, $11,000 to $26,200 at Low Class A, $11,000 to $27,300 at High Class A, $13,800 to $27,300 at Double A and $17,500 to $45,800 at Triple-A.

Players at Double-A and Triple-A will be guaranteed a single room on the road. The domestic violence and drug policies will be covered by the union agreement.

Major leaguers have been covered by a labor contract since 1968 and the average salary has soared from $17,000 in 1967 to an average of $4.22 million last season. Minor leaguers earned as little as $10,400 last year.

The Major League Baseball Players Association took over as the bargaining representative of the roughly 5,500 players with minor league contracts last September after a lightning 17-day organization drive.


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Ronald Blum, The Associated Press

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