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