Articles matching tag: Labor
- Column: Computerized Umps On The HorizonAugust 31, 2017
Controversies in baseball are virtually endless. The Designated Hitter, Instant Replay, Inter-league Play, Wild Cards, Pace of Play - and on and on it goes. Here’s another topic that is starting to heat up: Robot Umps. According to MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred the technology to accurately call balls and strikes will be available sooner rather than later. He’s right, but the availability of the technology isn’t the question; after 150 years of players, fans and the media (mostly) complaining about umpires, should MLB eliminate one of the human elements from the sport?
- Column: Women's Hockey Team Wins On and Off IceApril 6, 2017
“Very united. Very strong. Persevering.” Those words were used by defender Gigi Marvin to describe the Women’s National Hockey team’s 2-0 win over the Canadians in the opening game of the Women’s World Championship. And who would disagree with her? The players were coming off a two-week standoff with USA Hockey, the governing body that oversees international hockey competition. Instead of practicing for the tournament, Marvin and her teammates announced on March 15 they would boycott the tournament unless they received a new contract. Negotiations on a new compensation package began some 15 months earlier but little progress had been made until the women took a firm stand: Pay us or we won’t play. In the end, the hockey federation blinked first.
- Column: MLB Underpays ScoutsJuly 13, 2015
Almost every group of MLB employees seems to think they’re underpaid. In the past two years the league has been besieged by complaints and/or lawsuits from clubhouse attendants, administrative workers, interns, “volunteers,” and Minor League players. They all complain that MLB violates the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) along with state wage and hour laws by failing to pay minimum wage and overtime. In some cases, the plaintiffs have also alleged that MLB’s practices violate federal and state antitrust laws. Now, scouts have jumped on the litigation bandwagon. Two weeks ago former Kansas City Royals scout Jordan Wyckoff filed a class action lawsuit in a New York federal court claiming that many MLB scouts make less than minimum wage and aren’t properly compensated for overtime, practices that violate the FLSA. In addition to his FLSA argument, Wyckoff also alleges that MLB teams conspire to keep scouts’ wages depressed in violation of state and federal antitrust laws.
- Column: MiLB System Under Attack - AgainDecember 22, 2014
Major League Baseball’s Minor League system is under attack - again. In early December four former Minor League Baseball (MiLB) players filed a lawsuit claiming that MLB is in violation of the Sherman Antitrust Act for conspiring to suppress MiLB salaries in a variety of ways. The suit, known as the Miranda case, follows on the heels of the Senne case filed last February. In Senne the Plaintiffs claim that MiLB players are paid less than the minimum wage in violation of the Federal Labor Standards Act (FLSA). MLB countered that MiLB players are seasonal workers; they are apprenticing for a job in MLB; some of the hours devoted to training are for the players’ own benefit; and the players should be classified as interns. If any of those scenarios apply, MLB may be exempt from the provisions of the FLSA.
- Column: Five Takeaways From the Ray Rice Arbitration DecisionDecember 7, 2014
U. S. District Court Judge Barbara S. Jones’ decision to overturn Ray Rice’s indefinite suspension by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell came as no surprise to most observers. The former Baltimore Ravens’ running back won his appeal against the NFL for all the right reasons. Here are five takeaways from Judge Jones’ ruling. 1. Ray Rice wasn’t found “innocent” of committing domestic violence. The arbitration hearing was neither a civil trial to establish liability nor a criminal trial designed to determine guilt or innocence. The sole issue was whether Goodell abused the powers granted to him under the Collective Bargaining Agreement by punishing Rice twice for the same offense, first when he imposed a two-game suspension in July followed by an indefinite suspension in September. Judge Jones confirmed what Rice and everyone in his camp – his wife Janay, his attorney, the NFLPA and Baltimore Ravens’ General Manager Ozzie Newsome, all of whom were present during the initial hearing with Goodell in June - has been saying all along: Rice admitted to striking his then fiancé Janay in an Atlantic City elevator prior to the release of the incriminating video.
- Column: Unionization of College AthletesApril 7, 2014
By now, most Americans are aware of the recent decision to grant Northwestern University football players the right to unionize. The ruling, handed down by National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) director Peter Sung Ohr, has raised the ire – and fear – of the NCAA and college administrators who have issued confusing and sometimes misleading statements concerning the meaning and impact of the decision on college athletics. Let’s take a look at some of the major issues raised by Ohr’s decision. How did Ohr reach his decision? In order to rule for the players, Ohr had to find that they were employees of the university. By law, an "employee" is a person who  under contract,  performs services for another,  subject to that person’s control,  in return for payment.