The MLB Players Association (MLBPA) announced on Friday that they would be creating a $1 million fund to help stadium workets through the lockout.
MLB imposed a lockout on December 2, trying to put some pressure on the players to negotiate a new collective bargaining agreement (CBA).
They didn’t join those claims with facts, however, and both sides didn’t talk for over a month.
The league established a deadline (first on Monday, then moved to Tuesday) to get a deal done, or it would cancel regular season games.
The sides couldn’t agree on a new CBA, and Commissioner Ron Manfred cancelled the first two series of the season.
Players Aren’t The Only Ones Affected By The Halt Of Play
Players aren’t the only ones affected by the lockout: each team has several workers at various levels, and they won’t collect their paychecks if the lockout isn’t lifted.
The union announced their fund with these workers in mind, to somehow help him through these difficult times.
The league, however, will also announce some kind of help for them.
“Checked with a MLB source: The league is also setting up a fund for workers impacted by the delay to the season. They’ll announce details soon,” was Jesse Rogers’ tweet.
Checked with a MLB source: The league is also setting up a fund for workers impacted by the delay to the season. They'll announce details soon.
— Jesse Rogers (@JesseRogersESPN) March 4, 2022
It’s a little odd, to say the least, that MLB is helping the workers with a fund when they could very well end the lockout and secure everybody’s payday in full (minus the two series already cancelled), but it’s good, at least, that they are thinking about workers and staffers.
Everybody is hoping that owners and players can reach a new CBA relatively quickly so everyone working for an MLB team in any way can provide to their households.