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MLB Players Association prepares lockout guide for players, agents

The Major League Baseball Players Association distributed a 36-page guide to prepare players and their agents for the prospect of a lockout when the collective bargaining agreement expires on December 1st at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time.

The guide, obtained by Southern California Newsgroup, addresses questions such as whether players are able to play abroad when there is no major league season, whether they will be drug tested during the lockdown, and if their paychecks stop. how to save money ,

The mere existence of such a document points to an increased likelihood of work stopping in December. If no settlement is reached before the time limit, player transactions will be stopped. Only the minor league portion of the annual winter meetings will be held in Orlando on December 5–9. And the clock will start ticking next February at the start of spring training, with the financial systems of the entire baseball industry in limbo.

The last act in MLB was the 1994–95 players’ strike. With no recent history in professional baseball, the guide draws some of its answers from lessons learned from work pauses in the NFL and NHL.

For example: the MLBPA “will take the position, in line with other sports federations, in the pre-lockdown, that a player who is injured and unable to play at the time of the lockout will receive his salary and access to rehab unless he is medically does not approve.”

The guide cites past precedent in the NFL and NHL declaring it “unlikely” that the MLB can conduct drug tests during the pause of work.

According to the guide, the Players Association will use funds from its reserves to pay for continued coverage of health benefits for the 40-member roster players “if the strike or lockout continues when the 2022 season begins.”

As required by the current CBA, MLB presented a 2022 schedule this summer. The first spring training exhibition game is scheduled for February 25. The opening day of the regular session is March 31.

The guide stipulates that players can play in independent and foreign leagues during the lockdown, but they are not allowed to work in team facilities or team-organized workouts, unless they are rehabilitating a baseball injury.

Players cannot substitute or outright for the minor leagues during a work stoppage, effectively freezing the 40-man roster until a new CBA is agreed upon.

The guide also addresses concerns about less specific collective bargaining benefits:

• Pension benefits: Active 40-man roster players will not earn service time towards their pension during a strike or lockout, but eligible inactive players will continue to receive pay during any work stoppages.

• Health benefits: The MLBPA is not able to pay for coverage for players not legally inactive (not on the 40-man roster), paid through club contributions while working to lose one-third of the subsidy . This means that inactive players who choose to remain on the MLBPA health plan could see an increase in their premiums until a work stoppage is resolved.

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• Licensing contract: To prepare for a possible halt, players voted in 2018 to withhold full licensing checks paid to the MLBPA starting that year.

• Executive Pay: If players fail to receive their stipulated pay, senior MLBPA employees will not receive their pay for the period beginning at that point and for any work stoppages.

• Lost Service Time: Any credit of service time lost due to a work stoppage will have to be part of a negotiated agreement at the end of the work stoppage.

• Unemployment compensation: Many states will provide benefits to locked-out workers, but may impose requirements such as proof of having looked for alternative work. States generally do not provide unemployment benefits to striking workers.

• Foreign work visas: International players who are already in the US on P-1 or O-1 visas do not violate the terms of their visas when the lockdown begins. However, if players are not in the US by December 1, their visas can be revoked.

Finally, the guide outlines the MLBPA’s priorities for this round of collective bargaining. “A comprehensive assessment of our industry shows that player value and player compensation are not moving in the right direction,” it reads. “We have fundamental concerns about the integrity of the system as it currently operates.”

• Incentive competition: “We find that clubs openly choose a model of consistent defeat while still making economic gains. Winning must be valued at all levels, or our system doesn’t work.

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