Re: Trump to McNeal 'Win or go Home!'
Report: MLBPA, NPBPA, and ULBPA Considering Merger
Special to New York Times
21 September, 1997
NEW YORK - MLBPA President Donald Fehr and ULBPA,
presently headed by Houston Apollos 2B Chuck Knoblauch,
have announced they have begun discussions to merge
the two top level major league players associations in the
United States, along with the Japanese professional baseball
players union into what is being termed the International
Professional Baseball Players Union.
Unlike their American counterparts, the Nippon
Professional Baseball Players Union is a relatively
weak union, with roster rules and compensation
levels not nearly equal to those in the MLB or ULB.
For example, players must have nine years of
service in Japan to become a free agent. The
arbitration procedure in Japan is a farce, with
determinations almost always favoring team
Former Washington Generals owner Josh Allenberg,
who left the team in 1996 to become Secretary of
Labor in the Clinton administration, is reportedly
involved in the process, and anonymous sources
have reported that he is considering leaving his post
to become the president of the proposed super union.
At present, all calls to Secretary Allenberg's office
have not been returned.
Neither Major League Baseball Commissioner Allan H.
"Bud" Selig nor Union Baseball League Commissioner
Richard McNeal offered to comment when informed
of the development.
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Between these two classes a struggle must go on until the workers of the world organize as a class, take possession of the means of production, abolish the wage system, and live in harmony with the Earth.
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