Why Baseball Minor Leaguers Voted to Unionize

Source: In These Times
by Abe Asher

“Minor league baseball has long been notorious for its low wages and grueling working conditions. But that could soon change, as players are on the brink of one of the most sweeping unionization drives that professional sports has seen in years. On Tuesday, the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) announced that more than half of minor league players voted to unionize and that it is seeking voluntary recognition from Major League Baseball (MLB) to represent minor leaguers. If the league refuses, a National Labor Relations Board election that would provide a referendum …. Dr. Travers, a professor of sociology and anthropology at Simon Fraser University who uses a single name, said that sport has long been treated as a kind of ‘quasi profession’ with different cultural norms than many other industries – but that appears to be changing.” (09/12/22)