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BASEBALL HELD HOSTAGE -- DAY 68: TALKS TO RESUME TOMORROW
Published October 18, 1994
Sources on both sides of the baseball labor dispute indicated that the next bargaining session -- originally scheduled for today in New York -- will take place in Washington tomorrow. But it is not known whether all future negotiations will be held in DC. In Baltimore, Peter Schmuck notes the change in venue "would mesh" with former Labor Secretary William Usery's style of mediation. Usery "has a reputation for keeping the bargaining unit at the table for long hours, and may believe that moving both sides out of New York will raise the discomfort level to a point where they will be more receptive to a compromise" (Baltimore SUN, 10/18). Meanwhile, MLB players continued to file for free agency. The owners have not imposed their 45-day freeze on players filing for free agency and signing contracts, "but they likely will impose a freeze on signings soon." Chuck O'Connor, General Counsel of MLB's Player Relations Committee, said the owners will discuss the measure within the next few days. O'Connor noted that there would not be a freeze on filings, just on signings. The MLBPA has said a freeze on signings would be a form of collusion (Mark Maske, WASHINGTON POST, 10/18). THE OWNERS' TEAM: The owners' negotiating team will most likely include Red Sox owner John Harrington, Rockies owner Jerry McMorris and Brewers VP & General Counsel Wendy Selig-Prieb (Murray Chass, N.Y. TIMES, 10/18).