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UMPIRES COME FORWARD WITH NEW OFFER; LEAGUES NOT IMPRESSED
Published April 18, 1995
The MLBUA lowered their salary demands yesterday, but their new proposal was not enough for the AL and NL to consider ending their lockout of the umpires, according to Murray Chass in today's N.Y. TIMES. MLBUA General Counsel Richie Phillips said the new proposal represents a 40% raise, down from 53% in the previous offer. But management negotiator Robert Kheel disagreed, "saying the front-loaded nature of the increases makes the package far more expensive than Phillips portrays it." The umpires propose a salary range from $90,000 for rookie umps to $265,000 for those with 30 years or more. The owners have offered a 10% increase. Kheel, on the latest MLBUA proposal: "We're very discouraged" (N.Y. TIMES, 4/18). LOOK FOR THE UNION LABEL: Phillips said the umpires are not asking the players to honor their informational picket lines during spring training, but that "will change" during the regular season. Phillips: "We're going to ask the players not to cross those picket lines, not because we want to out them on the spot but because we feel compelled to do that." MLBPA General Counsel Gene Orza said the players "have not resolved nor addressed" the issue of umpires' picket lines (Murray Chass, N.Y. TIMES, 4/15). Former umpire-turned Yankees TV analyst Steve Palermo said he would not work on MSG Network telecasts until the regular umpires return. MSG Exec Producer Mike McCarthy said the network supports Palermo's stance (N.Y. POST, 4/15).