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UMPIRES REJECT LATEST OFFER; BATTLE LOOMS IN ONTARIO COURT
Published April 25, 1995
The American and National Leagues released the details of their latest offer to locked-out umpires, which the umps rejected. The SALARY range would increase from $60,000-175,000 to $70,000-215,000. POST-SEASON PAY: Umpires who work the division series would receive $7,500, LCS $10,000, and World Series $12,500. In addition, all umpires would receive $20,000 from the post-season pool. SEVERANCE PAY would increase to $335,000; DISABILITY PAY would increase from a max of $5,000/month to $6,500; and PER DIEM ALLOWANCE would go from $206.50 to $215. NL President Leonard Coleman: "Every umpire has had between a $16,000 and $20,000 raise, incrementally, over the last four years. No one expects them to go without one for the next four years." AL President Gene Budig: "Our offer exceeds the percentage increases that the country's top management consultants have projected for senior executive compensation" (AL/NL). NO DEAL: The umpires rejected the offer, "making it likely replacements will be working the delayed season opener" in Florida tonight. MLBUA General Counsel Richie Phillips claims the owners' proposal doesn't address the fact that only one umpire would be eligible to make $215,000, that the number of post-season games has been doubled, and the rising costs of living on the road (Ronald Blum, AP/FORT WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM, 4/25). SEE YOU IN TORONTO: The Ontario Labor Relations Board has scheduled a hearing for tomorrow morning on the MLBUA's claim that replacements are barred under provincial labor law. The leagues argue that cancelling Jays games during the lock-out "could trigger wild protests, injury and property damage" (Tony van Alphen, TORONTO STAR, 4/25).