SBD/2/Leagues Governing Bodies

ONE DOWN, ONE TO GO: MLB, UMPS REACH LABOR PEACE

     The American and National Leagues and the MLBUA announced
yesterday that they had reached agreement on a five-year CBA
ending the lockout.  Highlights of the deal, as listed in the
joint release (AL/NL/MLBUA):
     -- Salary structure increase to range of $75-225,000
          -- All umpires receive $20,000 post-season bonus
          -- Umpires who work All-Star Game will receive an
               additional $5,000
          -- Umpires who work Division Series will receive an
               additional $12,500
          -- Umpires who work League Championship Series will
     receive an additional $15,000
          -- Umpires who work World Series will receive an
               additional $17,500
          -- Per diem increased to $220, with cost of living
               adjustments in subsequent years
          -- The deal is good through December 31, 1999
          -- Umpires return to work Wednesday, May 3, 1995
          OFFICIALS SALARIES IN THE FOUR MAJOR LEAGUES:
               LEAGUE      LOW          HIGH
                MLB      $75,000      $225,000
                NBA       67,000       177,000
                NHL       35,000       181,000
                NFL       30,800        68,000  (ESPN, 5/1).
     REAX FROM BOTH SIDES:  MLBUA General Counsel Richie
Phillips:  "This is an agreement in which everybody won.  The
Leagues have ensured five years of labor peace with the umpires,
and from the umpires' point of view, the economic advances we
felt we needed are included."  AL President Gene Budig:  "The
agreement passes the test of fairness and we are pleased to have
the entire Major League Baseball family back in place"
(AL/NL/MLBUA).  MLBUA President Jerry Crawford, on the players'
support: "They did us a real service by going in and playing,
they showed what we were worth, and it meant a lot"
("SportsCenter," ESPN, 5/1).
     MEDIA REAX:  In Chicago, Dave Van Dyk writes, "It may be one
month late, but baseball has total peace and all the real pieces
back" (CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, 5/2).  In Atlanta, Thomas Stinson
notes, "The union settled for less than the 47 percent raises it
sought but gained substantially on postseason renumeration"
(ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 5/2).  In Philadelphia, Jayson Stark
writes that baseball profits by creating "an incentive system
that will reward umpires who do the best work with a new tier of
bonuses" (PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 5/2).  Management put the
overall pay hike at 16%, but Murray Chass notes, "individually,
umpires could do much better."  In fact, 30-year veteran Harry
Wendelstedt could earn a maximum of $282,500, a 37% raise (N.Y.
TIMES, 5/2).
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