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ONE DOWN, ONE TO GO: MLB, UMPS REACH LABOR PEACE
Published May 2, 1995
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).