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MLB and Union go to unemployment

The owners of Major League Baseball teams have voted unanimously for a lockout since Wednesday, after not achieving a new Collective Labor Agreement (CBA) with the Players Union.

According to MLB Network insider Jon Heyman, the team owners of MLB voted unanimously for a lockout, which is defined as a work stoppage in Big leagues. The strike will start from Wednesday, without defining an hour at the moment.

The work stoppage in MLB, occurs after the owners of teams and the Players Union (MLBPA for its acronym in English), failing to agree on a new Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) that will govern the contractual norms and rules of the game in Big leagues.

The current CBA expires at 11:59 pm Eastern time in the United States, therefore, after not being able to agree on a new one at the end of this period, what is already a fact with the work stoppage occurs.

  • International Prospects (July 2) that are close to signing from December 15 to January 15 will not be able to secure contracts
  • Minor League Players eligible for the Rule 5 Draft will not see the draw take place
  • Free agents who have not signed will see negotiation processes frozen, as well as players for arbitration trials
  • Neither party could force the start of the season without first agreeing on a new CBA (Major League Labor Collective Bargaining Agreement between Team Owners and Players)
  • Teams will stop covering their part of the medical insurance policy for the duration of the strike, leading the player to pay for the insurance themselves
  • Players within the Roster of 40 could not under any circumstances use the facilities of their teams, be it from gyms or practice facilities

It is important not to point out or confuse a work stoppage with a “strike”, since MLB is in an off-season, and a strike is only if it comes to influence in the middle of a season, such as the cancellation of games.

There have been about eight MLB stoppages previously, starting in 1972 when 86 games were canceled, 1981 when 713 games were canceled and the last in 1994-95 where 938 games were canceled, the postseason and World Series; for 1973, ’76, 1980, ’85 and 1990 there were no cancellations.

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