Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

MINOR LEAGUES ; MLB Doesn't Think Minor Leaguers Should Get OT

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

MINOR LEAGUES ; MLB Doesn't Think Minor Leaguers Should Get OT

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SAN DIEGO - Major League Baseball doesn't think minor leaguers should be entitled to overtime. Minor leaguers filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in San Francisco two years ago, alleging their pay violates federal and state minimum wage and overtime laws. The case could go to trial next year.

Two members of the House of Representatives, Kentucky Republican Brett Guthrie and Illinois Democrat Cheri Bustos, introduced legislation last month that would amend the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 to state no employer could be subject to liability under that law for work performed by minor league baseball players, who are not unionized. Six days later, Bustos announced she was withdrawing her support of the proposed legislation, which is called the Save America's Pastime Act.

"This is not a dollars-and-cents issue, baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said Tuesday during his annual meeting with the Baseball Writers' Association of America. "It is the irrationality of the application of traditional workplace overtime rules to minor league baseball players. It just makes no sense. I want to take extra BP - am I working, or am I not working? Travel time - is every moment that you're on a bus, is that your commute that you don't get paid for or is that working time? Where's the clock? Who's going to punch a clock to keep track of those hours? When you're eating in a clubhouse with a spread that the employer provided, is that working time or is that your lunch break?

Minor league minimums are $1,100 a month for a five-month season at Class A, $1,500 a month at Double-A and $2,150 at Triple-A, and players get $25 meal money on road trips and a dinner is provided at ballparks after games. …

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