Owners Can Talk Publicly on Labor
Fearing the possibility of a strike date being at the Major League Baseball players? union executive board convention next Monday, Commissioner Bud Selig has lifted the threat of a $1 million fine on club owners for speaking to the press about ongoing contract negotiations. Several owners quickly made use of the decision, attempting to enlist public support to management?s side by accusing the players? union of stalling negotiations and standing in the way of necessary change. Union members and officials are still undecided about the best course of action to take, with some advocating setting a strike date during this season, others urging a post-season strike date, and some suggesting holding off until next season and trying to negotiate an agreement with the owners not to unilaterally implement any off-season rules changes.