Minor league umps affiliate with larger union
Minor league umpires are joining up with a larger union.
The Association of Minor League Umpires said Monday it is
affiliating with the Office and Professional Employees
International Union (OPEIU) of the AFL-CIO. The union will be
called AMLU/OPEIU Guild 322 – for three balls, two strikes and two
The AMLU formed in 2000 and struck six years later for nearly
two months before ratifying a six-year contract that May 30.
Minor league umpires are paid only during the season, and the
starting salary is $1,800 per month.
“We’re now looking to take the umpires to another level and
secure rights and benefits afforded to other baseball
professionals, including wage improvements, job security and better
working conditions,” AMLU president Shaun Francis said in a