Minor league umps affiliate with larger union

BY foxsports • February 22, 2010

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 outs.

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 statement.

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