MLB players create a $1M fund to help workers affected by the lockout

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Major League Baseball players who are locked out have started a fund of $1 million to help workers affected by cancelled games.

Players’ Association announced Friday that the fund would be administered jointly by the AFL-CIO and the union. It will be distributed among stadium workers and other people who were affected by the ninth baseball work stoppage. This was on its 93rd day.

On February 26, spring training games did not begin as planned. Commissioner Rob Manfred cancelled Tuesday the two series that each team was scheduled to play during the regular season.

Andrew Miller and Max Scherzer, members of the union executive board, stated in a statement that while many are not seen or heard, they are essential to the entertainment experience. They will be affected by the lockout of the owners and cancellation of games. We want to let them know we support them through this fund.

The union identified broadcast and concession crews as well as ushers, security guards, transport and janitors, among others, for MLB games.

Tony Clark, union head, stated in a statement that the fund was meant to help workers most affected by the MLB-imposed lockout. However, the owners have ignored their livelihoods in their attempts to force players to accept an unfair deal.