In September, 1000’s of youth league baseball gamers joined the gamers union, and Major League Baseball voluntarily agreed to acknowledge the union as gamers’ legitimate bargaining consultant. With the crew of The Uncertain Hour from our colleagues at Marketplace, we discover how minor league gamers face low wages and grueling paintings.
From the Frisco RoughRiders to the Dayton Dragons, minor league baseball groups are a vintage American custom. But their gamers aren’t lined by way of some vintage American regulations: Players can earn not up to the an identical of minimal salary and don’t receives a commission additional time.
The Uncertain Hour’s Peter Balonon-Rosen explores simply how low wages truly are in Major League Baseball’s “farm system” of youth leagues, the place the MLB calls gamers “trainees.” Minor league gamers percentage tales of getting to sleep on air mattresses, splitting hire with as much as seven different gamers and infrequently having the ability to find the money for a burrito.
Then, Krissy Clark, host of The Uncertain Hour, takes us again to the Nineteen Thirties to turn how firms had been pushing again towards employee protections since they first was regulation.
Finally, we return to the ballfield to be told how the MLB has exploited loopholes in federal regulation to get round paying minimal salary and additional time. One former minor league participant-became-legal professional filed a category-motion lawsuit towards the MLB and its groups. The league replied by way of lobbying Congress to explicitly rewrite federal regulation to mention baseball doesn’t must observe the similar pay requirements as different industries. The recreation used to be on.
This is a rebroadcast of an episode that at the beginning aired in March 2021.
Reported by way of: Peter Balonon-Rosen, Krissy Clark | Produced by way of: Caitlin Esch, Chris Julin | Lead manufacturers: Peter Balonon-Rosen, Krissy Clark | Edited by way of: Catherine Winter | Production supervisor: Amy Mostafa | Mixing and sound design: Jim Briggs and Fernando Arruda, with lend a hand from Brett Simpson and Ameeta Ganatra | Digital manufacturer: Sarah Mirk | Episode artwork: Molly Mendoza | Interim govt manufacturers: Brett Myers and Taki Telonidis | Host: Al Letson
Special thank you: The complete crew at The Uncertain Hour, together with Muna Danish, Daniel Martinez, Marque Green, Sam Anderson, Robyn Edgar, Tony Wagner, Erica Phillips, Sitara Nieves and Reveal’s Katharine Mieszkowski.