In September, thousands of junior baseball players joined the players’ union, and Major League Baseball voluntarily agreed to recognize the union as the players’ official bargaining chip. with a team Uncertain time from our colleagues at the shopIn this article, we explore how junior league players face low wages and hard work.
From Frisco RoughRiders to Dayton Dragons, minor league baseball teams are a classic American tradition. But some classic American laws don’t cover their players: players can earn less than the equivalent of minimum wage and don’t get paid for overtime.
Peter Balonon-Rosen of The Uncertain Hour explores just how low wages really are in the “farm system” of Major League Baseball, where MLB calls players “the apprentice.” Minor League players are sharing stories of having to sleep on air mattresses, splitting rent with up to seven other players, and barely able to afford a burrito.
Next, Chrissy Clark, host of The Uncertain Hour, takes us back to the 1930s to show how companies have been resisting worker protections since they first became law.
Finally, we’re back on the field to find out how MLB took advantage of loopholes in federal law to get around paying minimum wages and overtime. A former minor league player turned lawyer has filed a class action lawsuit against MLB and its teams. The league responded by pressing Congress to explicitly rewrite federal law to say baseball should not follow the same wage standards as other industries. The match started.
This is the rebroadcast of the original episode Aired in March 2021.
Reported by: Peter Balloon-Rosen, Chrissy Clark | Produced by: Caitlin Eich, Chris Jolin | Principal Producers: Peter Balloon-Rosen, Chrissy Clark | Edited by: Catherine Winter | Production Director: Omy Mostafa | Mixing and sound design: Jim Briggs and Fernando Arruda with assistance from Brett Simpson and Ameeta Ganatra | Digital Producer: Sarah Merck | Episode Art: Molly Mendoza | Interim Executive Producers: Brett Myers and Taki Telonidis | Host: Allison
Special Thanks: The entire team at The Uncertain Hour, including Muna Danish, Daniel Martinez, Marque Green, Sam Anderson, Robyn Edgar, Tony Wagner, Erica Phillips, Sitara Nieves, and Reveal’s Katharine Mieszkowski.