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Baseball-MLB unveils $1 million fund for workers affected by lockout

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FILE PHOTO: March 4, 2022; Phoenix, Arizona, United States; The empty Salt River Fields where spring training would take place at Talking Stick/Patrick Breen-USA TODAY NETWORK/File Photo

March 8, 2022

(Reuters) – Major League Baseball said Tuesday it has set up a $1 million fund to assist workers affected by canceled spring training games as a result of the ongoing player lockout over a labor dispute are.

The fund is managed by teams of individuals based on financial needs and is available to part-time and seasonal workers, including concessionaires, ground staff, security guards, clubhouse and general ballpark and game operators.

MLB also said an additional fund will be established for the seasonal and part-time workers impacted by missed regular season games, with details to be announced at a later date.

“Unfortunately, the people who make spring training such a first-rate experience for our fans have been affected through no fault of their own,” MLB commissioner Robert Manfred said in a press release.

“As an institution, Major League Baseball and our clubs remain committed to supporting our most vulnerable employees.

“We hope this fund will alleviate some of the financial concerns they’ve faced from missing Grapefruit and Cactus League games this spring.”

The announcement comes after MLB players said last week they would be launching a $1 million relief fund for workers impacted by the ongoing lockout.

MLB locked out its players in December after failing to agree on a new collective bargaining agreement.

The league has since announced that spring training games, originally scheduled for late February, will not begin until March 18 at the earliest, while the first week of the regular season has been cancelled.

(Reporting by Frank Pingue in Toronto; Editing by Ken Ferris)

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