Names of 123 are filed for arbitration

January 17, 1995|By New York Times News Service

NEW YORK -- On a day when the baseball players union took what the clubs view as a fantasy step in their ongoing labor dispute by filing 123 players for salary arbitration, a union official also raised a possibility yesterday that would provide all-too-real consequences for major-league managers, coaches and trainers.

Eugene Orza, the Major League Baseball Players Association's associate general counsel, said union officials soon will talk to managers, coaches and trainers about their intentions of working with the replacement teams that clubs are forming.

"With the clubs moving in this area of replacement players," Orza said, "it's important for us to let managers, coaches and trainers understand that while we have a great deal of sympathy for the position in which they find themselves, we're simultaneously not going to encourage them to assist clubs in busting the players association from which most of them come."

Managers, coaches and trainers participate in the union's licensing program and benefit plan. The licensing program is especially lucrative to coaches and trainers because a coach earning an average salary of about $75,000 receives a similar amount from the union in licensing money, and a trainer earning the average pay of about $40,000 gets about twice that.

Managers, coaches and trainers technically are union members because they pay the membership fee of $20 for each day of the season.

The dilemma the coaches and trainers especially face is that though they would not want to lose the licensing money, if they refuse to work with replacement players, their clubs could fire them and they would not be in position to collect the licensing money anyway.

The 123 players whose names were on the list the union submitted for salary arbitration don't face that kind of choice. Whether they actually go through the defunct arbitration process depends on the outcome of the case before the National Labor Relations Board.

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