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By Buster Olney and Buster Olney,SUN STAFF | February 9, 1997
Kevin Malone, the Orioles assistant general manager, responded to umpires' lawyer Richie Phillips yesterday, saying he should mind his own business.Phillips criticized the statement by Orioles owner Peter Angelos that he would pay second baseman Roberto Alomar during his five-game suspension, which he received for spitting on umpire John Hirschbeck. On Friday, Phillips said, "When you pay someone during suspension, what you are in effect giving them is a paid vacation."Malone said yesterday: "Who is [Phillips]
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By Peter Schmuck and Peter Schmuck,SUN STAFF | May 12, 2001
Nine veteran major-league umpires will be returning to work two years after a failed bargaining gambit by the old Major League Umpires Association left a third of its members out of work. Arbritrator Alan Symonette ordered Major League Baseball to rehire nine of the 22 umpires left unemployed when management accepted their resignations. Thirteen remain unemployed. The failed resignation strategy - conceived by former union boss Richie Phillips - fractured the MLUA and led to the formation of a new union under the leadership of umpire John Hirschbeck, but many Phillips loyalists chose to pursue arbitration rather than accept a deal negotiated by the new World Umpires Association that would have put about half of them back in uniform.
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By Peter Schmuck and Peter Schmuck,SUN STAFF | November 2, 1999
More than 60 major-league umpires are expected to attend a meeting in Baltimore today to discuss the possible decertification of the Major League Baseball Umpires Association and the formation of a new union.The Major League Umpires Independent Organizing Committee hopes to persuade a majority of umpires to topple longtime union czar Richie Phillips and put the future of the 93 members of the existing union in new hands. Phillips is not expected to attend the meeting, which will take place at the Inner Harbor Days Inn.The dissident movement gained momentum under veteran umpires Joe Brinkman, Dave Phillips and John Hirschbeck after 22 umpires lost their jobs in an ill-advised job action in July.
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By Peter Schmuck and Peter Schmuck,SUN STAFF | February 25, 2000
Longtime union chief Richie Phillips finally struck out yesterday. The National Labor Relations Board denied his final attempt to overturn the election that decertified his Major League Umpires Association and sanctioned a new umpires union. The new union, which was organized by veteran umpires Joe Brinkman, John Hirschbeck and Dave Phillips, is now free to begin negotiating a labor contract with Major League Baseball, though first it will meet Sunday in Phoenix to elect officers and choose a negotiating committee.
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By Peter Schmuck and Peter Schmuck,SUN STAFF | January 22, 2000
The National Labor Relations Board took another important step toward certifying a new union for major- league umpires yesterday when it shot down an attempt by deposed union chief Richie Phillips to challenge the election that decertified the Major League Baseball Umpires Association. The ruling set the stage for the Independent Umpires Organizing Committee to begin representing major-league umpires in negotiations with Major League Baseball on a new labor contract, though Phillips and MLBUA president Jerry Crawford still have the option of filing one more appeal before the NLRB certifies the new union.
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By Peter Schmuck and Peter Schmuck,SUN STAFF | May 12, 2001
Nine veteran major-league umpires will be returning to work two years after a failed bargaining gambit by the old Major League Umpires Association left a third of its members out of work. Arbritrator Alan Symonette ordered Major League Baseball to rehire nine of the 22 umpires left unemployed when management accepted their resignations. Thirteen remain unemployed. The failed resignation strategy - conceived by former union boss Richie Phillips - fractured the MLUA and led to the formation of a new union under the leadership of umpire John Hirschbeck, but many Phillips loyalists chose to pursue arbitration rather than accept a deal negotiated by the new World Umpires Association that would have put about half of them back in uniform.
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By Peter Schmuck and Peter Schmuck,SUN STAFF | February 25, 2000
Longtime union chief Richie Phillips finally struck out yesterday. The National Labor Relations Board denied his final attempt to overturn the election that decertified his Major League Umpires Association and sanctioned a new umpires union. The new union, which was organized by veteran umpires Joe Brinkman, John Hirschbeck and Dave Phillips, is now free to begin negotiating a labor contract with Major League Baseball, though first it will meet Sunday in Phoenix to elect officers and choose a negotiating committee.
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By Peter Schmuck and Peter Schmuck,SUN STAFF | September 5, 1999
Umpires union chief Richie Phillips is going to cling tenaciously to his job, even in the face of one of the greatest blunders in the history of sports labor relations.He just plain blew it. He got desperate when it appeared that the owners were going to take a hard-line stand in pending labor negotiations and organized a desperate gambit that had no chance to succeed.He's got to go the way of the 22 umpires that he -- and Major PhillipsLeague Baseball -- put out of work. The union needs to reorganize or, at the very least, hire a new director who knows when to fight and, maybe more importantly, when not to fight.
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By JOHN STEADMAN | April 13, 1995
Major League Baseball may not be shouting "kill the umpires," but it sure is trying to bury them. The umpires are being treated with total disdain in another incongruous example of the stupidity of the game's humpty-dumpty club owners and its irresponsible leadership.The umpires may call strikes for a living, but this is something entirely different, not of their doing. It's a lockout by the owners.The umpires, to evidence their concern for baseball's chaotic conditions, volunteered to continue working when their contract expired Dec. 31. However, Harry Wendelstedt, the senior umpire in both leagues, quoted the owners' attorney Robert Kheel as rejecting the idea and saying, "Let the umpires negotiate hungry."
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By Kent Baker | September 24, 1990
Dave Johnson spent most of his first eight seasons in the minor leagues, so he knows better than to take anything for granted.The Baltimore Orioles' biggest winner this season will not go to spring training under the illusion that he has a guaranteed place on the team."
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By Peter Schmuck and Peter Schmuck,SUN STAFF | January 22, 2000
The National Labor Relations Board took another important step toward certifying a new union for major- league umpires yesterday when it shot down an attempt by deposed union chief Richie Phillips to challenge the election that decertified the Major League Baseball Umpires Association. The ruling set the stage for the Independent Umpires Organizing Committee to begin representing major-league umpires in negotiations with Major League Baseball on a new labor contract, though Phillips and MLBUA president Jerry Crawford still have the option of filing one more appeal before the NLRB certifies the new union.
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By Peter Schmuck and Peter Schmuck,SUN STAFF | November 2, 1999
More than 60 major-league umpires are expected to attend a meeting in Baltimore today to discuss the possible decertification of the Major League Baseball Umpires Association and the formation of a new union.The Major League Umpires Independent Organizing Committee hopes to persuade a majority of umpires to topple longtime union czar Richie Phillips and put the future of the 93 members of the existing union in new hands. Phillips is not expected to attend the meeting, which will take place at the Inner Harbor Days Inn.The dissident movement gained momentum under veteran umpires Joe Brinkman, Dave Phillips and John Hirschbeck after 22 umpires lost their jobs in an ill-advised job action in July.
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By Peter Schmuck and Peter Schmuck,SUN STAFF | September 5, 1999
Umpires union chief Richie Phillips is going to cling tenaciously to his job, even in the face of one of the greatest blunders in the history of sports labor relations.He just plain blew it. He got desperate when it appeared that the owners were going to take a hard-line stand in pending labor negotiations and organized a desperate gambit that had no chance to succeed.He's got to go the way of the 22 umpires that he -- and Major PhillipsLeague Baseball -- put out of work. The union needs to reorganize or, at the very least, hire a new director who knows when to fight and, maybe more importantly, when not to fight.
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By Buster Olney and Buster Olney,SUN STAFF | February 9, 1997
Kevin Malone, the Orioles assistant general manager, responded to umpires' lawyer Richie Phillips yesterday, saying he should mind his own business.Phillips criticized the statement by Orioles owner Peter Angelos that he would pay second baseman Roberto Alomar during his five-game suspension, which he received for spitting on umpire John Hirschbeck. On Friday, Phillips said, "When you pay someone during suspension, what you are in effect giving them is a paid vacation."Malone said yesterday: "Who is [Phillips]
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By JOHN STEADMAN | April 13, 1995
Major League Baseball may not be shouting "kill the umpires," but it sure is trying to bury them. The umpires are being treated with total disdain in another incongruous example of the stupidity of the game's humpty-dumpty club owners and its irresponsible leadership.The umpires may call strikes for a living, but this is something entirely different, not of their doing. It's a lockout by the owners.The umpires, to evidence their concern for baseball's chaotic conditions, volunteered to continue working when their contract expired Dec. 31. However, Harry Wendelstedt, the senior umpire in both leagues, quoted the owners' attorney Robert Kheel as rejecting the idea and saying, "Let the umpires negotiate hungry."
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By Kent Baker | September 24, 1990
Dave Johnson spent most of his first eight seasons in the minor leagues, so he knows better than to take anything for granted.The Baltimore Orioles' biggest winner this season will not go to spring training under the illusion that he has a guaranteed place on the team."
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April 19, 1995
ARLINGTON, Va. -- Union head Richie Phillips said locked-out major league umpires will return immediately if owners agree to continue talks until a new collective bargaining agreement is reached, USA Today reported today."
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By Peter Schmuck and Peter Schmuck,Sun Staff Correspondent | April 8, 1991
WASHINGTON -- The labor dispute between Major League Baseball and the Major League Umpires Association remained unresolved yesterday, which means that amateur umpires probably will staff today's season opener between the Baltimore Orioles and Chicago White Sox at Memorial Stadium.The umpires walked out on the final two days of exhibition games after negotiations on a new labor agreement ground to ' 'TC halt. Union director Richie Phillips says the owners are preparing for a lockout. MLB negotiator Richard Kheel is calling it a strike by the umpires.
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