NEW YORK – The Major Baseball and Players Association have each sent a request to the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service to signal their intentions to renegotiate the collective agreement, which expires on December 1, 2021.
These messages, necessary for any form of negotiation under U.S. labor law, were sent August 26 by Assistant Commissioner Dan Halem and Ian Penny, Secretary General of the Major Baseball Players Association.
Under US federal law, a collective agreement cannot be amended or revoked unless one of the parties involved who wishes to make the changes notifies the other more than 60 days before the termination of the employment contract and requests termination. 30 days before sending this notice.
Major Baseball has not experienced a work stoppage since the seven-and-a-half-month strike that led to the cancellation of the 1994 World Series – in which the Montreal Expos could have participated.
The two sides found common ground to avoid a work stoppage in 2002, 2006, 2011 and 2016, but the relationship has been a little more strained in recent years due to a decline in wage increases.