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Umps, Owners Extend Interim Deal

May 31, 2000

BALTIMORE (AP) _ Negotiators for major league umpires and owners agreed Wednesday to extend their interim agreement by a month through June.

Under the interim agreement, which was announced March 21 and had been due to expire Wednesday, the sides agreed to keep in place the terms of the contract that ended Dec. 31. The sides also agreed not to start a strike or lockout without 14 days notice.

Management lawyer Frank Coonelly said Wednesday’s extension runs through June 30. That means there cannot be a work stoppage through July 14.

The new union, the World Umpires Association, was certified by the National Labor Relations Board on Feb. 24 and replaced Richie Phillips’ Major League Umpires Association.

While the new union, led primarily by AL umpires, negotiates the collective bargaining agreement, the old union remains in charge of the grievance attempting to regain the jobs of 22 umps let go last September.

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