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Umps’ Decision Expected Friday

January 31, 2000

NEW YORK (AP) _ Richie Phillips and the Major League Umpires Association won’t decide until Friday whether to file another appeal to overturn the election that kicked them out last November.

Friday is the deadline to appeal the decision of David E. Leach III, a National Labor Relations Board hearing officer who on Jan. 21 rejected the objections filed by Phillips and the MLUA.

Umpires voted 57-35 in November to replace the MLUA with a new union. But the vote has not been certified as Phillips and the MLUA proceeded with their appeals.

The next step would be for the MLUA to appeal Smith’s decision to the five-man NLRB in Washington.

``The final decision has not been made yet,″ MLUA lawyer Pat Campbell said Monday, adding: ``Things like this usually go down to the end.″

Meanwhile, the new union, which calls itself the World Umpires Association, has had about 50 umpires join, according to one of its lawyers, Joel Smith.

John Shulock and Darryl Cousins, who were replacement umpires during the 1979 strike and were then refused membership in the MLUA, are among those who have joined, Smith said.

New members must pay a $3,000 initiation fee. Until the new union is certified, talks for a labor contract to replace the one that expired Dec. 31 have been on hold.

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