MLBPA, MLB starting funds for workers hurt by lockout

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MLB and the players union may have taken away their work days, but both sides are trying to support those hurt by the ongoing lockout.

MLB and the union are each launching funds for stadium workers and others impacted by the lockout, which has delayed the start of the 2022 season.

The union announced their $1 million fund in a statement Friday. ESPN's Jesse Rogers first reported the league's fund, the details of which have not yet been announced.

Said MLBPA executive director Tony Clark in a statement: "This fund is intended to support workers who are most affected by the MLB-imposed lockout but whose livelihoods have been disregarded by the owners in their efforts to pressure Players into accepting an unfair deal."

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Commissioner Rob Manfred announced the first week of the season is canceled on Tuesday, shortly after the league-imposed deadline for a new labor agreement passed without a deal.

Negotiations between the league and union have been slow-moving and often contentious, and there's little signal they're close to reaching an agreement.

MLB, according to multiple reports, including The Athletic, has signaled a willingness to cancel the first month of the season.

The union's fund will be administered in partnership with the AFL-CIO. According to their statement, the two sides will work closely in the coming weeks to determine "the hardest hit communities and align resource distribution to those who need it most."

"There are a lot of people who make our game great," Max Scherzer and Andrew Miller, MLBPA executive board leaders, said in a statement. "Many aren't seen or heard, but they are vital to the entertainment experience of our games.

"Unfortunately, they will be also be among those affected by the owner-imposed lockout and the cancelation of games. Through this fund, we want to let them know that they have our support."

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