Should Minor League baseball players be exempt from labor laws? | The Tylt
Two members of Congress introduced legislation on June 29 that would exempt Minor League baseball teams from labor laws regulating overtime pay. The legislation is in response to a federal lawsuit in California that claims players have a right to overtime pay.
News of the legislation brought out a scathing backlash on Twitter. Many of the Minor League players are paid absolutely abysmal salaries, sometimes making less than minimum wage. Critics say it’s not too much to ask to pay the players at least a minimum wage and overtime pay—in fact it’s only fair.
Others argue that the whole point of playing Minor League baseball is to attempt to advance to the big leagues. It’s almost like an internship—many people forgo college to enter the minor leagues in hopes of making it one day. They know what they’re getting themselves into. Besides, plenty of people make next to no money at their jobs, why should Minor League players warrant different treatment.
#ExemptMiLBPlayers or #PayMiLBPlayers? What do you think?
Should Minor League baseball players be exempt from labor laws?
Minor League Baseball is filled with people at all levels who are vastly underpaid. It desperately needs a shakeup.— Jake Sharkstrom (@jakesundstrom) June 29, 2016
Disgraceful to see Congress try to protect MiLB paying far less than minimum wage. Shame on owners & MLBPA for letting this ride after '94— Christina Kahrl (@ChristinaKahrl) June 29, 2016