Thank Professional Sports Leaders for Supporting Workers’ Rights

MLB

Target: Michael Weiner, Major League Baseball Player’s Association Executive Director

Goal: Thank Michael Weiner and the MLBPA for supporting workers’ rights

The battle between unionized workers and management at a Pennsylvania garment factory recently garnered the attention of Major League Baseball (MLB) players. The VF Majestic factory at the center of this dispute manufactures all MLB uniforms where workers are affiliated with the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). The SEIU workers are fighting attempts “to double health premiums without increasing benefits,” ThinkProgress reports.

Over the last week VF Majestic’s frustrated workers gained a somewhat unexpected ally in their fight for fair wages and affordable health coverage: the Major League Baseball Player’s Association (MLBPA). MLBPA’s executive director, Michael Weiner, urged workers to “stick together.” He noted that the MLBPA “take seriously [their] role as a union,” a point clearly demonstrated through their previous opposition to anti-union legislation in Michigan. As ThinkProgress aptly states, “the backing of the MLBPA gives the workers a voice and leverage they wouldn’t have had otherwise.”

Thank the MLBPA for its outspoken efforts to protect the workers at VF Majestic and elsewhere.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear MLBPA Executive Director Michael Weiner,

Workers’ access to fair wages, affordable healthcare, retirement plans, and respectful working environments represents a critical concern for millions of manufacturers across the nation. As leader of the MLBPA your advocacy for these basic necessities transcends the interests of your own unionized players. Supporting workers at the VF Majestic factory, whose work every MLB player relies upon daily, is just the latest example of your commitment to a just employment environment.

We, the undersigned, sincerely thank you for your efforts and applaud your willingness to leverage the resources and influence of the MLBPA for workers whose voices are stifled. Continue fighting passionately for workers’ wellbeing and dignity.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Jeff Dahl via Wikimedia

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