Wednesday, June 19, 2019

MLB Rejects MLBUA's Workplace Violence Tweet

MLB Umpires Association (MLBUA)'s feud with Major League Baseball took a nasty turn as the sides traded barbs over Joe Torre's handling of 6/15's Manny Machado ejection, with MLB admonishing the umpire union for invoking "workplace violence," claiming it was an "inappropriate" comparison.

This video analysis illustrates the recent MLBUA vs MLB episode, why the two sides appear to be placing chess as the umpires' contract with the league is set to expire at the end of 2019, and why MLB might take such strong offense to the union's illusion to "workplace violence," which is a specific federal legal term that itself invokes the General Duty Clause of the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) of 1970.

In general, a claim of workplace violence piques US Department of Labor's interest; a 2011 directive, for instance, instructs OSHA on how to enforce the investigation or inspection of workplace violence incidents. If MLB acknowledged Saturday's incident as "workplace violence," it may have resulted in unwanted government interest, which could put MLB's coveted antitrust exemption status on the line—something the league likely would like to avoid.

So what is workplace violence and how does it relate to Saturday's ejection? Video as follows:

Alternate Link: MLB Calls Out Umpire Union's WorkplaceViolence Tweet (CCS)


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